(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 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.
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.’
She may use it to have the baby, but I bet she's not on it the rest of her life.
McCain is government!! McCain is Washington! How he seems to thinks he was not part of the problem is astounding!!!
Government should expand.....
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
Obama wants bigger government which is always worse, power in the hands of the people and less government is always better.
Thank You Bill For the insight
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.
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..
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????????????????????????????????????
bay..for the most part education is a product of socio-economics..
Candy, the questions are different however. Did you notice that Obama has mention George Bush's name mor ethan MCcain did?
Obama looks so comfortable up there.. Very spacific with his answers.
Well Bill.................it just goes to show he (OBAMA) is for the people!
Quite true Roland! At least somebody's paying attention. I have been saying that for the past 10 days!
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!
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.
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?
How can someone who has been in politics 30 years with no change now say they are bringing change?
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...
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.
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.
Judy, you keep making this "forum" a debate!!! Every one of your questions starts with what Sen. McCain's position is. Cut it out.
Stuttering Obama can’t answer a direct question because he’s a liar