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Ask Obama, Romney: Patch is Collecting Reader Questions for the Presidential Debate

If you have a question for the candidates, submit it in the comments section below and it could be asked during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.

If last 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, 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's parent company Aol, along with Google and Yahoo, to take questions from web users across the country.

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Richard Ristow October 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Romney: The Congressional GOP leaders have said your beliefs don't matter; they just need you to sign the bills they send you. is that what you're going to do: simply ratify their agenda?
Richard Ristow October 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Romney: You say you want to end 4 years of poiicies that have the economy recovering too slowly. How will your policies differ from the 8 years of policies that took us from prosperity to a deep recession?
cogwheel October 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Mr. Obama, why should the citizens think the next four years will be any different then the last four ?
Mike Hopkins October 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Romney: During Vietnam you received five deferments, how will you gain the respect of those that served in the past and those that serve today?
Arthur Huff October 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Both guys: There is no way possible that this country will ever recover from the debt we have and nobody seems to care so I won't bother asking. What people really want to know is do either of you think the Bears have a team that can get to the Super Bowl? And, if so, can they win?
Raymond Flissinger October 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Why are the American people providing "humanitarian" aid ($9B??) to Pakistan when it has been demonstrated that Bin Laden was living right under their noses? Subsequently, we learned that the physician who assisted the US in getting Bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison. How does this activity demonstrate that this country is a US ally and therefore deserves American taxpayer funds?
Amy Robbins October 12, 2012 at 03:03 AM
All talks about abortions and heathcare, but no one can answer the question that I know many (friends of mine) have asked congress people and senate people. What can you do with healthcare to assist women who pay for insurace, work hard and need fertility assistance? We pay for "others" to have children, but no one wants to help us. To both canidates you talk about your children.... no imagine if you could not have any, but you pay taxes for Medicaid for others to have children they either didnt want (later may but not at that time) or thoses children end up in foster care/adoption circle and tax payers still pay for them.
Anna October 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
To both Candidates: Why does America fight all countries in the middle east? No other country seems to care about how middle east government should function except America. Let them be whoever they want to be, we don't care. If payback was 9/11, enough people died on both sides to call it good. Why not pull all troops back and focus on our own country instead spending money and focus on someone elses country? Why do we care so much about the middle east and wasting all that money? I get calls from the Army/Navy if I want to go figh and they will pay for my school, that is so rediculus. No one goes to fight for free, everyone wants to do it for money. What would you do if we were georaphically located for example where Turkey is now, would you still be sending tropps "over"? It would be a WW3. Stop all WARS please, there is nothing good coming from any WAR for no one.
JY October 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
To Obama: During your 2008 Presidential campaign you said President Bush was irresponsible & unpatriotic for accumulating nearly $4 trillion dollars of national debt during his 8 year term and you pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of your first term in office, yet you have done the opposite. In fact you have accumulated more national debt during your first term than the previous 43 Presidents before you combined and now our national debt stands at $16 trillion (and increasing). This accounts for over $50K of debt for every man, woman & child in the USA. 1) Have you not been even more irresponsible & unpatriotic? 2) How do you justify another spending stimulus under these conditions?
Raymond Salmon October 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
To Romney: I'm an independent voter who can sway either way, I'm also a middle class citizen. My question to you is how can I expected to vote for you if you Mr. Romney who has never known about being middle class in a tough economy, and if you never intend to explain your tax plan? If you choose not to answer or simply avoid the question, then how can we as a country trust you?
jwilks October 16, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I want to know why the public is told how wonderfully our young service people are treated ...much as they really were in WW. II ... .our front line defense. .have been receiving meat rejected by our prison systems since the 1980s... Why are prisoners given better quality than those who are willing to lay their lives on the line to allow politicians to debate ...teachers to teach ...medical professionals to practice ...etc..? Also why do politicians believe that submarines should be politically correct by allowing women to serve with men ? Have they ever been on one ? Do they have any idea the dangers they place these young people in by not maintaining crews that are all male or female due to the extreme conditions under which they serve ?
Anshu October 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
besides not trying to disappoint anyone, why hasn't the President or the Governor spoken much about America's greatest near term problem. The fiscal cliff.
Chris M. October 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM
An average couple retiring today will have paid $119,000 in Medicare taxes and yet they will receive $357,000 in lifetime benefits. This means that they only paid a third of the cost. Given that retires are on average one of the richest demographics in the country, how is this fair to the younger generation, like myself, carrying this burden. - Chris Myers, VA (32) http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2011/07/01/seniors-dont-pay-full-medicare-social-security-share

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