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. Lisa in Ga

    Why are they talking about why people should vote for them on a day like today?
    I was on my college campus,,in the break room when I saw what happened... this entire day should be a day of silence...for the 9-11 victims...NO RESPECT!

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Marc PDX

    Bill Clinton to campaign for Obama...
    Probably good for the Obama effort since Bill has been a high profile hold out on Obama's campaign. But it pretty much puts Hillary on the sideline altogether. I'm sure this was not intentional but no one will remember her now that Bill and his big personality are coming to town. In fact, they may not remember Biden either...

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Ankur

    And bail out companies?

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Christina

    Oh and I was talking about Governor Palin's interview on ABC. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. T-Ruff

    John McCain deserves repect but does not deserve to be President of the United States.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. RapidRay

    uH oh....he said Ice truck in maine...

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. KG

    Will someone please ask McCain what he believes community organizers do and how they fit into his vision of "service"?

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Maz Dalton

    McCain keeps bringing up faith-based organisations, in a question about the role of the private sector. Is he playing to the base?

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Betty

    She is an arrogant smart alec and doesn't have a clue about how to be vp let alone President

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Steve K

    Katiec...Do you know your on a CNN blog. I don't think CNN has been giving McCain any special treatment.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. SEA

    In my opinion, Barack Obama is not running against Bush, he is running for the American people; Bush can no longer serve.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. yeah right

    Is he forgetting that he had a 4 day convention slamming a Faith Based Community Organizer named Obama

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Alycia

    You know I was just saying yesterday how all you ever hear Palin say about McCain is what a strong man he is, and how great his message is.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    This is the McCain that was just making a mockery of Community Service, a great way to serve your country. Now all of a sudden, in front of a different crowd he thinks it's great. I guess in his mind it depends on WHO is doing it.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. O Li

    Mccain is all of a sudden preaching "CHANGE", but hasn't Obama been campaigning on this idea for the last year? Nice Try Mccain, but you're just reaffriming what everyones knows already. Obama is our man...for CHANGE.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Yinka Lawal

    McCain is a liar.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Arizona Demo

    Bill and Roland:

    I have been a democrat all of my life. I live in Arizona and have for the past 20+ years. I have always tried to vote for the best candidate and have voted for McCain for Senator. However, in the last few years he has changed and his policies have become a mirror image of the Bush administration. I do not think now he and Palin are the best candidates to take this country in a different direction. Although Obama was not my first choice, I have come to believe he has the best plan. Service is something the Democrats have always advocated starting in the Kennedy administration with the Peace Corp. I seem to recall the the Republicans ridiculed the Americor when it was introduced.

    September 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Shana Bernabela

    Barack Obama and John McCain definitely have been quintessential examples of serving this country, but in very different ways. In Chicago, Barack Obama was an advocate for those who were voiceless. He understood the importance of engaging people within in the community and the positive change it could bring about. On the other hand, John McCain fought and suffered for this country. His experience as a POW is nothing short of triumphant. But, my issue with McCain is that he parades around with this slogan "Country First", when the majority of his policies do not help the many struggling and underprivileged people of this country? Who is he putting first? Clearly, it's the wealthy. His policies are just out of touch.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Christy

    Privatize Social Security. Privatize everything. There he goes. Privatize America so the executives can move the jobs overseas. Great concept McCain.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Kim-Canada

    I think Bay is incorrect. He is not on message. It is very difficult to be on message when noone is willing to discuss issues, but rather they deliver talking points. It's impossible to be on message when delivering only talking points. I really mean no disrespect, it's just very frustrating listening to talking points and lipstick comments. Sillyness.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Mike

    Are faith-based organizations community organizers????

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. James Cox

    Goes with his less government theme. McCain is trying to reincarnate Ronald Reagan.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Barbara

    McCain can't run against Bush! He has been on his side over 90% of the time so he has no choice but to put most of the blame on an already upopular Congress. People don't fall for the smoke and mirrors!

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Elijah -( Obama 08)

    Let’s start talking about the economy, and high tuition prices for those who can't afford to attend a four year institution.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Jessy King

    i don't think so, John McCain needs to reference back to waht George W. Bush said back in 2004, its a 51% nation and a majority in the electoral college, the hardest college for democrats to get into

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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