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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’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 in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, 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!

Carolyn Renaud October 06, 2012 at 04:09 PM
A question for Obama. Please explain the details of "I'll have more flexibility after the election.". The comment recorded in your talks with Putin. Just how will this flexibility impact the USA?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Questions for Romney. In the first debate, you didn't respond to the President's claim that you plan on increasing defense spending by $2 trillion and will continue the "Bush" tax cuts, which will add an additional $1 trillion to the national debt, so I assume those are true. Conversely, you denied that your tax cut plan, which is in addition to these two items, cost $5 trillion. With defense spending, why do you think that we need additional defense spending when the U.S. spends 41% of the world's total defense spending and more than countries ranked #2 through #17 combined? Your tax plan has been described as a 20% tax cut across the board. How much is this going to cost? With all three items, how do you intend to pay for it? What if "growth" fails to pay for these three items? Would you restore pay-as-you-go, which the Congressional Republicans removed? Would you include tax cuts as an item, as with spending increases, that would require a mandatory offset in spending cuts?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Questions for Romney. Republicans frequently decry "picking winners and losers." How is having a preferential tax treatment of capital gains, the kind that you receive - where that kind of income is taxed at 15% - not picking a "winner" when ordinary income can be taxed up to 35%? Your tax plan includes removing unspecified deductions and loopholes for higher-income Americans. How is this simplifying the tax code, something that most Americans want to see?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Question for Romney. In the first debate, you noted that gasoline prices have gone way up. Isn't it true that in July of 2008, gas prices were roughly what they are today and that, for a short time at the end of that year, gas prices dipped substantially, only to rise back to July 2008 levels again? Isn't yours a disingenuous claim?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Question for Obama. In the first debate, you never disputed the $716 billion cut to Medicare, yet your spokespeople have noted that Congressman - and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Ryan has proposed the same cut, but in a different way. How is Rep. Ryan's $716 billion cut any different than yours?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Question for Romney. Why is having potentially 50 different state health care systems better - and more efficient than - one national health care system? How is having potentially 50 different state health care systems going to be easier for citizens to understand when they're visiting other states or when they move to other states?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Question for Romney. Republicans often say that we should "keep the government out of our lives." Isn't it hypocritical for Republicans to say it's thus okay for government to intervene in personal decisions, e.g. abortion, gay marriage, contraception? How does government know best in these places, but nowhere else?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Question for Romney. If, as you said in the first debate, "government is the least efficient," why is your first course of action on defense is that we should spend more money on it rather than look for the oft-cited "waste, fraud, and abuse" first? Isn't defense spending government spending?
one opinion October 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Question for both candidates. For a future debate, what would you think of a format that offers three 30-minute segments, with the break in-between for fact-checkers to give a report of what you each said and claimed during the previous 30-minute segment?
one opinion October 07, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Question for both candidates. It has been revealed that, no matter which of you is elected President, that 12 million jobs will be created over the next 4 years, or about how many were created during each of Bill Clinton's two terms, or 10x what was created during President George W Bush's two terms combined. How do you think we can increase jobs by more than 12 million?
one opinion October 07, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Question for both candidates. A recent, large study that included many poor and uninsured women revealed that free birth control led to substantially lower rates of abortions and teen births. Teen pregnancies dropped from the national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens (2010) to 6.3 per 1,000, while abortions fell from 13.4 to 17 per 1,000 women to 4.4 to 7.5 per 1,000 women. Under Obamacare, millions of U.S. women are beginning to get access to contraception without co-pays. With approximately 3 million-plus out of 6 million-plus pregnancies unintended, far more often for low-income women, who lack access to family planning services, and with an estimated 43 percent ending in abortion, do you see the results of this study as a part of the solution to reducing the societal cost of abortion as well as the societal cost of caring for children put up for adoption?
one opinion October 07, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Question for both candidates. The U.S. Senate has a fillibuster rule that allows 41 Senators to control the legislative agenda in that body. In 2009, these Senators, all Republicans, represented just 39% of the U.S. population and stood united to control the Senate's business. Meanwhile, many of the U.S. population thinks that the Senate can't get anything done because the majority, then representing 61% of the U.S. population, couldn't agree. Do you think this is a transparent way for government to rule, or do you think this is subterfuge and misleading the American public? Should there be any changes, and if you could make any, what would those be, and why? Similarly, a single U.S. Senator can hold up a presidential appointment. Do you think this is a fair rule, and if not, how could it be changed? How can one limit the excessive influence of lobbyists and, especially for representatives, the continuous need to be running for re-election and thus guided by campaign contributions vs. the good of the country?
Brad Thomsen October 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Please explain why using a beloved childrens tv character in a mud slinging tv campaign ad is acceptable on any level. http://youtu.be/bZxs09eV-Vc http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=765675

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