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. Greg FL.

    If McCain believes the negative campaign is just part of tough politics. Then why is his campaign crying over every comment made about Palin.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Stephen

    who authorized the war in Iraq? Bush. Who supported the Iraq war? Mccain. Who promoted the surge? Mccain. Why does Mccain want Obama to praise and recognise his prmotion of surge?Bush,Mccain & co. created a war situation they could not sustain.After 7 years, they finally found a way to wriggle out of it;by paying the insurgents and sending more troops.Why should we praise Mccain?

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Herman Lochner, South Africa

    As a South African following tonight's forum I couldn't help but to wonder how McCain was in service of his country by choosing Palin as his running mate ─ many will claim that it was a disservice to ALL the experience available at his fingertips.

    He values national interest, yet this extremely important decision shines as a political gamble: one that might come off, but it hardly supports his own beliefs.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Andre

    Bay, remember life and death is in the power of the tougue. It's in the Bible.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Nicole

    Christian, what else can he say? He seems to forget his campaign's ads.

    Bill, that's an excellent point. The country needs a uniter especially after these last 8 years.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Michelle

    the media thrives on the conflict...Obamas speech on education yesterday was enlightening and specific but the first comment the newsdesk had after was"as we expected he comments on the lipstic controversy..and then was back off " no specific comments on his ideas fotr education.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Heidi

    Ignorance is bliss, Jim!

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Pete

    We had eight years of a 'Cowboy' administration and policies. And most everyone in the world agrees that 'cowboy' policies and politics failed. Now we're asked to embrace 'Maverick' politicians, a 'maverick' administration? Isn't that the same thing as 'cowboy'?

    Cowboy = Maverick. Bush = McCain.

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

    Bill,

    We haven't learned anything? Obama just started. You've already formed an opinion and one candidate hasn't had a chance to talk yet.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. James Cox

    This is all hindsight , but I feel that Obama is giving more specifics.

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

    Barack has got to be careful here. His thoughtfulness sometimes turns into long windedness. He needs to work on giving shorter, more concise answers.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Ron

    it seems to me that the people supporting Obama, are the people who look to the government to do everything for them. the people supporting McCain seem to be people who want to have the opportunity to help themselves.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Johnny

    Roland this setting would be better if both candidates were together but this is a nice repreive/setting from the the divisive partisan politics that consistently gets displayed throughout this campaign by both sides and enflamed by the media.

    This topic is one where it seems Obama and McCain share commonality. As Americans (Republicans and Democrats) we spend more time pointing fingers at the other party for what they said or what they have or haven't done than trying to find the areas where we have common ground and working from there.

    Being an American isn't a zero sum game however both parties and candidates have forgotten some of the basic constructs and principles that our forefathers fought so hard for many years ago.

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

    I certainly hope that they ask him where Michelle was today at the 9/11 ceremonies. Saw Cindy McCain was there.

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

    ...good answer, lessened by a scream from a Senator Obama groupie in the audience

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Madeline

    I'm slightly confused by this forum. How is it fair when Obama was given time (even if limited) to consider the questions as McCain was answering them?

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

    Look, the USA and the free world is threatened by Islamic terrorist. That is a fact, not an opinion. Obama is not seasoned enough to see the threat as real. There is a reason why we have not been attacked since 2001. We need McCain on Defense and we need Palin on reform. Obama should go back to teaching Constitutional Law.....he may learn something.

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

    You don't have to wear a military uniform to serve your country. You don't have to be a POW to love your country.

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    NATIONAL SERVICE IS DOING THINGS LIKE BEING A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND OTHER SUCH THINGS THAT MAKE US ALL A BETTER PLACE, IT'S PUTTING YOURSELF BEFORE OTHERS TO HELP BRING US ALL INCLUDING THE LEAST OF US ALONG THIS JORNEY TO A BETTER PLACE IN LIFE!

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

    I am disgusted with Campbell Brown's lie about what Sarah Palin said. This is what she said:

    We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

    We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Palin may meet the requirements to be president per the constitution, but does she meet America's requirements to run a nation? That is the question. Can she be president? We have to ask that question under the obvious circumstances. Maybe in a better time when America was more stable and safe, but not now with a failing economy and such a dangerous time in America. I personally don't feel comfortable with picking some one that you have to prepare just to do a sit down interview with. Biden was prepared to do an interview day one after being selected. We have yet been able to get a REAL interview with Palin. That is not some one that I want to see in the second highest office in the country.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Tonya

    Volunteer firefighters and EMT squads are not just in the rual areas – I live in Virginia Beach, VA and we have a completely volunteer EMT squad for the entire city.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Wade

    Thanks God, someone is being specific.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Renee

    I think people need to wake up and see what's going on. John McCain
    wasn’t to win so bad he's at a point of doing and saying any and everything. How can you be soooooo patriotic and run ads to the america people that are out right lies! He is just like the Bush Admin and each day people should see how he is changing before their eyes.

    Can someone tell me how does being a POW make you the best qualified person for the job? Our young man and woman serving in the army forces don't need a military 'hot' head in office when the US is trying to bring closure to the war. Now Sarah is using her son as an example of how one should serve their country. First her daughter now her son, what's next?

    Sarah Palin is messing with people lives and I think people need to play close attention to what she say and how she act. She is caught up in the AWE of everything. When they first asked her about VP, she was seen on a clip saying what the VP do? Now, let me see you're the a Gov. and don't know what the VP of the United State does? Come on people wake up and get serious. Don't play with your life
    because she's appealing to the cameras!

    This is serious people we need to look at the team as a whole and weigh the issues as to who can better run the country. Not people who place their standards based on their family and individual preferences.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Robert D.

    I too am an Obama supporter, but quite frankly I can't wait for January no matter who wins!

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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