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. K

    My concern when McCain attacks Congress is that he was apart of that Congress for the past 20+ years and 12 of the last 14 years his party has had the majority. He was not talking bad about Congress in 2000 when he was running for President and the Republicians had the majority. Yes we are in a different world now but politics should stop being about a game to beat the other party but a game to improve the future.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Nick

    Remember a toss of the coin and that's why Obama was second....hmm...

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. sam

    McCain is brilliant -- this is a joke election. Obama should return your money!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Disgruntled republican

    Obama actually explains his answers.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. quit56

    Bill, obama has always been more specific than mccain and thats because he has real solutions.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. michael barbere

    he is nuts, lets let the trained foreign national take my job sorry Mccain we need to keep the jobs here and train americans to be the best at everything that makes the economy grow. I'm a dem. but it is time for one more party dems /republican & other Inderpendents

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. scott

    I like he has his legislative program is being introduced in congress nice touch

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. DREW79

    I think if Obama was President and asked the country to volunteer I would. If Mccain Requested me to do service I would not.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. S. Penn

    The world leaders are watching this election process ( fiasco). I would think that they would find the Mccain attack ads to be petty and very unpresidential. I feel that Mccain is loosing world respect and will continue to Bush polarization if he were to win the election.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Maria Shaner

    why won't Mr.Obama agree to be on at the same time as Mr. McCain

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Paula in Michigan

    Now Bill, why would you say something like Barack could hear the answers if you are not sure. Shame on you!!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. chris b

    giving back to the community in return for afforadable college is a GREAT idea! Talk about change!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. Kim-Canada

    I like what Obama said about making opportunites available to young people. Instead of waiting on the youth, bring it to the youth. Seems simple, but it's a great idea.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. tickerroland

    Shannon, I think what you should do is partner with others via a petition and go to the candidates and say that "we are 500, 1,000 or 5,000 strong, and we will judge your campaign based on whether you run a positive or negative campaign. We have agreed to vote as a collective based on how you run. If you run negative, we will vote against you. If you run positive, we will vote for you."

    Trust me, that kind of a block of votes could tip an election.

    Bush won Iowa in 2004 by 10,000 votes. He won New Mexico by 6,000 votes.

    That block can make a huge difference and make the difference in an election.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Joec87

    You can't make a military that is made up of volunteers larger or smaller.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Christy

    I like it, make the country a community organizer. Americans need to be made more humble. Perhaps thats where it begins.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Ajree

    I agree Heidi

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Lisa in Ga

    Bill, McCain did too on the Faith Forum... lets not go there!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Sandra Bankhead Guinn

    Heidi I disaagree with you. He is not ignorant. Here it is back to the negative response from people like you.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. yeah right

    Now that's a Leader that I can believe in!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Megan From VA Blue 08

    Reflection is good when making a poiint Bay

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Travis

    One easy to notice difference, McCain seemed quite rigid, and almost like a cardboard cutout, while Obama seems relaxed and even joking around with the moderators.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. John (Texas)

    No offense to CNN (although maybe they need to be offended)... but we need some real questions!!!!!!

    Ask some tough questions... don't be afraid to make the candidates look bad!!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Mark Hudson

    Obama is speaking in specifics, unlike McCain. Duly noted.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Jeff DuShane

    Bay,

    He make be 'lofty' as you say, but at least he has something to say!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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