(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.
Did you trust Bush?
Obama is talking specifics: ideas that are at once bold and broad yet practical and eminently workable.
Obama is at his best in settings like these – it's the inspiration message – the lofty goals IT WORKS!! And it raised him above the muck that gets thrown at him daily. He should learn from this even!
Sen Obama has brought many people, particularly young into the political process. John McCain even gave him props for that. So bring citizens into National Service is something that he is currently doing – and I have complete confidence that he will continue to do. Very genuine and authentic.
So tell me what is it with these alcoholics who become dry, which is a good thing and then go completely over to the other side. I am talking about Glenn Beck. It is impossible to watch him. Everything is one sided to the extent you can't even watch him. I watch both sides and find him overly narrow and it makes me turn off CNN completely.
obama's the better uniter bill. you could see the difference in the convention crowd's faces.
I dont understand this 'service' topic. They are saying the EXACT same things.
I was refreshing to hear John admit "he is divorced from the day to day challenges of the people"
Maybe Obama can 'steal' the Maverick line from the GOP!
Was that an indirect implication from Judy about Obama being an elitist? Not all students can take a low paying job – but Obama did. She seemingly, whether on purpose or not, painted him as an "other."
I had to share this one with you guys.
In response to one of my columns, Lloyd Creech writes: "Sarah Palin's daughter has absolutely nothing to do with her VP campaign. At least her daughter isn't dropping illlegitimate welfare babies (70%)and looking for a government handout."
Here is what I wrote back: "Dude! Her daughter is on welfare! Her pregnancy will be paid by the taxpayers since she’s on her mom’s medical plan."
Man, did he walk right into that one!
Bay, why are you so negative? It sounds like you have an agenda....the other guys (Roland and Bill) seem pretty fair.
In this election people always about experience, but look how much "executive" experience Pres. Bush had before being elected to oval office, but took our country completely different direction. I wonder how much community service he did.
I cant get a statement made.Moderation?Well I just shut CNN off,hows that for moderation?
Pat, Government is 'we the people' when it does what we want it to do. Government is an institution that consults us every 4 years.
Roland, don't quit your day job, because your comments seem to be somewhat partial tonight.....hmm, and I wonder for who..
You don't need someone to inspire you. If you don't have individual responsibility on your own, then your not going to get it.
I thought Senator McCain did a great job of articulating how service to America can be accessed by all. All of us should dig down deep and figure out a way, small as it shall be, to get in the game and make this country even greater. We are the best country to live in the world, bar none. Proof to that is take a look at how many people want in versus how many want out. Frankly I'd be happy with letting a few out, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Ophra, Alec Baldwin, Johnny Depp for starters. They have generally not really had a lot of positive things to say about our country so I say, let them go to France, Germany, Poland, Georgia and get busy over there. We should expand the ability to for students fresh out of college to get in the game, like perhaps deferring their student loans and for time served in public service you gain credits towards repayment. I bet the line would be down the street around the corner all the way to the Pacific ocean. People want to join their cause and DO something, BUILD something, and LEAVE something better than when they found it. We should be encouraging that kind of action and behavior.
I want to know why in the world it is OK that McCain says that he wants to run a positive campaign and now everytime I turn around he is running a negative ad. It will turn people off in a heart beat escapially(I know that isn't the right spelling) here in Missouri. We have had enough of this kind of campaign. Please I would like someone from CNN to respond to this please
Content vs. Form....
It is totally incomprehensible to me that the media and the pundits are focusing on all of this nonsensical information when our country is falling into a black hole and there are actually people who are not holding the Republican party responsible for this CRIME. Barack Obama must really believe that he can help this country to continue to go through the maligning, hatred, disgust and bull crap that is being thrown at him. We need somebody that is smart, can think on their feet and has the ability to interpret the constitution. He meets the requirements for President as dictated for eligibility. I predict that John McCain will be dead in 16 months. Let's move forward and stop tettering on the borderline of racism. Sarah Palin is a joke.
Sen. Obama is so smart...so wise to take his time to answer the questions thoroughly. He is very specific, unlike McCain who was too lofty and out of touch !
This world is blessed to have Sen. Obama as it's 44th president !
The irony is the Jekyl / Hyde personas displayed by McCain. He has departed his platform and has adopted frenzied negativity and double speak that was never his way of campaigning or delivering his message. His display is almost disjointed!
I find it off message and very out of character.
After George Bush I appreciate someone who actually thinks before he or she speaks
As the mother of two Marines, this nation should know that when Obama went to Iraq a couple months ago, our troops lined up to talk with him and he snubbed them!! Would not even talk with them! He is a phony and a liar and would make a chicken little president! God forbid if he does!!!