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What's Your Question for the Next Presidential Debate?

Submit your question for Romney and Obama 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.

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

Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Barry, Will you unleash the lawyers or go quietly back to the Northside after you lose by 5+ percentage points and 100 electoral votes? And I aint no fan of Romney.
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
...and The New Black Panther Party...
DAY October 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
You meant the Robert Byrds of the world, didn't you McMuffin? The GOP ostracized and shunned Duke; the Dems looked the other way while one of their own, Byrd, a former kleagle, rose to power in the US Senate over decades, serving in senior posts on powerful committees along the way.
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Day, Sully just trolls around on Patch. He has no real interest in advancing any meaningful debate. Ignore him.
Alex Tytler October 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Military vote Romney 66, BHO 26, the military hates him irish.
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Active duty mil, the operators, they LOATHE Barry.
Veritas vos liberabit October 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
As usual from the Limbaugh ditto-heads, all Bull s*%T, no facts....... President Obama has been commander-in-chief for over three years and military personnel seem to appreciate HIS service. They are contributing to his re-election campaign at five times the rate that they’re contributing to Mitt Romney’s. Army employees—the ‘boots on the ground’—have been especially generous, contributing $108,571 to the President while giving only $22,004 to his opponent.
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Military Times, October 7th, 2012 http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/10/military-times-poll-romney-bests-obama-2-1-100712/ "Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1” “The professional core of the U.S. military overwhelmingly favors Mitt Romney over President Obama in the upcoming election.” For every operator you find than adores Obama I can find a thousand who loathe him to their core.
Veritas vos liberabit October 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
at least I live in Newtown, not swampville, Florida.
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Nearest swamp is about 20 miles west. Lots of fun out there. Nope...just the ocean on one side...the intracoastal on the other....lots of sunshine...no state income tax...$3.69 gas (for now)...lots of happy people. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ocean30.com/images/Juno-Beach-aerial.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ocean30.com/junobeachflorida.htm&h=312&w=400&sz=130&tbnid=pEwDt7KMkZmF7M:&tbnh=95&tbnw=122&prev=/search%3Fq%3DJuno%2BBeach%2BFlorida%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Juno+Beach+Florida&usg=__4NlQHhWajysB5pKeZXCiJH2DuCg=&docid=bzUfjUx-Hg4jyM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ipl0UNLeBYby9gSFioCIBA&sqi=2&ved=0CDoQ9QEwBA&dur=49
Paul Alexander October 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Oh...and a Governor who's not trying to shank the taxpayers every chance he gets :)
Veritas vos liberabit October 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
happy people? to each his own! Winner dies after roach-eating contest in South Florida 7:36 p.m. EST, October 8, 2012|The Associated Press The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday. About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile S
G October 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I heard the winner won a snake for the grand prize...just before he died. Whatever floats your boat.
sebastian dangerfield October 10, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Mike, i dont have my head in the sand. Just not interested in propaganda. If Rick Santorum, is videoed during the primaries expressing some criticism, I take it with the same grain of salt, that I listen to these same men, now heaping praise. Mike, you do realize that these same people are now saying positive things, correct? When Hillary ran against Barack, and Bill skewered Barack , should that essentially be the last word? The words of people campaigning? No, I dont consider it head in the sand--I consider it avoiding a video made for the express purpose of maligning someone. I dont listen to fox news or hannity or limbaugh either...because , well I consider this propaganda. I also dont listen to Paul Krugman, who is as biased as someone can be. With respect to the bank bailout---thanks for not adopting your party's bizarre hypocritical stance. And Im with you that spending on wars is a waste. That doesnt mean I want to bailout unions though. And I would dispute your notion that the banks took the money and then bought treasuries. That obviously makes no sense--- it would simply mean they didnt need the money. And in any event the math isnt that bad. The us government loans at 5% (not 0% check the facts) and why the the US made net 25 bio in the one year they had the loans out. The Fed window that people talk about with respect to the 0% has been open for decades.
sebastian dangerfield October 10, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Furthermore consider the math, Mike. If I am a bank --and borrow at 0.25% but then buy treasuries ( its actually Mortgaged backs but lets call them similar)---and invest in america-- and receive 3% interest. Thats the steepness of the yield curve at this point--they borrow short and lend long--but say they make 2.75% on 1 bio dollars thats 27 mio dollars. Of which they pay 9 mio in taxes. effectively meaning that the US has no borrowed long term money at 1.8% --- thats way below market mike. So a great deal for the US. In fact, the US just reported , under Obama , a deficit of 1.2 trillion. Down from 1.3 trillion the year before. You know how they got the deficit down? By reducing payments on servicing the debt. Its a very efficient system. Im against the military spending..but its a fraction of what is reported. These companies pay back 35% of their profits and employ people who pay taxes etc. But yeah--Romney might lose the debate next week if he looks like a war monger. I dont think many people are for helping syrian rebels....nor was i for helping libyan rebels.
Alex Tytler October 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Sully you are getting rattled. Your boy is toast.
Mike October 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Luca I just saw your other comments about the video. I did not mean to offend with the head in the sand comment. I agree that the gloves come off during primaries but think it's interesting that during the primaries many influential Republicans shared the same negative opinions about Romney that many Dems agree on today. I'm more likely to see (as I did with Hillary and Bill) that their true opinions were more likely to be vented during a primary and that they simply fell in line once the candidate was selected. The same is true of criticisms of Obama by Hillary which mainly focused on Obama's lack of experience (something I agreed with by the way as I voted in the primary for Clinton). This main criticism sort of evaporated to me though because he's actually worn the big boy pants for almost 4 years and that experience is more valuable to me than hoping Romney can overcome the learning curve of being president and then start finding success. I also agree with you that virtually every news program (Fox thru MSNBC) has become so politically biased that I long for someone to have the guts to just report the news and leave the politics and entertainment for someone else. Nor do I put much stock in what goofs like Perry and Palin said before or after the primary. It just seems to me like the party shared some legitimate common views of Romney (views that Democrats share oddly) before the primary and have back peddled on. Thanks as always for your articulate response.
Irv Weinstein October 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Mitt, the etch-A-sketch statements are getting really ridiculous. Which way you going? DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website. The Romney campaign sought to walk back the comments soon after they were posted on the Register's website. "Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, declining to elaborate.
Alex Tytler October 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
He's got the Reagan position, which is perfect.
Mildred Quarvy October 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
You mean the "position" of saying whatever the current audience wants to hear?
Alex Tytler October 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
It's called winning.
Mildred Quarvy October 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
sounds much more like. Only Losers equate the two, ask your wife.
Paul Alexander October 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
What amazes me is that "The Takers", and the politicians who facilitate their dependency, don't understand that "The Producers" will just stop producing once the taxation and regulation schemes become abusive. “David Siegel to employees: If Obama re-elected, he may have to cut jobs at Westgate” http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/morning_call/2012/10/david-siegel-to-employees-if-obama.html You can whine all you want about how “evil” this guy is but this is HIS reality and folks are going to lose their jobs at his firm cuz he WILL react to the abusive taxation and regulation that Obama supports.
Veritas vos liberabit October 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Al Capone didn't like the Feds either.
Mike October 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
All due respect Paul I'm not sure I agree. When the tax rate was 90% there were still producers getting rich so I'm not sure history backs up the claim that producers will just quit if taxes on the wealthiest Americans go back to say 1979 rates. What was that a max rate of 50%? What I think is more likely is that if someone quits producing, someone else who is enterprising will come in and take their place. There's a lot of talk about whether what he (Seigle) did was illegal. I actually don't think it was illegal but it was stupid. The employees of his company can no more control who wins the election than they can control the weather. If I was the best employee (i.e. most employable) at his company I would look at the guy as unstable for sending the e-mail and immediately call Marriott. His was a classic bully management gaff. He will end up losing good employees and keeping the ones who have no place else to go. IBM did something similar (but not as heavy handed) in the early 90's by announcing that anybody who didn't accept a severance package because of tough times would be subject to possible layoff. There was a huge brain drain of immense talent at IBM and the lower quality workers stayed. The prudent business thing to do would have been to ride out the election and if things didn't go his way, do a big layoff of the less talented staff to cut costs.
Paul Alexander October 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Mike, I appreciate you advancing the debate. My point in bringing this business owners actions to light here was not to support his actions, but to point out that right or wrong, ethical or unethical, stupid or brilliant THIS guy (and I suspect many other business owners) will say "I'm Done" or "I'm Cutting Back" as a result of Obama’s tax and regulation policies. They don’t care what the marginal tax rates were 40 years ago. Sure, someone else may step into the void created by this guys business decisions, but that don’t help the folks who lose their jobs when he folds his tent and retires to St Kitts.
Paul Alexander October 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Oh...and Mr. Seigle just guaranteed himself an IRS sponsored colonoscopy.
Veritas vos liberabit October 10, 2012 at 09:26 PM
this is the genius who claims that he was responsible for GWB getting elected in 2000. How did that work out for the economy?
Mike October 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Thanks for the laugh Paul. The IRS comment cracked me up.
DAY October 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM
If you taxed everyone in this country who earns over $380K at 100%, it would barely give the Federal Government the revenues it needs to balance its annual budget. (Wall Street Journal study based on 2008 IRS data - and in 2008, there were many more people above that income level than there are today). By confiscating 100% of this group's money to pay for Federal outlays, however, you'd not only cripple the wealth-producing segment of society, but also starve states, counties, cities and towns of badly needed revenues for their budgets. The only alternative is to reach into the pockets of people below $380K. That's where the money is.

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