The Candidates Stump for National Service

When he takes office in January, our next President will surely take steps to help more Americans serve. But you don't have to wait that long to get started writes Richard Stengel

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Whoever raises his right hand to take the oath of office as President next January will pledge to uphold the Constitution — and will have already promised to make national service a priority for his Administration. John McCain and Barack Obama have served the nation in different ways, but each man has asserted that national service not only can help solve the country's problems but also can and should be a unifying force for America in the 21st century.

McCain's commitment to service is part of a patriotic legacy. The son and grandson...

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