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. Jane

    I like Obama's plan for education with volunteering. But, for me, I would love to get a gas or food credit for service. It would help me. Yes, I could volunteer on my own, but I am already falling deeper under water with food and gas costs, I can't afford to use my gas to drive to anywhere to volunteer. I am broke. Seriously Broke.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Big Mark

    Obama is saying that if students do national service they will get a tuition break.
    Dose this not conflict with the 13th Amendment? ‘Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime… shall exist within the United States of America.’

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Steve K

    She may use it to have the baby, but I bet she's not on it the rest of her life.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. FLARTIST

    McCain is government!! McCain is Washington! How he seems to thinks he was not part of the problem is astounding!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Rick in Minnesota

    Government should expand.....

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. InformedVoter

    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

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Nathan Hale

    Obama wants bigger government which is always worse, power in the hands of the people and less government is always better.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. DREW79

    Thank You Bill For the insight

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

    This is nothing new, everything he is speaking about is the GI bill and the Peace Core. So where is the change or new ideas. He has even keeps talking about the Peace Core by a new name.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. kat

    Roland..Are you serious? No way he did that!

    Don't get me started on the whole Palin issue, this blog could go on for a while..

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

    oh my gosh the moderator is horrible. on one hand she says its not the night to talk about differences and then she asks a question about differences????????????????????????????????????

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

    bay..for the most part education is a product of socio-economics..

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Bill Tampa

    Candy, the questions are different however. Did you notice that Obama has mention George Bush's name mor ethan MCcain did?

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

    Obama looks so comfortable up there.. Very spacific with his answers.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Lisa in Ga

    Well Bill.................it just goes to show he (OBAMA) is for the people!

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Concerned Alaskan

    Quite true Roland! At least somebody's paying attention. I have been saying that for the past 10 days!

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Joy, WI

    Girlpower... I agree, that is EXACTLY why so many people are ga ga about Palin, who we know hardly anything about (because they won't let the American people get to "know" her... remember, when one finger points out, 3 are pointing back atchya!

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. Greg FL.

    Mr. Martin, I am so tired of hearing the welfare baby line. Studies have shown money has nothing to do with the number of babies welfare recipients have. it is a myth that has been debunked, but it still gets thrown out there by the ignorant and missinformed.

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Bay is there anyway we can get rid of failing CEO's that have ruined the financial institutions on wall street instead of having them being bailed out by foreign countries such as China and AbuDhabi?

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. rob

    How can someone who has been in politics 30 years with no change now say they are bringing change?

    September 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Andy

    No, talk won't improve schools for the kids.

    Neither will cutting funds to schools as will be necessary due to lower taxes, continued falling wages, continued increases in overall costs of living, which, Bay, I am sure you can figure out will result in the government's reduced income which will necessitate cutting funds to school programs, health programs, arts programs, and aid programs so that Grandpa McCain and Grizzly Bear Palin can research and develop the latest in shotgun and snowmobile engineering...

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Anthony from Manhattan

    Today was shockingly the first time that McCain's running mate was seen in an actual interview. It is amazing that the media has allowed this to go on for so long after her selection as his VP mate.

    While she can across as likable, she appeared very coached, like she's been 'cramming' for this first 'test'. She failed miserably. Her responses were weak and she came across as someone completely out of her league.

    If she thinks she is qualified to stand up to Putin because she has Russia as a neighbor and can actually see it from Alaska, our nation is in big trouble.

    This woamn as pleasant and likable as she may be is not by any stretch of the imagination qualified to lead our nation in the event McCain does not make it through the 4 years of the only term he is seeking.

    God help us.

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. BK

    I doubt it Roland, she is getting married she won't be on her mom's medical plan. Your hate for anyone who is not for Obama is amazing.

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Mother in MD

    Judy, you keep making this "forum" a debate!!! Every one of your questions starts with what Sen. McCain's position is. Cut it out.

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Joseph

    Stuttering Obama can’t answer a direct question because he’s a liar

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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