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Patch is gathering reader questions for the candidates' televised, Oct. 16 town-hall-style debate. Submit yours in the comments section.

If last Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance to get the 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 readers can 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 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!

Joe October 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Governor Romney - Was the October 5th debate an Etch-A-Sketch moment for you? It seems as though you were literally re-writing your position on a half-dozen issues as you went along. A quick follow-up, was there some fundamental shift in either the country or your own ideals that occurred between May 2012 and October 2012 that changed your mind about 47% of the country being victims and unable to take personal responsibility or is your current position just politically expedient?
Joe October 09, 2012 at 02:11 PM
President Obama - One of your 2008 campaign promises was to end the war in Afghanistan yet, four years later, we are still losing our sons and daughters both in battle and being murdered by those we are supposedly helping. What is your plan to meet your promise from four years ago? Second, the economy continues to struggle to recover from the recession of 2007-2009. In fact, some economists insist we are in, or soon will be, in a double-dip recession. Can you give us a SPECIFIC idea of how you intend to lead the country back toward health growth? Surely, an important piece of any recovery plan must involve the real estate market, correct?
Sean October 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Last debate, Governor Romney, you said "I think it’s, frankly, not moral for my generation to keep spending massively more than we take in, knowing those burdens are going to be passed on to the next generation." I believe that a similar moral issue is the climate and environmental degradation that we are passing on to future generations. Do you believe this is the case? What is the government's responsibility in managing this debt?
Loretka October 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Obama stated that he wants to: eliminate the $4 billion a year that the oil industry gets in "corporate welfare" and eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets. He further said he "has a plan" to not give tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas and that "right now you can actually take a deduction for moving a plant overseas". In the four years he has been president, why has he not done these things? General Motors, whom he bailed out with taxpayer money, -and- General Electric, the CEO of which I believe the Obama's have a personal friendship, are two companies that are shipping jobs overseas. Why?
Kent October 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Governor Romney - In the first debate, you made a remark to President Obama about "not being able to have your own facts". Yet in that same debate, you made a statement about people with pre-existing conditions not being barred from getting medical insurance under your plan, which your own campaign later said was false. You also made some other other plainly false statements in that debate. Do you think your rule about not being able to "have your own facts" applies only to other people, or do you think it should apply to everyone, including yourself?
Monica Goodrich October 11, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Gov. Romney: I have seen the Sisters of "The Nuns on the Bus" invite you several times to join them to meet with the people you have dismissed as being lazy and dependent on government? Do you intend to join them on the bus to see how hard these people work to survive, working 2 or 3 jobs to feed their families? To date, you have not accepted, and I would like to know why, since you have stated you will represent 100% of Americans! Monica Goodrich, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jack October 12, 2012 at 12:51 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.
Panda October 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Mr. Preisdent: Regarding your Health care 1. How can you justify forcing someone that is a working poor, to buy something they can't afford. (If I could afford it I would buy it!) Now you are forcing me to buy this, and on top of that, if I don't, and I get hurt, now you are going to "tax" me. I thought this was a "FREE" country. I have not been to a doctor in years. If I bought insurance, I would be homeless. What common sense does that make? Tax me? I'll never get out of debt..I am poor enough..... I just don't understand your thinking, Mr. President Here is my other point I would like BOTH of you to comment on: Social Security holds each and every single working person in this country that has worked and filed filed taxes. This money has been put there by myself, my husband, my kids, neighbors, community members, from every single person who has earned even 1single paycheck! Social Security is NOT THE GOVERNMENTS MONEY!!! IT IS THE PEOPLES MONEY!!!!! So then, why in the world are we always hearing that Social Sercurity going broke? Is the government borrowing against Social Security? and if you are, WHY THE HECK AREN"T YOU ASKING THE PEOPLE IF YOU CAN BORROW OUR MONEY......ITS NOT YOURS TO TAKE
Weldon L October 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Disregarding both parties standard respective positions on raising or lowering taxes and regulations, what is the underlying cause of gridlock in Congress? This question searches for the root cause of separation between the two parties prior to any negotiation of economic issues. That answer directly correlates to social issues. There is a mutual disdain for each others position on social issues. It is so great that they refuse to work together on anything. Why has neither Candidate addressed this issue? Why has neither Candidate put forth a plan to bridge that divide? Why isn't gridlock, or that is the elimination of the root cause of gridlock, a major concern to the Candidates?
Weldon L October 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Why does Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and a majority of Republican Congressmen feel the need to sign a lobbyists' tax pledge that obligates them more to the lobbyist than the people they serve? And conversely, why don't Democrats feel that same necessity? This begs the answer to the question of "What hold does the lobbyist have over our elected officials?" The answer of course is that rather than the people, the lobbyist exclusively holds the penalty clause in the pledge. The penalty is loss of financial support for their campaign and therefore a high probabilty that the financial support will go to someone that does adhere to the lobbyist position of never raising taxes. Since it is legal for a lobbyist to influence a Congressman in this manner, how would the candidates propose to remedy this problem?
Larry Hunter October 15, 2012 at 05:25 AM
My name is Larry from Georgia I want to ask Gov. Romney do he support unions ? UAW member
Liz Alvarez October 15, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Governor Romney, When I look at your eyes, I see someone who would say anything to get my vote. Tell me specifically what loopholes you would get rid of to help the American people who are paying for the current economic conditions that was caused by banks, companies like Enron and dishonest people like Bernie Madoff. If you cannot be specific and you spin your words, you have just lost my vote and I am to you just part of that 47% that you do not care about.
Bill October 16, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Both of this years presidential candidates have/had a family member who suffers/suffered with MS (multiple sclerosis). How will each candidate fight MS and offer support for the victims and their families?
David Allen October 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I am David from Florida. To Mr Romney: I want to know how the Voucher program for medicare would work. How will I know that I won't be short changed? In other plain words, will I get a certain amount on the voucher and it my premium cost more, I will have to make up the difference? To President Obama: What is wrong with a voucher program for medicare?
Jessica McCormick October 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Mr. Romney. You stated that your blind trust had invested money in the Iranian Weapons Program without your knowledge. Bain Capital also began business with large cash investments from offshore accounts connected to Salvadoran elitists. These elitists were financing the death squads responsible for the deaths of approximately 35,000 Salvadoran citizens. Bain Capital responded only that the investors had passed background checks. When you are so ignorant to the end results of your own financial affairs, how can you claim you would make a fiscally responsible President?


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