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. Cynthia

    Roland you are my hero. I wish you were moderating or selecting the questions! We need to know the answers to the tough questions and issues, not watered down statements that tell us nothing new.

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Rick in Minnesota

    Not only firefighters but amubulance and first responders and many more!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. James Cox

    Gooooo Obamaaa!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Vicki Stein, MI

    Yes! Obama talking about what matters. Reducing dependency on foreign oil!

    Talking about real homeland security initiatives. Firefighters, asking youth to commit to service, etc.

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Elijah

    lol i agree Bill

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Jessy King

    Candy

    I'm a huge fan, what did you think about Joe Bidens comment about Hillary Clinton on the veep position?

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Cam

    Obama is having trouble keeping it succinct

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Tina

    I wish the media would do more of these instead of debates. These are more different then those debate.

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. vanessa rebecchi

    Obama is right! After 9/11 was not a time to shop but instead a time to think about how we can be oil independent from the Middle East!

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. DJB

    The host and hostess are so clearly bias it is not funny.

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. mike

    i said thanks but no thanks to the republican ticket

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. service-learning advocate

    One thing that has not been mentioned so far this evening is the service that millions of our youth give to their communities while enhancing their education. Service-Learning activities allow students to increase their academic performance through their service activities, by addressing community needs that are not being met by local volunteers. Community and faith based organizations see these youth volunteers as commoditites as well as inspirations. The community sees the youth as community MEMBERS not just "kids".

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. rap

    its clear that obmites are all thats in the audience, preped to cheer,

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Sherry, Atlanta

    OBAMA IS THE BOMB. . .AMERICA IS TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE HIS VISION!

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. cj

    Obama looks better and sounds more realistic. And he can raise his hands above his shoulder!

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Lisa in Ga

    Perfect answer on the first question......

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Lanre Akinola

    Obama is the greatest! He his tackling the questions brilliantly...this is the kind of intellect we need in this nation.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Dean Bumgarner

    Ill finish my sentence......if we attack our country's problems like we did Iraq, we become stronger and more self reliant. Back to the
    country the world looks to for help, not the uninvited guest who
    won't leave.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Tony

    Why do Obama supporters have to disturb everything? The Republican convention, McCain's visit to a diner, and now a forum on service? Can we be a bit more mature!

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. DC

    Michael, I agree. I would like to see a LOT less about lipstick, farm animals, pregnant teens, and other miscellaneous data that has nothing to do with issues or serious plans for the country.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Jon Stirling

    I'm certain that somebody thought this was a good idea – but I wish we heard more substance from McCain and policies he has in mind. It sounds as though he has no idea on what he would do except point to other things that currently exist.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Jeffrey

    So McCain attacks a group he belongs to for doing a poor job?

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. malkawiwife cuyahoga falls ohio

    educational wise we should have started to teach school kids arabic after 911

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president

    Sen. Obama looks and sound so presidential !

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Sandra

    Please someone correct me, but did I just hear McCain imply that green card carriers are more american then americans because they rush to serve.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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