(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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Your report of polls is suspect. Please let's not look and sound like entertainment tonight. This source of information is our history and should be rid of the polictical shots and inuendos.
Many of my peers are no longer listening due to the cheap approaches you all are now presenting.
Please give AMERICA quality rather than that which sells sensation.
BK, ignorance is bliss, you need to read Jeffrey's comment. Perhaps you just joined. You will need to listen to Obama's answers.
Candy, you are right.. I am so glad he is giving specifics... I am wondering why they did not ask McSame to give specifics.....
Im sur this wont post but here it goes...
Do you blame the Obama or McCain camps for the recent spate of negativity in the campaign? out of 58,624 people 73% of people blame McCain...How come I cant get this posted? I feel this is more more news than lipstick Bull...
I agree with you Politically Speaking
Please ask what Sen. Obama will do for rural volunteer firefighters ? They are not usually in need of college credit and are working and raising families.
I agree with Obama, we as Americans have to buckle down and be part of the solution.
Lofty makes me think of arrogant. Guess I'll just pout and cling to my guns and religion.
I'm sorry but I cannot believe that McCain is all of a sudden for change. Barack Obama has been the change candidate from the beginning and it feels like mockery and I get a chill down my spine every time I hear McCain say "change is coming".. Somebody please give him a new campaign slogan.
Babbe: Have tiou actually read Obama's policy paper. It is anything but lofty and goes right from elementary school to retirement suggestions.
I like Obama's thoughtfulness...problems are not always solved with black or white soundbites.
CNN Political Analyst
"Question that MUST be asked of McCain: If service is so great, and serving in the military is the ultimate act of service, does he support gays and lesbians serving in the military? Think about it.
If serving in the military is the ULTIMATE ACT, then should gays and lesbians be able to serve openly in the military?"
Why Roland, do you want to go in the military?
If the government really is committed to reducing oil consumption and want the public to utilize efficient cars to help this cause why doesn't Congress, state legislators, county and city governments make a statement towards this goal and only by electric or natural gas powered cars. Do you know how many goverment cars this would amount too?? Good god it may revive GM and Ford...
Obama talks as if he may be willing to take on the unions...a bit surprising.
I just want somebody to ask one question of Obama. Why do you feel that government is best suited to cure all of today's ills?
IMO, government has created most of today's ills.
Where is the Democratic Strategist on here? Why do we have a Republican Strategist and not a Democratic one?
Amen on the clear, concise, intelligence of Barack Obama. He knows what the people of the US want and will work towards bringing us back to the great, prosperous country that we have been in the past.
Neighborhood helping neighbor is an honorable thing.
Will someone kindly ask mccain and palin this question. Why would you force someone to have an unwanted child who might possibly suffer abuse or even, as statistics show, end up in prison, when , by your own belief, an aborted fetus goes to heaven, a wonderful place.? Doesn't make sense except when you realize it's how Republicans manipulate elections
It doesn't matter how presidential you look or sound, what matters is who are we going to trust to be our nation's leader? Someone with years of experience, or someone with nothing to show. It is amazing that people would pick a candidate based on how presidential he or she looks rather than if we can trust that person to lead our country.
BHO wants young people to do community service to pay for college. When he was their age he was smoking crack and playing basketball. John McCain was serving in the USAF when he was young.
Rand, if Obama doesn't get it, then why has the GOP 'taken' so many of Obama's ideas that he's hit the stomp on for 19 months and claimed them as their own? Oh Barack gets it, and the GOP is trying to take it!
I thought #2 on stage was supposed to be insulated from #1 comments.
Candy! Let's be real all the questions were scripted!!!
it is a shame that because of this intensely contested political season that the focus of this forum is largely slipping away from inspiring the young generation into service and towards a political talking points contest.
I wish the moderators tell the candidates that their biggest service to the country and our people would be to run a civlized campaign focussed on issues and mot lie or distort records to win.