(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.
I am sold to Obama but I honestly find McCain did a very good job with his part. He appears genuine, direct, humble.
Bay by lofty do you mean by giving specifics instead of skirting around the issue?
What about the issues, do everybody want to see a fight between rep and dem
I am hearing clear plans from Obama, clear ideas. I didn't hear that from McCain. I am also hearing alot of "we would" being used. The moderator seemed to suggest his ideas are too idealistic, I don't think so. I hear from more people that just want to have hope again.
obama not only looks presidential, he looks and sounds like an honest, noble champion for all Americans
Heaven forbid we have a candidate set lofty goals and give thoughtful answers. After 8 years of GW Bush, I'm happy to hear a politician sound intellectual.
If you think Obama is going to give a straight answer on anything. Think again.
Bill, they've been campaigning for months. They've had plenty of time to "think about their answers". McCain doesn't want to talk about the issues because frankly, Palin fails to be middle of the road when it comes to the issues.
Amazing how civil this blog was while McCain was being "interviewed" and how quickly the tone of the posts has shifted while Obama speaks. I think that says alot about what is going on in America. What do you think fuels this change in tone??? I think that is a question that all SERIOUS voters should ponder.
Christina, Tampa FL!! I agree with you. We all have the gift of self control. Do you decide to use it or on?! It does bother me that every add that John McCain has put out about Obama lately is all personal and nothing about being president of the United States. Actually I respected and although I was a and still am Supporter of Obama, respected McCain and wouldn't have left the country if he won.... Now with Palin as his running mate (esepecially after Palins interview tonight!!! ) I am actually scared. I am very frightened at the thought of her becoming VP and at McCain's age President. Very Very frightened!!
I love how he let her know I am going to finish after the break. Lord knows the MCain camp would of gotten all over him for not being specific. Even though he went on for an hour with gibberish.
Why the constant baiting of the Russians? Gotta keep the military industrial complex churning out more killing machines so there are jobs for the politicians to sop up when their terms are up? How about working with the Russians to keep a common enemy, Muslim religious extremists, from whacking us and them?
Palin wants war with Russia? what is wrong with her? she is not even office yet and already talking about WARS. Do all the repulicans candidates have this War disease implanted in their heads?
Sure Obama's answers were more specific and elaborate. Doing better than McCain so far.
Obama gives his plans for fixing the mess we are in.
Boy this forum sounds like it's stacked with Republicans.
Bill, McCain wasn't in the "cone of silence" either.
Obama seems ready to fight
Many schools have community service hours that students have to do, it is a very good idea to give college students money for school and exchange for a number of hours of service to their communities. What is disappointing is that we have seen no proposal from John McCain on this issue.
Just more time and opportunity for Obama to bs and have everyone hang on every word. What he would do...what he would do...anyone can be a Monday night quarterback especially since he listened to McCains comments. If this were fair he should not have been able to listen to McCain..but we all (or do we) know about Judy Woodruff's bias toward Obama and the medias for that matter. As for his comments of what he would have done etc. he obviously did not even listen to one of Bush's speech in which he said many of those things...or did he and is parrotting it. I can't believe you all can be so stupid and not see what he is doing
Obama really takes the room.
Put the 2 men together and its no contest!! This country needs to "educated" itself and the WH this election. No more "Id like to have a beer with this guy" decisions! Obama and Biden!
McCain keeps making the comment that he knows how to fix things and how to end the war. I wish some reporter would ask him why he hasn't done both already since he's been there for years. If he knows how, I think it's a shame he's keeping it to himself while peoples' lives are being ruined. Please someone ask him. And, don't let him evade it by saying he hasn't been the president all these years.
McCain was disingenuous on several fronts...
wagging his finger at Columbia for not allowing discriminatory organizations (the military against gays) to recruit on campus
hailing the role of private citizens to organize their community... while his campaign & party made mockery of that very thing last week.
and when asked about it, he attempts to blame Obama for refusing to do Town Hall meetings? pffffffft
I didn't hear 1 concrete idea from McCain. Just platitudes. We need better leadership.