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Submit Questions for Obama, Romney's Next Presidential Debate

If you have a question for Mitt Romney or President Obama, 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 matter most 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.

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

Glenda Nugent October 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Both candidates: How will you go about reducing waste & excess in military spending? What basic principles will guide you in deciding if additional military spending is warranted, even if it means more borrowing from China ?
Matthew Jones October 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I would like to ask Mitt Romney, Since he has new found love for the middle class would he consider reimbursing the coal miners that were coerced to attend his rally in Beallsville, Ohio, in August. Seeing as most of them really didn't want the day off and most off them are not political supporters. Thanks Matthew Jones
Pat Healey October 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
It appears that Mr. Romney did not use a $2 million tax deduction on this years taxes in order to show a higher percentage of taxes paid. A very generous donation for sure. I would like to ask Mr. Romney if he would have used the $2 million chariitable tax deduction on this years tax form if he was not running for President?
Dean October 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Bonnie, the assertion in your statement is incorrect. Romney's plan does address pre-existing conditions, and his campaign never said to the contrary.
Dean October 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ack, got cut-off. Romney's plan is to couple the high risk pools that are used as a bridge currently in Obamacare, with a rule that no insurer can deny someone insurance based on a pre-existing condition so long as they have had continued coverage; a big expansion over past law - you don't need COBRA coverage, can just go plan to plan, so long as the break between two isn't too long.
Lesa Warren October 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
It's always important for the public to have a sense that our President is "one of us"...it is the very foundation that our democratic nation was built upon - "a government OF the people, BY the people." To that end, please answer this one revealing question: on your pizza, do you like pepperoni or sausage?
kerryanne daly October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
A controversial social issue that divides the country is marijuana legislation. The issue is two fold between medicinal and recreational use with many states passing legislation allowing either or both of those folds. Candidates are often asked their stance on marijuana legalization, but instead, could the candidates please details the reasons they believe marijuana should remain illegal while dangerous alcohol and tobacco are legal?
tim flim October 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Founding colonists named the town we're in Hempstead because it was a great place to farm hemp. Why is industrial hemp still illegal to grow? Where do you stand on allowing farmers to compete with other industrialized nations that allow industrial hemp to grow?
Ruth October 10, 2012 at 06:53 PM
And also, would you consider stopping the guarenteed salary to those who are no longer in office. If you are no longer performing the duties req of your 2-4 yr term, why should the continue to collect salaries? That alone will lower the deficit along with no longer lending money to countries that do not pay it back. If we take out a loan and don't pay it back, the bank does not lend us anymore money. Should work the same for anyone or country.
Keith Williams October 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Keith President Obama you have claimed that Mr. Romney has not been truthful about the size of his tax cut which you have placed at 5 trillion dollars over the next decade. According to the Tax Policy Center the total amount the federal government receives fron individuals income tax is about 1.1 trillion dollars per year. Mr. Romney has advocated a 20% across the board cut which would cut 2.2 trillion dollars over a decade not 5 trillion even if there is no increase in revenue by eliminating deductions. What are the tax assumptions in the analysis you cite that led to the 5 trillion dollar figure?
Jack October 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM
On July 26th of this year my same-sex partner of 10 years and I finalized the adoption of three siblings who were separated out of the Washington DC foster care system. The same day we were married. My question is simple. Do you consider us a family? If so what will you do as president to ensure we are protected and have equal rights as all committed families? The Government Accountability Office cites 1,138 rights, benefits, and protections offered to families with heterosexual parents that we do not receive.
nowliveit October 12, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Mr. Romney, please explain this to me. There were 2 bills passed and signed into law that were title as if they would create jobs. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Yet four or so years later the economy was losing more than 800,000 jobs each month and the worst economic disaster since the great depression was triggered. Why did that not work? And since your plan includes a considerable tax break to the ":job creators" where is the proof it will create the 12 million jobs you are stating you will create as president?
Judith Jones October 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I have three sons ALL of them have served in the military. My oldest son was in basic training when 9/11 happened. All three of them served in Iraq. Mr. Romney you have one son who could have served during Bush Sr.'s war and your youngest son (who is one year old then my oldest son) could have served since 9/11 why have none of your five sons served even during peace time? And how can you keep talking about more wars when you don't have any skin in the game? You, yourself managed to dodge the war of your generation while supporting sending others to die.
nowliveit October 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Mr. President. The republicans in the senate have a sort of permanent filibuster, by letter, to most bills. This has increased the use of filibusters exponentially which has made it difficult for you to get bills passed. How will you support and work with Harry Reid to change this? If this is not done then how to plan to break the obstructionism so that you can do something for Americans?
Jim Black October 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Statement for Gov. Romney to President Obama: "It is true that you inherited a 1.3 trillion dollar mess from George Bush. But that is nothing compared to the 15 trillion you added to it and which I will inherit in Jan. 2013.
Just Bob October 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM
President Obama, I do not believe the average American is aware of the amount of Executive Orders you have endorsed since becoming President. Please explain to the American People why you have issued 923 Executive Orders since becoming President, when all Presidents combined since President Teddy Roosevelt have issued a total of 121 Executive Orders. You owe the American People an explanation, because many of your orders infringe on the Freedom of "We the People".
Jack Brach October 14, 2012 at 09:32 PM
President Obama, You recently said “I can afford to pay a little more and Mitt Romney sure can afford to pay a little more,”. You have made similar statements linking on making how much people should pay in taxes to how much they can afford. Is it really the role of government to simply take from people anything they can afford to part with for redistribution? Or, should people be required to pay a fair share and then be free to spend, donate, save, invest and contribute their money as they see fit?
R. Rountree October 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Question for Obama in 2nd Debate Since you were under the negative influence of Rev Wright for about 20 years, is that why you felt compelled to apologize for the United States to various nations of the world? If not, why? Your response should be most interesting and enlightening to the voters of the U.S. R. Rountree Harbor City, CA Registered Independent
Jay Wright October 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Looking at the past 4 years---unemployment is still at 8%, 23 million are unemployed, 1 out every 2 college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed, we have slipped from 1st in international competitiveness to 7th, foreign affairs have hit a new volatility, businesses are concerned about the ACA. Why should we re-elect you?
Debra October 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Presidential debate question…My question is for Mr. Romney ... With all the issues facing our country… why are Republicans so focused on controlling women’s bodies? Whether you are Pro-Choice or Pro-Life… It is up to each woman to decide what is right for her. Her body should not be legislated by the government. Legislators should do what they’re elected to do which is what they ran on… They shouldn’t push their own agenda once they get in. In 2010 Republicans came into power by promising to reduce the deficit and create a better economy. … Instead..State & Federal Legislatures sponsored and enacted more laws regulating women’s contraception, abortion and Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening than ever before. WHY??? Men have access to Viagra, contraceptive devises, vasectomies and reproductive organ cancer screening. I don’t see legislatures trying to control Men… Male Lawmakers… “Keep your hands off woman’s bodies…. Mess with your own and leave ours alone” You no longer have the rights to keep us at home…”barefoot & pregnant”. Women won the right to do what is best for them. Women don’t need men telling them what they are allowed to do with their bodies
E. Clarke October 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
For Governor Romney: Did Bain received bailout funds? If so, did they repay them?
Kathleen Noska October 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
President Obama, you claim you think the upper one percent should pay more to help those who need it. Since you are in that one percent, can you explain why you don't help out your Aunt who lives in South Boston, but instead lets the taxpayers of Massachusetts pay for her Medical care, EBT Card, Housing etc. Especially in light of the fact she is in this country illegally?
Brandy Terrier October 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Gov Romney-. I would like to know why the Republician party think they should control woman rights. You stated numerous times that you will stop planned parenthood. I would like to know your reasons why. You have changed your mind on Pro-life several times what is your honest plan.
Steve Adolfi October 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Mr. Romney, I work for a corp. that pays taxes that I own shares in, and I get taxed on my pay at 35% minimum. How can you say that because you own the company, and pay taxes twice, that you only get to pay approx. 13% on your taxes and that I have to pay more. You say you create jobs, well, I create jobs because I spend a greater % of my income than your family - actually the entire middle class.. Please explain how you can justify the difference in rates? You don't seem to have "fair" built into your answer so far. What is is a balanced approach? And please don't just say cut taxes for all, I am asking specifically about you vs. me!
Steve Adolfi October 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Mr President, how can you change the filibuster issue in the Senate? it is an embarrassment to our system.
Rhonda Wilkinson October 16, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Issues aside for me the larger question is: Do we want a progressivly socilized Country, or a free market Nation where our States and their citizens direct our nation. Gov. Romney based on history please give your opinion on how America might look in say 50 years if our Government to follows its present course under President Obama's Adm.?
Tyler Bayles October 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
My wife and I both work for a small business owner who makes over 250,000 a year. If raising his taxes meant his eliminating one of our jobs, how would you explain how that helps us as middle class workers?
Gary Mattox October 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
A divided United States Supreme Court has twice ruled by way of razor thin 5 to 4 votes that the Second Amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” However the 4 dissenting justices in District of Columbia v. Heller stated that “self-defense . . . is not the [Second] Amendment’s concern.” If you are elected and have the occasion to nominate a Supreme Court justice, will you choose a nominee who believes that the Second Amendment is concerned with the individual right of self-defense, or one who believes that self-defense is not the Second Amendment’s concern?
Dayna Rainier October 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I am a single mother of four children going to college, who has been fighting Wells Fargo (for nearly a year) to keep my home and I would like to know why the tax payers bailed out the big banks and they in turn, aren't being forced by our government to return the favor to us and work with us to keep Americans in their homes!!
jose guillen October 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Jose Guillen What can we do about gas prices across the board? I live in California and I'm paying $4.59 a gallon for two vehicles. $54 a week, $216 a month just for my car and for my wife's van $72 a week, $288 month! tha't a total of $504 a month. What can we do cut that cost in half or more and put that into the economy instead? Wouldn't that help the economy by us being able to buy goods to create jobs? How can we help the economy if we can't affored to buy goods, dine out etc if a good % of our take home pay is going to filling up every week? We can't go out anymore and spend because of this situation? I believe this is a great way to directly impact the economy in a positve way ASAP as to bringing down and keeping down the gas prices?

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