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. Jamie

    A democrat saying he wants more military – oh this is good

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Greg FL.

    Anon, I too have served in the military and for you to say it is the end all of service to the country is not a valid statement. Have you ever lived in inner city areas? Areas where the crime makes it look like a war zone? these are the areas where community organizers get out in everyday and they aren't getting paid and they aren't getting an education from it. they are doing it for the good of the community. Don't try and degrade the service of our volunteer citizens.

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Roland, I love to listen to you!! How do I find you on the Radio or wherever!!

    You are a OUTTA SIGHT and DY-NO-MITE!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. sue

    What do you mean fair!?
    mccain had the same advantage in the faith base forum-except he was cheating!

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Mikel

    From everything I have seen, we are voting for either Palin or Obama. That is what this is all about. No one cares about McCain, not even his own party. His campaign was on life support before choosing her as a running mate, and as all the pundits have stated, "God Forbid" after McCain is off life support, we will have Palin as our Commander in Cheif. So let this election BE about her and Obama, and let's forget about Biden and McCain, for in the end, they do not matter at all.

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Rhea

    I agree with Obama encouraging a sense of unity. His determination to bring this sense of unity to the international community will also serve us well. American seems to be involved in operations that breed enemies. We need to get back to building partnerships.

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. brandon

    This country needs to vote on moral, Godly issues. If we don't put God first, then we will be last. Abe Lincoln acknowledged this as president. Vote morals! I'll gladly pay $5 for a gallon of gas if the leaders line up with Gods word! Vote pro-life!

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. J.

    Hey Anonymous...In regards to ...."When it comes to service, he takes a back seat. Lt Col A (Retired)'. You shoud research " Songbird " McCain. McCain is going to continue to sell this country out.

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Nathan Hale

    Look at history Roland!!!!
    Big government is ALWAYS worse then smaller government

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Johnny Ozark

    mccain blamed all the campaign mudslinging on obama for not agreeing to a series of town hall meetings. that does NOT excuse mccain's mudslinging. how sad to see him duck personal responsibility for his own behavior.

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

    If McCain campaign is all about change and reform why don't they start with there speeches? It's the same old song and dance I was a P.O W....

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

    Girlpower, as a woman myself i must say: perhaps you are not familiar with "perception is everything". Hence, we can never know the true heart of someone or true capabilities (no matter experience) but appearance sells everything – as people define what you do and say by how it comes off. "Ese es percipii – to BE is to be PERCEIVED".

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Terri-Ruther Glen

    Forgive me anonymous, my dad is a retired firefighter that worked in Wash., DC during the riots in the 60's. As a paid Commuity Service worker, his sevice was just as admirable as any one in the military. Working or volunteering in "community service", be it military, or otherwise are one in the same. AND my husband is a retired LtCom.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. DonkeyMom in TN

    Just wondering why you have comments from Bay Buchanan, Republican strategist, but no Democratic strategist adding comments.
    Did I miss something?

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. DREW79

    I dont think Mccain would have been able to answer much better

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Tia

    How could you put the blame totally on teachers? \"No Child Left Behind" is responsible for a lot of the problems in education.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. Maria

    I'm glad you want more of the same Republicans I don't is time for change and I'm a Republican.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. Carl

    How can the Federal Government afford to pay for all these "Reforms"? It is imperative to maintain a positive strong posture. Country first no pun intended....

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. MM

    Yes Obama said he listened. But nowhere did the moderators say he wasn't and that it wasn't a requirement. And do you still think McCain really didn't hear or wasn't told what Obama said at the previous forum?

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

    I believe Sen Obama's ideas about government initiatives will encourage a broader base of citizens to use the opportunity to serve their communities. I know from experience that many of the private service groups are organized for the social benefit and ego soothing of their members not for service to community.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. dave R

    Obama wins tonight hands down

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. todd

    Obama is shining. He has dropped the nuance and he's providing specifics.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. MLB

    Thank you, Roland, for responding to Lt Col A (Retired). I wanted to, but couldn't have nearly as eloquently!

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. sjprugh

    I thiink it's time for Obama to sieze the idea of pinwheels for campaign symbol of wind and alternative energies to better secure our nation. Pinwheels everywhere will attract more attention to his stance on this!

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Elizabeth

    Go Fabian! Right on! Yellow ribbons on SUV's? I hate that!

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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