(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.
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Now this is how you answer questions!!!!
Obama is so much more well-spoken and appears to have a level of contemplation, intelligence, and depth that McCain lacks on screen. It gives me the impression that he is more thougthful and not just speaking off the top of his notes or what he thinks people want to hear (which is the feeling that I get with McCain).
This is such a relevant subject and it is a huge benefit that Richard Stengal, Service Nation, Time Magazine and CNN were able to get this dialogue organized with our two candidates. America needs a shot of energy right now and something they can feel good about and stand behind. Whatever candidate wins, they will be faced with a lot of problems that seem to be interrelated with an anemic U.S. economy – from high unemployment, high fuel prices, healthcare and education systems that are in need of repair, high crime rates, and so on. It's ironic we have most all states with growing unemployment rates, but severe shortages of teachers, doctors and other healthcare professionals, information technology professionals, and so on.
With a lot of resources directed toward national security, it is time that we move resources toward national service as well as other items related to human capital. I think before we try to rebuild the world we need to really rebuild our home as well. It's time we saw a stronger return on our public investment.
Jim its his element.
HMMM "responsibility"? Sounds a bit "Marxist".
Brooklyn Girl please, I'll like to see you up there tonight?
speak for yourself there Heidi
Again, I served in Kuwait in the military,and I earned my BA, and yet, all employers have asked me the last eight months since ive been virtually unemployed is what my race and sex are....and this is becuase of Affirmative Action policy that Senator Obama that emphasizes race and gender over a person's qualifications....Senator Obama's support of Affirmative Action is nothing but more of the same and not change. Senator McCain offers CHANGE on Affirmative Action, not Senator Obama.
Obama's answers appear to be far more specific than McCain's.
Of course, I don't think Obama was in the so-called 'cone of silence.' He had a chance to think about his answers ahead of time.
Well Congress does have a lot to do with it.
Tom from WI
Obama doesn't seem to be playing the crowd. He is very poised and confident.
You know Obama talking about the energy independance and every American playing a part remind me of stories my grandmother told about the nation ralling together in WWII. No pantyhose, ration stamps, buying bonds. I think the right president can get that same kind of participation and sacrifice on the energy issue–if it is framed right.
I am sorry he need put his military servicce resume in a trash right now. Thats not what country need. Get us out of the financial meltdown, economy, more jobs, cheaper gas price and cheaper food, clothing. Thats what we need. Not bombs dude.
People need to get on with the life right now. We need jobs and money.
Obama is right on message. I like that his message hasn't changed since the very beginning. It makes it seem like he really believes it (and I hope he does!).
Obama is doing great. I like it when there honest. He is thinking forward for my generation thats awesome....
jaded, slam....give the man respect...
What do you mean by ignorance?
Shannon, simply vote against the nasty campaign tactics.
Oh now she wants specifics.
It is deep, thoughtful and reflective Obama tonight.
Not crowd playing Obama. I think it is more appropriate for this form.
Obama doing well
Never judge a book by it's cover!
Wait, I always have a problem when Obama say that the country only came together after 9/11. This country comes together on a regular and we are not far apart. It's Washington that is broken. Not us!
Obama is starting to make his answers so long that the "ums, ands, etc" are starting to come through.
Bill–I wonder if McCain is running against the "status-quo" and George Bush because Bush is the most despised president in all of modern history? Maybe, just MAY-be it's because the guy is the political equivalent of a biohazard? Ya think? Frankly, I continue to be impressed at how continually impressed you are that the man is doing exactly what he has to to win, especially because he's been doing it since the DAY THE PRIMARIES ENDED. And by impressed I mean completely baffled. Where have you been? Have you been watching TV in the past five months? Or do you get all your news from key sources at CNN. Wowee.