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Patch Is Collecting Questions for Obama and Romney During the Next 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 is 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.

What would you like to see?

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

Steven Hollingsworth October 09, 2012 at 06:39 AM
For both candidates: Yes or No, would you consider supporting a Federal Income Tax that was a flat tax on all income (no deductions except for charitable contributions) above the local poverty level?
Steven Hollingsworth October 09, 2012 at 06:47 AM
For both candidates: If the upward-mobility of the Middle Class is the driving force behind the teamwork as well as the wellspring of the innovative ideas that have always been America's strengths, what incentives would you like to employ to restore that upward mobility?
Keith Best October 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
What makes people think a FIRST-TERM senator who spent most of that FIRST-TERM running for another office is qualified to oversee the world's largest economy? Before that Obama was a FIRST-TERM state senator who spent most of that FIRST-TERM running for another office. Romney ran a successful company, as "Chief Executive" he turned around a failing Olympics, and he ran a state as "Chief Executive". Obama never even ran a corner lemonade stand and that's a Fact Jack! Since Obama is now the "Chief Executive" of the US, I'd ask him to describe his executive experience running something before 2008.
S.G. October 10, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Rick, an interesting answer to Mr. Reich, but - as an aside - Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland and John Jacob Astor in what is now Germany. Additionally, Samuel Morse went to Yale.
S.G. October 10, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Ray, I don't think that I understood your answer to Ms. Rittenhouse. How is she supposed to force the father to pay child support? Are you stating that she chose to have an autistic child? And what is se supposed to do with her autistic child while she works her second job?
S.G. October 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
President Obama's travel arrangements are handled by the Secret Service. I believe that you meant to direct question three to candidate Romney.
S.G. October 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Huh???
Steven Hollingsworth October 10, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I think full disclosure by both candidates is a very good idea -- I want to know the character, plans and the history of performance of someone I'm going to trust with our 8,000 nuclear warheads. I DON'T want a congenital liar in the Oval Office. -- However, this does lead to a rather interesting question about the proper use of our nuclear warheads, which I'll post next.
Steven Hollingsworth October 10, 2012 at 06:51 AM
To both candidates: The U.S. reportedly has something like 8,000 nuclear warheads. In the event that either Turkey or Western Europe are attacked, what is the proper use of those warheads?
Rick October 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We already have a lot of unemployeed people with advanced degrees. What the U S of A has is a shortage of skilled workers. You don't need a degree to build houses, cars, roads, bridges, washing machines etc.
Rick October 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
When Morse attended Yale he studied religious philosophy and the science of horses.
Rick October 11, 2012 at 05:41 AM
The proper use of our nuclear weapons should be the same now as it has been for the past 65 years. As a deterrent. The USSR never wanted to nuke us because they knew we would return the favor . China knows that too. Hopefully all the other countries understand that as well. Some country with just a few nukes should know that we could wipe them off the face of the earth and still have about 7995 warheads left over.
wookfish October 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM
remember this..four Americans died....and O bama and co. LIED
Melinda Russell October 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
How can the US stem the costs of illegal immigration without drastic legislation? What ideas do you and your team have to tackle this problem? How epidemic are the numbers for illegals living in this country from the updated 2010 census? Also what would you do to stop the trade of "useless junk" from China? We have tremendous debt with them and we have plastic cupie dolls in our junk drawers! There are unemployed housewives in the US, trying to stay home and keep tabs on their kids who can make quality crafts instead of the crap that we import from China. We have no sense of artistry or craftsmanship here. What would you do to restore that?
Eric Bray October 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
To both candidates, will you limit military tours of duty (regarding combat) to no more than two with just one being mandatory? Also, will you limit the tours of duty to no longer than six months so that the number of PTSD cases, casualties and fatalities drastically decrease? Finally, will you call for military consciption (aka the draft) and make it like Israel's model?
Rick October 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM
How to stop the trade of "useless junk" from China (also VietNam, Cambodia, Mexico South America etc)? Stop buying it in the stores. Of course you might have to go without shoes, clothes, computers, cell phones, cars and a lot of other things in your daily life. By the way, do you drive an American car or an import?
Rick October 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM
HUH? How will limiting tours of duty to six months reduce the number of casualties? If there are going to be X number of casualities per year that number won't change based on the length of a tour. PTSD can develop in one month just as well as one year.
Melinda Russell October 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Rick I drive a Chevy - thanks so much for checking and I haven't bought a cheap holiday decoration in 10 years, stopped buying Uggs, LL Bean shoes too and clothes at Kohl' s made in the other countries you mentioned as well. Every little bit helps.
Rick October 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Okay, Go Chevy. But where do you find clothes that are made in the U S of A? Levi Strauss closed their last US factory in 2003. The Wrangler jeans I am wearing right now were made in Cambodia. The suit I bought at Boscov's was made in Viet Nam. Just walk through the clothes sections of Sears, JC Penny, Macys, the Gap or any other store in the mall and try to find a Made in the USA label.
Rick October 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
BTW, Your Chevy and my Dodge mini van probably wouldn't even start if there weren't electronic components made somewhere in Southeast Asia.
pat jones October 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
FOR TTHE RECORD IT IS PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT MR. IT IS MR ROMNEY NOT GOV. WHY HAVE WE NOT HEARD ABOUT ROMNEYS OFF SHORE BANK ACCOUNTS WE KNOW HE DOES NOT PAY TAXES TO SWITZERLAND THE CAYMON ISLANDS OR BAHAMAS.WHO KNOWS WHERE ELSE HE HAS ACCOUNTS SET UP.PAYS NO TAXES I THOUGHT IT WAS ILLEGAL TO HIDE MONEY IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND NOT PAY TAXES ON IT.. ..TIME TO GET ANSWERS ?.RICH MAN GETTING RICHER TO HELL WITH WORKING CLASS HE PAYS 14% to IRS ALL WORKING CLASS ARE PAYING 24-28% to IRS WHY WOULD WE ELECT A MAN WHO BBREAKS THE RULES IN HIS OUR COUNTRY FOR HIS OWN GOOD . HE DOES NOT HAVE TO LIVE ON FIXED INCOME OR WORRY ABOUT SOCIAL SEC.OR MEDICARE WHY CARE ABOUT US. THE ANSWER IS HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS OR THE POOR. HE HAS NEVER BEEN THERE. P.J
wookfish October 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Mr Obama, no Mr dumbama ,yes
Rick October 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
For the record, it is Governor Romney, not Mr. A former political office holder may be addressed by the title they last held. Carter, both Bushs and Clinton are still addressed as Mr President or introduced as President Whoever. Gov Romney paid about 14% CAPITAL GAINS TAX, which by the way was several million dollars. That is the way the already existing tax laws are structured. If you had a taxable income (after deductions) of $100,000 you 10% on the first 17,400, (1,749) then 15% on the next 70,700 minus 17,400 (7,995) and 25% on 100,000 minus 70,700 (7,325) which would total $17,060. Even though you are considered to be in the 25% bracket you actually only pay 17%.
Rick October 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
So how come we don't know anything other than word of mouth about Obama's college career? Exactly what courses did he take at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard? Oh that's right, he had all of those records sealed. What is he hiding? And also for the record, Obama is worth millions and doesn't have to live on a sixed income or worry about Social Security or Medicare.
pat jones October 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
PRES.OBAMA MAY HAVE MILLIONS ID O NOT KNOW THAT HOWEVER HE DOES PAY HIS TAXES UNLIKE FORMER GOV. ROMNEY WITH HIS OFF SHORE ACCOUNTS WHO ONLY PAYS TAXES ON MONEY HAS HAS IN U. S. ALSO PRES OBAMA WAS VETTED TO RUN FOR PRES. HE MUST OF PASSED THAT TEST OR HE WOULD NOT OF BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN IN THE FIRST PLACE. PJ
Sal Sorce October 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
re: Pat Jones comment. I believe that the current President Barack Hussein Obama, is by far the most incompetent President we have seen in OUR White House. The facts are all there ... he has been in office for nearly 4-years to perform as his supporters and non supporters would have expected. In the Private Sector, anyone with such a record such as this BHO ... would not be in a position to do any further damage. Yeah we all heard IT'S BUSH'S FAULT. Barrack Hussein Obama had both houses, all the elected officials to provide him the votes to pass many of his draconian rules ... does anyone recognize our country??? Vote for the person who can with EXPERIENCE to correct the mess brought to us by a Democratic Party that only their most staunch supporters do not know their party ... Heard BHO while in LA was making appointments after the election, should things not go his way ... Performance and a track record is the firm qualifications required in OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ... GO MILITARY !!! ...
Rick October 14, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Obama was vetted? By whom? The people who supported his election and they can include or omit any details they choose to. That could be why all of his college records have been sealed. Here is the Obama's tax info for 2009. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/15/obamas-tax-return-release_n_539213.html And here is their 2010 return info. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/18/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-s-tax-returns-and-tax-receipts Of course this doesn't cover any overseas incomes they may have. In neither year did he pay anywhere close to the maximum tax rate he believes anyone making over $250,000 should be paying.
Rick October 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
OMG, I have to agree with Sal Sorce. Ronnie Reagan 'inherited' quite a mess from his predecessor but he didn't spend his first term blaming Carter.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 17, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Sal, I have to laugh - my youngest said, "awwww..." when she saw the pic.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Where do both candidates stand on the discovery of the ratification of Article the First (the "Apportionment" Amendment) and, as important - ON THE "CHANGE THE RULES" pledge? changetherulespledge.org - another effort by the Democratic-Republicans on your behalf.

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