(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.
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.
Not only firefighters but amubulance and first responders and many more!!!!
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.
lol i agree Bill
I'm a huge fan, what did you think about Joe Bidens comment about Hillary Clinton on the veep position?
Obama is having trouble keeping it succinct
I wish the media would do more of these instead of debates. These are more different then those debate.
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!
The host and hostess are so clearly bias it is not funny.
i said thanks but no thanks to the republican ticket
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".
its clear that obmites are all thats in the audience, preped to cheer,
OBAMA IS THE BOMB. . .AMERICA IS TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE HIS VISION!
Obama looks better and sounds more realistic. And he can raise his hands above his shoulder!
Perfect answer on the first question......
Obama is the greatest! He his tackling the questions brilliantly...this is the kind of intellect we need in this nation.
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
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!
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.
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.
So McCain attacks a group he belongs to for doing a poor job?
educational wise we should have started to teach school kids arabic after 911
Sen. Obama looks and sound so presidential !
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.