September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
6 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. Jewel

    Eleanor you may not understand why anyone would want to have govenment control those aspects of their live, but there are alot of low information Americans that need help. That's not a put down, that's just the truth.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. bette

    My one wish is that someone will ask Sen. McCain:
    why are you against the rest of the citizens of this country from receiving the same health care policy you receive from the Federal Government....I'm sure your cost is very much lower than what I pay as a direct-pay independent contractor without benefits. It's hypocritical to take that benefit and speak condescendingly to citizens who must purchase inferior coverage at higher costs. You benefit from a 'government run program'.....I'd like to also.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. count us out

    I think we should have TERM LIMITS and we should also have a window of time for campaigning election season. We should also have free and equal tv – radio time for all candidates. Furthermore, we should have the best leaders – not the richest – or those who are puppets to rich folks – who are the only ones who can afford to run for office.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. CSpann

    Yes, Michael, I agree. Obama refers to it as the "silly season" in politics.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Disgruntled republican

    He's good. Very articulate.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Cam

    It is great to see all the CNN personalities interacting on here. At least you guys get enough time to really discuss how you feel, not like when you're on tv.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Christine MI

    Good God...please no more GOP!

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

    To ask the private secture to take of the Americans is the opposite of what McCain is running for. How does he expect to take on the health care industries? The health care industries is a private deal so how will he go and say to them that the government wants you to lower your rates to the American people? They can say we are private company and we can charge whatever we want. You can't say you want small government but exect the government to go to big companies and tell them what to do.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Kevin from CA

    When people serve in their community, they do it for the community they serve. They do it because they care about the people in the community.

    When people serve in the military, they do it to serve the country they love. They do it because they have faith in their President, their government, & that the people support their sacrifice.

    That's the clear picture to the idea of service. People have lost faith in President Bush & in their government.

    Senator McCain has inspired people by his selection of Governor Palin, not because he has inspired us.

    Senator Obama has inspired all of America for more than 19 months. And that is why he is my choice for President.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Left Coast

    McCain's choice of Palin shows how deeply the Religious Right controls the Republican Party. Palin shows every sign she would impose her religion on the rest of us. The Republican platform also would impose one version of religion on us. How is it that the Republicans say they want to get government out of people's lives, but at the same time would tell people who they can marry, allow someone to refuse to provide medical services based on what the provider thinks, oh, and force women to have children, even if they don't wish to have them? Some freedom left in the US!

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. ww-New York

    I like Obama however, I hope he doesn't "ramble" tonight!!! Keep to the point!

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Samurai Jack

    This issue of services gives Obama an opportunity to play up the community organizer role. Basically what will be interesting is if Obama makes the connection that SERVICE=Community Organization

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. judy in PA

    The campaign turned negative with all the ads McCain is running and blames it all on Obama for not having town hall meetings with him. I am losing interest very fast and may not vote unless they start focusing on the issues, and their specific plans to carry them out.
    The media also helps to foster the negative rather than the issues in the campaign.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Nina McGonegal

    I believe I jumped in before I knew what the topic was ~ I apologize. I've just been wondering if either candidate has addressed this problem. And I would LOVE to hear what they feel about this problem which has been virtually ignored for many years.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. DREW79

    Great Answer for Oama

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. N Clewett

    The reason much of the world dislikes America is largely due to the arrogance of its president, government and many of its people. John McCain in calling America "exceptional" just articulated very well exactly the position that the rest of the world cannot abide – if this is his attitude to the world then four years of John McCain will do nothing to enhance the image of America overseas.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Bev

    Shannon, I'm with you. And since McCain wouldn't answer, maybe Roland can point us in the right direction.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. NC

    Obama should have patented his campaign theme of "change" and sued McCain.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. G Smith

    Rural Volunteer Firefighters are critically needed and are disappearing rapidly. What will Sen Obama do to help rural volunteer firefighter? FEMAs current program is a joke and badly run. Will Sen Obama reward and encourage rural volunteer firefighters?

    G Smith, Annville, PA

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    With so many other more qualified that would be willing to serve as Vice President, you have to question McCain's judgment. It comes as a great disappointment that McCain has placed his candidacy ahead of the interests of the American people. What an insult to the other candidates and to the voters in this country.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Donald Stuckey

    One good thing about Obama is that he's staying on message is a message he's had the last 19 months.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    They shouldn't be using McCain's answers in Obama's questions.

    NOT FAIR!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. MLB

    Obama is right! We are hungry for it! People don't even use their turn signals anymore (which is symbolic because the only reason you have a turn signal is for courtesy to others). We need to come together and work as a big team!

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. meg a.

    BARRACK OBAMA HAS HAD 18 MONTHS AND 300 ADVISORS TO FUEL HIS AMBITIOUS "MISSION.

    I AM CURIOUS WHAT HE UNDERSTOOD ABOUT RUSSIA, GEORGIA AND ISRAEL WHEN HE WAS MOONLIGHTING AS A SENATOR FOR 140 DAYS BEFORE HIS CAMPAIGN STARTED; WHICH BY THE WAY IS HIS ONLY ACCOMPLISHMENT; RUNNING FOR OFFICE NOT ACTUALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN ONE.

    NEWS FLASH, SARAH PALIN IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

    THE OBAMA CAMP NEEDS TO MOVE PAST PALIN.

    AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS, DUE TO HIS NONEXISTENT RECORD OF A POLITICIAN...ELEVATE YOURSELF WITHOUT ATTACKING THE REPUBLICANS.

    GET ON WITH THE REAL ISSUES BARRACK.

    MAYBE YOU CAN FIT THAT IN BETWEEN CO-CHAIRING WITH A TERRORIST AND ORGANIZING SOMETHING.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Christine

    I wish you liberals would LISTEN to John McCain has to say instead of LISTENING to the LEFT MEDIA Media.
    Mr. McCain HATES WAR....I think he may know something about.
    If ANYONE has SERVICED this country whether it be 40 years ago or TODAY......He is an example of SERVICE.
    Also at least he can ANSWER a QUESTION in one sentence.
    You liberals are just a bunch of whiners!!

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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