(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.
Why is it that 90% of the people I know that have entered military service in recent years have done so only because they had no other options? They were in trouble in school, with their parents or the law and they went in. They became great men and women, but at the time they entered their lives were falling apart.
Fabian, that was very close minded comment. I'm sorry, but there are more ways than one to serve this country. As Obama just said the military is not the only option to help this country, there are plenty of other jobs that equal opportunity and greatness, just not as glorified on tv as the military.
obama is doing a good job dosent matter if McCain talked before him, he is making good points
Obama just said the key words in regards to inspiring the youth to become volunteers–INSPIRATIONS! For too many years, those that volunteer see no rewards just as those who work see no rewards. For too long we have lived under a benefits for the few environment.
How can Americans not be cynical about Mcains presidential run when it is so obvious that he picked a running mate who is more likely to help him win the election more than she is experienced to help him run the country?
Bay, what's McCain's message? Help me because all I hear from Mccain and CNN is Sarah Palin.
Some of us who are your friends north of the boarder are quite frankly bemused at how you conduct your politics.
Charles, Victoria, BC
Both of the major parties are spending us toward a catastrophic economic collapse and have been gradually whittling away at civil liberties. It makes me sick to know that we're expected to settle for More of the Same #1 or More of the Same #2. The presidential debates – regardless of what we feel the independant and third-party candidates' chances are – need to have all of the ballot candidates' voices included. To keep these voices far in the background closes the "arena of ideas" to only the two Establishment parties in perpetuity.
Isn't that what are leaders should do? "Inspire us to help our fellowman and community". I hope you do as you say... try to make a difference. GOOD LUCK!!!
Whooa....it's great to see the best political team on TV blog . Roland, thanks for cutting through the fog of spin, as always. I think Obama does better in forums like this unlike some saddleback bait forum.
Obama is BACK...yes he is explaining it clearer and clearer...Roland I am sure you are kicking back and enjoying this one...Bay darling...McCain did well for his age.
Thank you Obama for making the point that those who love this country are not just the people in those uniforms. I think some of McCain supporters forget that. The Military is incredibly noble but to disregard or demean the work of others here at home is unfair.
I've overheard people saying that Obama's comment
about "lipstick" is not really meant for Palin but rather it is his compliment to his wife, Michelle.
I'll say this, a doctor who chooses to provide medical care in rural towns where they live too far from a hospital is just as honorable as someone in the military.
We should respect anyone who makes this decision. Not try to say one is better than the other.
All of the media keeps saying that Obama didnt mean anything by his pig and lipstick statement. Well if this is true, then where was his since of discretion in not using such a statement. He knew that it would be taken that way and he knew that he could defend it.
It was a shot and he knew it.
But McCain still leads in the polls. VOTE- MCCAIN/PALIN
Wow Palin just said we might have to go to war with Russia over Georgia....now what a stupid thing to say! OMG she just blew it there! You are not even VP yet you are already out to start WWIII? yes we will go to war over georgia killing 150 million Americans and 200 Million Russians and god knows how many others over Georgia! Jebus if this person gets in office or her warmonger grandfather we are all toast! Thats not the way you stand up to the Russians without even discussions first. I dont think you people hear me 150 million dead when the nukes fly over
I think this male moderator is clearly a McCain fan. Was it necessary to call Columbia "elite" given all the Republican attacks trying to paint Obama as such?
Bill, ROTC programs are a great way to pay for college. Just another perk.
Cheney, Rumsfeld, Romney, Guliani, Rove, Bush.......
Correct me if i am wrong but didn't Obama say that he was going to stop the war in Iraq so why is he saying that we need more student in the war. It seem like McCain has persuade Obama about the war should keep going.
Obama lied about him joining the military. He never mentioned that in any of his books. How is he going to "inspire" service? thats such a baloney answer
Military service is one of the greater services you can do for your country. You put your life on the line.
Barack Obama is showing the world one thing:
He is ready to lead this country.
Community Service is wonderful and we need it so badly in the country.... so many issues here that need our help to volunteer
Rp13 yes you are on welfare to. Where did you think the money came from? The government money fairy LOL come on. Just because you don't go to DFCS offices to get your check you are no better than any f them. The only difference between you financial situation and public welfare recipients is it is not always their choice of how they got in that welfare line. Everyone who is on welfare is not some poor person. Look into the eyes of the mothers who husbands were taken by violence in communities. Look into the eyes of the daughter trying to take care of her mother with cancer. Look into the eyes of the father who is trying to do better than his father did. Those are all people who need help, adn our government should be just as obliged to take care of them without prejudice as we take care of others.
Somebody should ask McCain that is campaign is all about "character," why all the lies about Obama's legilative accomplishments, why the sneering about his community organizing days, why the horrible tone of the Paris Hilton ads and the spots about Obama being "The One." That has never sounded like character to me, at least not the right kind.