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. Bianca

    Obama is way more specific than McCain

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. dropkix

    Look look look

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Brion

    Bay, all anyone is doing at this point is "talking" Nothing will be done until they take office.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. LISA

    I Love you Roland Martin.. You are on the Money tonight..

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Bds

    part of being president means coming up with good ideas and then selling them to the American People to get it done.
    A community organizer could not exist without those skills.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Sergeant Wag

    Yes Yes, it takes a village. Hillary told us already. Ohh yea so did every Totalitarian regime since the beginning of time.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. ToAsT

    McCain is the ONLY sensible choice for president...

    he has the leadership, experience, and guts to run this country the right way...

    Osama Bin Obama really scares me!

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. yeah right

    Good one Roland!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. MLB

    Good one, Roland! Hypocrisy at its finest!

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. mitchell from ark.

    yes,bay. your republican friends have proven that 'talk' wont improve schools.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    OBAMA ONLY HAS 143 DAYS OF WORK IN THE SENATE.... HOW MANY OF THOSE DAYS WS HE ACTUALLY IN HIS SEAT?????????

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Nicole in Ga

    Obama taking hints from McCain ? Please, where have you people been all this time ? He has always spoken this way. Yes sometimes he takes the long road and a bit to get to an answer, but at least he gives and answer and one that makes sense. My father was like that, Bill Clinton was like that. Some people feel the need to explain especially since we as Americans seem to read into everything and twist and turn. I appreciate the long explanation and would take it anyday over a short answer with hot air.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. KCBob

    I think the polls are all wrong. Correct me if I am wrong but polls are done using traditional land lines. Many people, even more so with the younger crowd, no longer use land lines and are strictly cell phone users. The technology challenged like McCain still use the old land lines and therefore are more likely to be polled than an Obama supporter.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Matt

    The whole point of the Vice President is, in a nutshell, to be ready, willing, and able, if needed to be President. The question that someone needs to ask Palin, and perhaps they have, but I have not seen it, is does she think she is ready to be President? If so, why? That would have to be a rather laughable answer. I could not envision any answer to that question that would be plausible. I mean, in all honesty, whether or not you're right or left wing, you cannot possibly convince any rational thinking person that she could, or would, be ready for that office. For any professional job, you must submit a resume. I am not saying that Obama is overly qualified, but he does have a promising resume, and one can see that he is on the rise. I do not see that out of Palin. I see a person who is being used as a pawn in a desperate attempt to sway voters who have felt disenfranchised with the whole process. It is not her fault at all. I mean, hey, anyone calls and asks you to be vice president, you accept, regardless of stature. That does NOT mean you aren't accepting for different reasons than it is being offered to you. In this case, I think that is clear.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. RAY PADGETT

    The republicans have had "years of experience" for years now... look at us now..... please don't discuss this experience matter now.... as for most americans, we want something different.... completely different that may finally work out this mess

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Franco Russo

    I wonder if we are going to address today that Obama was better prepeared to respond to the questions because he was able to hear the discussion between the panel and Senator Mccain by his own admittance. I believe that on the discussion on faith this was the criticism that Obama supporters had.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Ajree

    What is up with the moderation here? Beginning to think that you have to know someone.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Jerry

    I'm waiting for the shadow copies to debate...

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Rhoda

    McCain did a great job! I always find it interesting that Obama gets to listen to the questions and answers that McCain gave, just like he did when he would debate Hillary! Why does the media constantly cut Obama slack, and hold him to a different standard, than the other candidates? They have allowed him to say nothing for the past year and then drool over it!

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. Garrett

    Can we PLEASE elect an INTELLIGENT president this time????

    Obama/Biden

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. I WANT THE TRUTH

    LOL Roland I love that. People need to get it together.

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Steve K

    Roland that's pretty tacky.

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

    I like the distinction he's making between government and over government!

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. FLARTIST

    Good Government works!!! FDR, JFK, Clinton.....bad government..corrupt government ...GWB strangles a nation!

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. 4 THE CONSTITUTION

    Lipstick on a pig is a common expression about political spin. Mc Cain has used it numerous times (once referring to Hillary's health care plan). One of McCain's top advisorsof his last bid for Pres. Wrote a book titled "LIpstick On A Pig" about the political spin machine. This is a bunch of Carl Rove politicking by the double talk express of McManipulator!

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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