September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Live-blogging with The Best Political Team

Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.

Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.

(CNN) –On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama each take the stage to discuss service and civic engagement in a forum at Columbia University.

What do you think of their ideas? How does the role of service determine what kind of nation we live in? What does national service mean to you?

Along with CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, and Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, thousands of you weighed in.

Click "comments" below for a look at the entire conversation.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (4,056 Responses)
  1. Roland is my cousin


    Did Bay just praise McCain for AVOIDING a question on Immigration? When he is now against his own bill because it wasn't popular?

    what happened to the straight talk? Or the Maverick on that?

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Roland, I would love to hear your thoughts on some truly useful ways you think citizens can make a stand about these nasty campaign tactics. I am willing to to do what it takes. Thanks.

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. DREW79

    I think McCain will say anything to get elected

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Pete

    Didn't Bush once smear the woman running against him from Texas starting the false rumor that she was lesbian?

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Unfortunately, this type of forum leads to platitudinous responses as did the Rick Warren forum. Obama and McCain have to be very, very careful that their answers do not feed the "sound bite" fodder and we do not learn much.

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Bill

    If you commentators could just focus on the players in this drama and act like real critics it would be great. Unfortunately, too often you seem to think YOU and your opinions are the story. When you realize that you are merely the vessel for the wine or beer or coffee, etc. then your coverage will be a lot more interesting. I think the media would actually like to see a squeeker of an election because it would be fun. Just remember, if we get to close to the edge, its the whole country that'll fall off the cliff. Getting this one right is a big responsibility. TRY HARDER!

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Melanie Rosas

    Why has the media seem to be covering only Palin and not Biden? He's appearing at numerous locations in battleground states scalding the Bush administration and McCain on issues relating to the economy and health insurance, all in the midst of continuous negative economic developments, but none of that is getting covered.

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. tickerroland

    Tom, did you watch the event at Saddleback? McCain played to the crowd as well!

    And he was smart to do it. McCain was focused on HIS agenda, not Rick Warren's.

    Obama? He was about Warren's agenda, and that was a dumb move.

    You're running. Not Rick.

    That was a mistake on his part. He should have treated the audience like the jury: that's who will decide your innocence or guilt.

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Karen, Scranton, PA ;Home of Guns and Religion

    Obama, the cost of his arrogance equals taxpayers hard earned dollars..cost of his pro choice views another unborn child, cost of his comments about pigs..the stock just went up on lipstick Mr. McCain, Priceless

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Adrienne

    Kind of like how Mccain played to the crowd at saddleback, Tom?
    We can only hope so.

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Eric from miami

    If McCain would only put some of those we should of 's and we got to's on paper

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. kplust

    A quick quiz:

    Sarah Palin is:
    a) A fraud
    b) A hypocrite
    c) A liar
    d) A pawn for the good old boys she claims to stand up to
    e) All of the above

    If we fall for it, we are the dumbest nation on the planet.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. carmen

    i watched the comments being made by David Gergen & John King after Sarah Palins' welcome home speech last night in Alaska. All I can say is that I hope they both had a cigarette after. They were gushing and cooing as if she called them individually by name. David & John, you guys can at least pretend that you're not taking sides, geez!

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. Laura


    I agree with you. McCain has the harder time of the two candidates because:

    1) he is repubican
    2) George Bush is unpopular
    3) Many things went wrong under the Bush administration.

    However, it is obvious that he is not George Bush. He is a man who has a record of working across the aisle and will do so if elected.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Ann Love

    Obviously the candidates will not appear on stage or in a debate without previous knowledge of the questions they will be asked. I long to see politicians think on their feet rather than recall from memory the answer they've had prepared for them.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Petro

    I would like to hear John McCain acknowledge that his conduct in office over the past 7 years has been a big help in putting our country in the shape that it is in today. His record speaks loud and clear as to his partisenship, I would just like to know how he considers himself a maverick when voting along over 90% of the time.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. ellington7

    What make me sick is when people ask why this election is so close when it's suppose to be a democratic year. It's obvious that race is the 1000 pound gorilla in the room, so why act like obama isn't being specific enough, or that he's not being tough enough. He's run one of the greatest campaigns in the history of this country, but like he said, this isn't going to be easy because the status quo which are the bigots don't want to see change. These are the same close minded idiots that voted for Bush twice, so do you think there going to wise up and smell the coffee now? Then ask your self, if they can't smell the coffee, do you really think there going to vote for a black man? I think not....

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Steve Brown

    Either I am confused or McCain is confused. In regard to tonight's question about Palin's derisive remarks concerning Obama's community service, he said her comments were in response to something Obama's campaign said concerning her record. If I'm not mistaken, she made that comment during her nomination acceptance speech. Obama's campaign didn't even have her on their radar screen at that time.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Joy WI now Tom, your mind is closed before he starts... that is not a good place to start.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Patricia

    Senator McCain gave a great speech tonight. I was very impressed with his very candid responses. I believe that his experience and knowledge are exactly what this country needs and I am 100% in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin for President and Vice President of OUR United States of America!

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. William Jenkins

    Something needs to be done about the current Workforce Investment Act (WIA) . Moneis are being spent in every state and not really used to help individuals find jobs. The programs that are trying to make chances are not able to find on-going funds. It seems like more monies go to admin support than to direct services. What will be done to correct this tend?

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. connie

    I'd like to have heard a few hard, relevant questions. The economy, women's reproductive rights, ecology, the Supreme Court, George Bush and his dismal administration [ J.S.McC has always supported their policies and theis administration]....I'd like to have had some questions adressing these concerns.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Bill Schneider

    Obama and McCain both talk about that spirit of unity after 9/11. But it was extraordinarily short lived.

    The question both McCain and Obama have to answer is how to get that unity back.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Christy

    Bill, I'm not sure that at this point we will learn anything new from the candidates. I think now, if you dont already know the issues and where each stands then you've not been around for the last 2 months. Its now about how each is able to sell their positions.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Christian, Tampa FL

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I was pleased with John McCain.

    The only thing that really bothered me was that he blamed the negative tone of his campaign on the disintegration of negotiations over the series of town-hall meetings.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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