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

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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. George Sey

    The Lady said she will fight Russia. It has taken the US 7years fighting small AL- CAIDA and you want to add Putin?

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. yeah right

    I am tired of Mccain acting as if he had nothing to do with the mistakes that this Goverment has done. He only takes credit for things like the Surge

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Linda-in Dallas, Tx

    All he talking about is WAR, WAR,WAR!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. redneck for obama

    mccain sounds like hes been taking lessons and talking points from the obama team.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. RapidRay

    McCain's in his element tonight.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Theresa

    I for one am sick, sick, sick of seeing Sarah Palin on every news station. This woman is a complete distraction and the media is playing into the Republicans hands by making this election about personalities rather than issues. Issues are what need to be discussed. The Democrats have a real vision for where this country needs to go but nobody can hear it because they focus on stupid lipstick comments. Please let's talk about issues.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Linda

    Funny how change has become McCain's buzzword after criticizing Obama about that very phrase. He knows how to fix it?? Hasn't done that yet, has he?

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. hurriCAIN PALIN

    mccain served the country with his military service, obama served the

    country by voting 'present' a lot of times(not so good judgement there),

    and why are the democrats attacking palin with no experience, just

    look at the candidate at the top of the democrat ticket – no experience

    either

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. MaroonTiger

    McCain keeps talking about "they" referring to Congress. "They" never miss a recess. "They" never miss a chance to raise their pay. Hasn't HE been a part of "they" for over 20 years? Take some responsibility. How about WE never miss a vacation, etc.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. kat

    I am so scared John McCain will when this...all I hear is the same 'ole-same 'ole blah blah blah......

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Shannon Solomon, Cincinnati, OH

    I find it amazing how he won't mention Bush or the Republican party during this forum. What a joke! He can run but he can't hid the fact that he was apart of the establishment that has broken America.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Joni Jones

    Question for McCain: If you are committed to service, then why run a F-A-L-S-E ad against your opponent that will discourage voters from supporting advocacy programs that will make a difference in lives of AMerican citizens. Namely small children. Aren't they what matter most?

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Christy

    McCain says he knows where the problems are – he is the problem. A Republica looking to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

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

    Obama is the intelligent,sincere man for the oval office,ready & able to move this country forward with honest ,inclusive choices & decisions.
    McCain's future is the past !

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. James Cox

    yea John, when you were a maverick. I supported you in 2000 because I believed in you. Now, you have catered to right wing neoconservatives. I can't go for that.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. shash

    When i hear McCain and Palin talk all i can hear is about WAR this is a wrong path for America , I think we should look back into history war never helps.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Silene Young

    A quote from McCain that explains everything – "one thing we politicians crave and it's approval". This is why he does what he does, says what he says and why he has a losing ex-beauty queen who DID win MIss Congeniality – a title, apparently McCain didn't (maybe he's jealous) as his running mate. It's not about service to them – it's about power and recognition. This explains in a nutshell why they do not belong in the White House.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. rap

    Mccanin actually is better without a teleprompter, Its your guy that need the kicker.
    Sorry, Its another of the Obama Technique

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. A. Bellak

    The Palin's interview showed once again that McCain put politics first, this lady seems a disaster for the country, someone has to stop her.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Is McCain speaking or regurgitating?

    Either way, it's spew.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Robert, North Carolina

    This forum is silly if the candidates are going to give their political jabs but the interviewees aren't going to go after the lies in they procliam. John McCain has been in Washington for 30 years and yet he is allowed to say, with out challenge, that he is going to reform it??? Where is the justice??? This is not respectable media.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Maz Dalton

    Although this is being presented as an unrehearsed forum, there's nothing so far that has required McCain to go off-message. I'd like to see him thrown a few curly questions zeroing in on the disparagement that's come out of his campaign towards "community organisers".

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. WALTER

    McCain constantly says he knows how to do something be it catching Osama Bin Laden or fixing Washington. He has been in DC for almost THIRTY years, why has he not fixed it yet?

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Paula

    I served my country and was not allowed to stay in the service during a time of war because there were only so many spots for advancement. I tried to stay in the military but when there are 100 candidates for 1 'Major' spot, the rest of us are discharged. The military rules need to be changed.

    Also, not everyone raising a family at home can just pick up and leave and serve unpaid, especially in these times.

    September 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Rita Olympia, WA

    Greg from FL I'm with you!!! He didn't, and he is only because "It's the RIGHT thing to say"

    September 11, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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