NewsHour senior correspondent Judy Woodruff moderated a forum on service Thursday night at Columbia University in New York City with presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. The next day, Woodruff reflected on the experience in a Reporter’s Notebook with the NewsHour’s Steve Goldbloom.
While the forum was primarily a venue to speak about service, Woodruff admitted that the candidates were on guard to protect and promote their political aspirations.
“It was an unusual day in the middle of this very hard-fought campaign in that it was 9/11. And everybody decided that this was a day to step back and to — in the spirit of 9/11 and what that date represents to this country — to sort of call a ceasefire… They both got in a few political points but by in large they really stayed true to the service mission.”