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. Saad, NJ

    Wow, does Senator McCain have 2 personalities? He was awesome in the beginning. When he got teh nomination, something happened and he become a totally different person. Tonight got his awesome personality back. If he becomes the President. which personality will of his will dominate?

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Tom from WI

    Roland you are confusing a crowd that likes the message McCain said and performing on a stage.

    I have been public speaker it is clear the things Obama does. Please don't insult my experience.

    Then you have to LOOK for the subtle things he does. Not easy to pick out sometimes. Its showmanship tricks.

    He raises his voice to egg on the applause and speaks faster as well to excite the crowd (hi isn't a gifted speaker for nothing)

    I don't think McCain cares to do that much at all.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Barbara

    Service-Learning-Advocate,

    They just mentioned it!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Michelle, MA

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Ellen

    Obama is right, volunteerism is a value that should to taught early in life, but much earlier than high school, it should be started in grammar school. It seems that it comes from the home, the parents.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Bill Schneider

    The irony here is that both McCain and Obama are fighting, sometimes bitterly, over who is the better uniter!

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Tina

    Why did'nt Judy ask McCain for specifics?

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Elijah

    Bay give me a break. Tell me one good reason you dislike Obama?

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Matt Dougan

    Roland,

    Right on! From a Veteran you hit the nail on the head "Service is either righteous or not whether you are gay or not" AGREED! McCain can't have it both ways...

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Mother in MD

    Wow! Sen. Obama would have had us organize as a community of first responders. Now, that's a wonderful idea and so concrete. That's the kind of leadership that we need.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. andrew-Edmonton,Alberta

    Bay,sounds like a coward to me

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. KH from Brooklyn, NY

    I agree that the panelists must bring up the point of why Columbia U. does not allow the military to recruit on campus. The military discriminates against gays and lesbians. If this is a country that supports service leadership does it make sense to reject qualified courageous men and women on the basis of their sexual orientation? Columbia is right to refuse a discriminatory organization like the military to recruit on its campus.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. cj

    Finally some specifics!!! Thanks Obama!

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

    Oh, Bay! The moderators also told John McCain they also had a minute left before he gave an answer.

    Don't be so snippy.

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

    Again, Bay why are you being so negative, he gave a solid answer that would he thousands of college students like me!

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

    I wonder if Mccain supports Sarah Palin's "Drill Baby Drill" chant. Its very difficult for me to understand how the Politicians and people overlook one simple fact that oil is Going o run out. Drilling in Arctic can be one temporary solution but how can drilling provide energy independence for America, when we all know that oil is going to run out one day.
    Also, I have not heard anything from either sides about Biofuels as alternative energy source. Recent research has shown very strong promise with Biodiesels and other forms for Biofuels. I wonder if either party sees this as a future fuel source.

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

    yeah right Mccain can give a good speech. Does he have brain to steer the country out of the recession and morgage crisis and higher inflation. Com'on guys. American people need to wakeup. Hope they do not make the same mistake they did in 2004.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Bay – Senator Obama is not lofty, he is very intelligent and likes to educate people on what he means when he says something.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Shannon

    What some people consider lofty, others consider thoughtful.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Godwin O

    Every election has always been about "change" NC

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. gluvnast

    @ bill...

    obama don't talk in soundbites...his answers are ALWAYS nuanced...regardless if that's a good or bad thing

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Barbara

    Service-Learning-Advocate,

    I meant to say Obama, just mentioned it!

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. quit56

    Bay, please just go away we have heard enough from your party the last 8 years. Your damage is done just leave!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. writeman

    The requirement of citizenship is participate in the democracy. To understand our government and participate in the political debate. To elevate the concept of political discussion beyond the banality of personalities. Great minds talk about ideas. Small minds talk about people.

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. sue

    Oneal-he said 911 because they were specificly asking him about 911....the questions was not when does the country come together/

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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