Send Us Your Questions for the Next Presidential Debate

If you have a question you would like to ask President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney, submit it in the comments section below. It could be asked during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.

by Patch Staff

If Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance for the presidential candidates to address the issues that most matter to you.

The next presidential debate will be a town hall meeting format at Hofstra University in Long Island on Tuesday, Oct. 16, where voters will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about domestic and foreign policy.

Patch is asking you, our readers, to participate by submitting questions for the candidates.

All you have to do is post your question in the comments section below and we’ll send it to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission is partnering with Patch and AOL, along with Google and Yahoo, to solicit questions from the American public.

Don’t wait until Nov. 6 to have a say in this year’s election. Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Carl H October 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Romney keeps saying that he will get tough on China. His investments in this country's companies says otherwise. I would like him to explain this fact.
Ndaba October 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Romney and all other Republican Candidates during this election keep singing the Obama Care Song, Can he explain exactly how he plans to fix the economy,increase manufacturing and decrease the unemployment rate without using the words Obama care?
Jake Carpenter October 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
My dad is a debt collector and his dream is to open a bar. He was close to opening in the summer but lose the building he was going to rent. He said that a problem he is having was that when he opens the bar. He would have a tax rate that is over 40%. My question is "What will each of the candidates do to help small business' without weakening the economy and increasing the defecit"
Robert Harry-William Hamilton October 17, 2012 at 01:34 AM
What about our upcomming State of Emergency, When planet Nibiru collides with earth?
Robert Harry-William Hamilton October 17, 2012 at 01:37 AM
What will happen during the State of Emergency, what is the Contingency plan for an major event such at the Planet Nibiru passing close to earth, or possibly colliding entirely with it. What will happen then?
shauna lynn beaver October 17, 2012 at 01:55 AM
What about the lgbt community? Will we have the same rights as everyone else? Will we be able to marry the peraon we love? And not be denied bc we areof the same sex! Why does.it matter? Marriage is for 2 people who love each other! 2 people of the same sex can love each other!
Steven Weber October 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
President Obama; You have continuly stated that you have cut the middle class taxes. I am part of that Middle class you are talking to. But as to this day I have not seen any tax cuts that you say you have done put any money in my pocket for me tobe able to buy new things. What I ahve seen is my pocket book stretched thinner by the day.
Ann H Csonka October 17, 2012 at 05:58 AM
They are NOT excluded. "Good enough" is not the issue. Those who already get insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, the military’s Tricare insurance program, or the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program would not be eligible. All federal employees, including members of Congress, fall under the FEHBP. Since 2009, wildly incorrect interpretations, embellished with assumptions, have been floating around the internet and even in snail mail. In short, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) IS NOT government-run health care, IS NOT socialized medicine (we are a long way from the universal health care provided in many developed countries), IS NOT available to non-citizens, DOES NOT get between anyone and their doctors, and does not exclude Members of Congress. Here is a fairly short article on this subject: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/12/08/congress-exempted-from-obamacare/
Ann H Csonka October 17, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Pres. Obama has taken responsibility as the top guy. HOWEVER, the entire sequence of entrapment operations was begun during the Bush administration... "Fast and Furious" is just the most recent operation. The hwole thing is stupid and BAD. The only scrap of good to come of this is that now it will END.
Jody October 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Not good enough for all his union buddies who have been exempted either. Ann- ObamaCare is "not available to non citizens" means that they don't have to purchase insurance! The insured will still be picking up the tab for them. ObamaCare just adds expensive (although some are good) provisions on top of out of control health care costs and Obama is still searching for ways to make the gazillion page plan work instead of admitting that it will greatly increase costs especially to small businesses and will continue to have a chilling effect on our economy. We need to scrap this thing the Dems pushed through in the worst partisan way possible and start over.
Jody October 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
better help us: I'm sick of hearing about a level playing field and a fair shot. We all get a free K-12 education, beyond that, anyone who wants to go to college (even if you don't have the grades or aptitude for college) can get a federally guaranteed loan. If people don't take advantage of their opportunities, that is their choice. If someone is born into a poor family and a "bad" neighborhood, then they will just have to work harder to get out of their situation. Successful people weren't all born with silver spoons in their mouths; families often take many generations to work themselves up out of poverty, one person at a time. What would you do to create a "level playing field?"
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Obama and Romney. Why not create government jobs? When government jobs will stop companies pick pocketing from the governments main resource, "The American people" example! security companies use the American people to profit money from business who need & want security. Why not create a gov. security job and those profits can be going to cutting our nations debt in half. As i put time to calculate the profits, and math proves just security alone can revenue $2.7 trillion in one year.
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Obama and Romney. Why not create government jobs? When government jobs will stop companies pick pocketing from the governments main resource, "The American people"
Joe MacLean October 18, 2012 at 02:54 AM
what message are we sending young Americans when we reward people who are breaking the law (illegal immigrants) regardless of how or why they are breaking the law? Illegal is illegal.
Joe MacLean October 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM
both men are having their money invested in China. most people have no idea where there is invested. to say you invested more than me is humorous, neither should allow the money to be invested in China. it's like saying I stole less than him so do not punish me. Do you agree?
Joe MacLean October 18, 2012 at 03:14 AM
wouldn't it be great if those who favor Obama care were allowed to pay for it and the rest of who do not want it , did not help pay for it.It's easy to say yes for Obama care if you pay little or no taxes. everyone should have health care in our country but those that have figured out how to never contribute to anyone but themselves; it gets really difficult making myself to believe that I owe those that are burden to everyone
Jody October 18, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Not sure what you're talking about but we need fewer overpaid, unionized, 100% job security government jobs. The defense contractors are are certainly overpaid also. Take a look at the massive Carroll Federal Directory and see how many agencies, boards, commissions etc. exist in Washington for everything under the sun.
Hannah October 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Concerning the recent attempt to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in NY, what are you planning to do about screening immigrants entering our country, as student visas were also issued to those responsible for 9/11 as in this most recent attempt too?
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Jody, my knowledge i am expressing is mainly on security jobs. Security Companies that employed hundreds of thousands of certified security guards to work at businesses who need or want security, those security companies are making millions of dollars per hour. The American People is the main resource to building our nation strong and wealthier than its ever been. by creating government security, The 1,077,000 American people who are certified guards can apply with the government and when that happens the government can revenue 2,7 trillion dollars in one year making that profit from businesses who want & need security.. The American people need to understand and fight back that the security companies are pick pocketing from the nation's main resource, that is me, you, and all of us.
Better help us October 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
What Jody doesn't realize is that living in poverty, with a single parent, in a minority group and a bad neighborhood affects the brain development of children, add to that the drug use and violent crime and you have created an unlevel playing field for that individual. The k-12 education you boast about is not meeting the needs of the children because many legislators won't fund it and won't work with the teachers who are one the front lines of a failing moral society. In fact few legislators join the committee for education because they won't get any corporate money to fund their re-election, they prefer the energy committee where they are showered with money. The reality of teaching is different from the way fox news frames it. Teachers are professionals same as doctors and lawyers and have to keep retraining and are evaluted and held accountable but are paid miserably and treated as baby sitters. The legislator should be evaluated and fired if they don't do the work of the people. Mitch Maconald is a perfect example. He announce his job was to make Obama a one term president, in reality his job is to do the work of the people. Yes people can pull themselves out of poverty but oppression makes it harde and less likely. A way to level the playing field would be by providing free college or tech training to all high school grads. Paid for by a tax on members of the house/senate who fail the people by blocking legislation & seperate corporations from elections
the-stix October 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
@danny Please provide a link or reference that supports your assertion that "security companies are making millions of dollars per hour". And please name a company or two that gets paid this astronomical hourly rate. Thx.
Better help us October 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
While most people are suffering because of the wage stagnation of the last 15 years , the wealthy are doing just fine as we regress toward the stratified social structure of the pre-industrial era. Consider the latest Federal Reserve survey of consumer finances. Between 2001 and 2010, the wealth of the median middle-income family fell by more than 20%. For the median family in the upper 10% of income, wealth increased 17% to $1.2 million. Globally, Credit Suisse expects global wealth to increase 50% over the next five years. Most of this will accumulate to the elites, since just 0.6% of the global population controls more than 39% of overall wealth. The ugly truth is this: One solution, outside of a wealth tax and a rewriting of the social contract between the moneyed and the rest, is encouraging businesses to push the boundaries of possibility to satisfy the desires of the ultrarich. They'll want new organs and cybernetic servants. They'll want first-class seats for travel into space. Is that the world you want. Serve the elite or be cast aside. Their are so many talented and creative smart people who have ideas that can improve the lives of everyone. Where are the funds for those people. Banks are sitting on the money and only interested in a sure thing that makes them money. It will take a shift in our thinking. Shifting away from selfish short term gain and toward long term investments sustainable living and a better quality of life for all, a United States.
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
the-stix, all security companies combined total of the American People who are Security Guards certified and working is 1,177,391 as of 2012. When the security companies charge businesses $20 an hour per guard. I have done the research myself as there is not an exact/correct number to use in any website. Math Proves from my knowledge and years of research that 1,177,391 x $20 =$23,547,820 So in one hour as we speak, all companies combined revenue $23,547,820 hourly $23,547,820 x 8 hours = $188,382,560 per shift $188,382,560 x 2 = $376,765,120 16 hours/2 shift's Now in one year going on average 2 shift's a day not including grave yard 376,765,120 x 365 days = $137,519,268,800 per year The percentage of security guards is less Than 1% of 314,603,417 American citizens. Creating government security for businesses who need and want security is the right path for our nation to be redeemed. We can hire more security up to 16% of the nations population and revenue 2.7 trillion a year. and at the same time welcome legal immigrants. using our population as an advantage. problem solved in just 4 years we can cut our nations dept more than half. 2.7 trillion x 4 years= revenue $10.8 trillion. The American People is this nations greatest resource to build our nation strong again.
Jody October 18, 2012 at 09:58 PM
So you want the federal government to take those children away from their single parent who lives in a bad neighborhood and put them up for adoption by a two parent family that lives in a suburb in a "good" school district? How else could we possibly "level the playing field?" Teachers are well-paid and have job-security and pensions that most people envy. Perhaps no amount of money thrown into a school will make a difference if we are forced by unions to keep ineffective teachers and refuse to separate the kids who really want to get an education from those who are violent or disruptive. I'd support intensive nurturing and psychological help for kids who need that, who could then be mainstreamed back into school. No one is oppressing anyone and I certainly wish we didn't have such a large supply of low-skill workers who are pushing down the wages for service jobs. Banks are in the business to make money; there is nothing selfish about that. There is also nothing selfish about working hard and saving money to leave to your children and their children. This is a basic drive that people have-- to provide for one's family. How much is taking money from the rich folks and giving it to the poor folks going to help people who are having children without marriage, doing drugs, committing crimes, and glorifying violence? Don't they have any responsibility in this?
Jody October 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Wow, why don't we have everyone work for the federal government so they can make all the profit in the country. How about hot dog vendors and life guards? Or maybe pool cleaners and tax preparers. I'm sorry to be sarcastic Danny, I'm just not following your logic on this.
Better help us October 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
talk about making assumptions! Just like fox news you have to put a negative spin on everything. I can tell you like to argue for selfishness and thats fine for your world. I'm based in reality and have studied brain science. You seemed to be swept away in the victim consciousness and think that drugs and violence don't affect you. Well they do. And Mitt Romney's lets all be selfish agenda is not going to unite this country. Yes banks are in the business of making money but they also have been bilking the nation through financial schemes and hidden charges. As far a teachers, there are not that many ineffective teachers as you may think, thats a propaganda sound bite youv'e decided to believe created by corportations and the republican party who want to control our wages and working conditions even further, for what, to save money. Teachers face a battle field of obstacles and challenges that are so easy to judge when you have never done it. You seem jealous of unions when you should be asking yourself how can I form or join a union that will stand up for me. Sadly it seems you to argue because it gives you a sense of identity. As long as you feel right / righteous you matter you can justify any pain and suffering that doesn't affect you. So sad. I'm asking how it can be better for everyone not me. And I don't think I have all the answers. I like colaborating with others and don't feel isolated to make it on my own because in reality nobody makes it on their own.
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Jody! I Did not say every job should be a government job, only pointing out security should be guided in the write path to support our nation's dept. you might not understand that The American People are blind from the Financial Civil War we Have today with Companies pick pocketing from our nations main Resource. "The American People" u must understand the government will start giving more more to banks and etc.. to help better our economy. when government opens up doors and guide's the American people to these doors and say let's fight back. Fight back how? Compete against the security companies that are using our American people to profit money. when the government should understand that too, "we can be using that profit in much better use in this nation"... "The Truth is the greatest knowledge known to man-kind" Danny Ray Vasquez...
Jody October 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I thought you were doing the negative spinning and identifying victims. I comment for the same reasons you do, to state my point of view. I don't feel self-righteous, but I'm not buying into a mass re-distribution of wealth even if the rich do keep getting richer. Wall Street is a problem we can probably agree on. It's a non-productive use of money that could go to productive uses, and only brokers and insiders and very rich people really profit from it. I have two disagreements with Romney 1) that he wants to make securities investments not subject to any tax, even capital gains tax, and 2) that he is not pro-choice. I'm with him on everything else. We can't keep spending and printing money. Getting our economy going again will help everyone and we would actually have the funds needed to help poor people even more than we do now. I don't want people to suffer or be poor, but class warfare isn't my idea of a real solution.
Joe MacLean October 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
why can't the moderator either turn off the microphone of the candidate going past their allotted time or on their next question only allow their allotted time minus the time they went over on the previous answer and give the opponent the time they previously went over their time. If there is no penalty, why would either candidate ever stop talking?
the-stix October 20, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Cut off the microphone of a speaking President or contender.. I don't think so. But in the debate format, how about fewer topics with 4-5 two minute back and forths and a timekeeper only moderator (not necessairly from the press)? Let the candidates force each other to stay on topic by multiple direct rebuttals. And in the town hall format, how about allowing candidate comments only directly to the citizen that asks the question, with comments at each other not allowed?


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