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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, 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!

Owen Linder, MD FACP October 09, 2012 at 06:25 AM
The next debate covers foreign policy. Please ask both candidates: There are ongoing warlike conflicts and or standoffs which may boil over in the South China Sea, the Korean demilitarized zone, Russian Georgia, Syria, Cuba, Columbia, many fractionalized African States as well as Iraq and Afganistan. How do you weigh and apportion American interest in each case? What is the defining doctrine of foreign intervention for your term in office? Please be specific. Syria is rent by two factions yesterday Mr Romney said he would separate the terrorist rebels from the Americaphilic rebels and support the latter with extensive military weaponry. How will you do this Mr Romney? To both candidates how much military support for oppressed and endangered allies through the world are you willing to spend? How do you draw a line between endangering domestic support systems and foreign intervention? What is the role of America as superpower and a well armed nuclear power? Will America use the nuclear option to save military cost in young soldiers lives and American treasure?
Mike Chubre October 09, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Mr Romney What would you do about a power company that coded their outages as animals, lightening , act of God , anything but the real cause like the lack of tree maintaince . The quartly reports could go to the PSC WITH LESS TREE OUTAGES and this would allow cuts to the tree maintance crews to save money on paper !!! What would you do about bigger fuses than the lines call for to help prevent outages , only problem is then the lines burn down when left to go this wat to long . And then the power company has many many blinking lights and a condition called feeder operations . Mr Romney , what would you do about management at a power company doing private work not related to the power company to help good old boys . What a minute mr Romney , your a republican , maybe just like the ones who run the power companies , so you might know of these issues , you know anything to make the share holders like you . What would you do about the power company leaving the south part of the town to last on maintance because they bring in less money and most there dont know who to complain to ?
Dee Dokumaci October 09, 2012 at 07:16 AM
Continued......my question to both candidates would be what are you going to do about crooked insurance agencies with their pre-existing nonsense & doctors who are pushing risky treatments! President Obama's healthcare reform with pre-existing condition will not happen until 2014, I don't have the luxury of waiting to get the proper care that I need now, if President Obama cared for health care reform, why did he wait till now, why didn't he do something about this in 2008/2009?? I am so sick of Insurance Companies getting away with so much while they are making billions, taking their sweet old time paying back what they owe their loyal customers, instead of take, take, take! As for the doctor in pain clinic, he had a nerve to get me to sign a waiver for the laser shot that he highly recommended so that he is not responsible for the worse case scenario, unbelievable more reason for me to refuse it....
Michael D. October 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Funny how the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, etc doesn't meant God in any form except the in the proper writting of the date. As the currency didn't have "In God we Trust" until 1864 and "One Nation Under God" wasn't in the pledge until 1954. But the government/nation was founded on Christian beliefs. Of the writters/signers of the Constitution only John Adams would be consider a Christian in the true sense of the word.
Jay Dusek October 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Mr Obama, what the hell?
Gary Huckleberry October 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The elimination of government sponsored extortion is the first necessary step (that won't be taken).
Joseph Robert October 09, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Mr. Romney, can you explain your multiple different views on these issues as you are seen on this video? Which ones are true and which are LIES? (1 million views already!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPgfzknYd20
adam walling October 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Hi, Bruce. Can you tell my why...if you are a middle class citizen, why on earth would you vote for Romney?? This man is SO out of touch with reality....according to him, us average people are banking 250,000 a year. Shows you how in tune with "the people" he is. It is blatantly obvious, and by his own admission, that he is more interested in helping corporate America than us. What little bit he has revealed about his tax plan shows that the primary beneficiaries are the wealthy and big oil. They get tax breaks while the more numerous average joes pick up the financial slack. The man straight up said, he believes 47 percent of us are basically bums. Furthermore that its "NOT HIS JOB" to worry about those people. Are you kidding me??? You want to vote for a man who wrote off nearly half of the US population?? A man who essentially wants to further burden any family making under 250K a year?? I am neither Dem. OR Republican. However between these two the choice should be clear. To me it would seem the only people voting for Romney are: The wealthy, the ignorant, the racist, and bible thumpers who believe their religion belongs in Government. Separation of Church and State is a GOOD thing. Either way, seriously....wtf would you vote against yourself?
adam walling October 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
This kind of idiocy is the problem here. Even if he was....so fing what??? MR A.F. BUD....are you a shut in (a person who does not get out much) who locks his car door when he sees a brown man? Mr.Romney is a Mormon....just as scary, still blindly believes in an invisible man in the sky who watches/controls everything. My suggestion to you.....vote based on their policies. Get out of your house....better yet the SOUTH once in a while. Get over your bigotry. Vote for the good of the country and your neighbor and stow away your ignorance.
vicki conrad October 10, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I would like to know what they both think about the fact that the rest of the world is beginning to reject the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency and what they will do about the enormous implications it will have on our economy in the years ahead.
Mike Chubre October 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Some people just dont get it. Romney is a conservative. Conservatives are above such lower-class concerns as honesty, integrity, consistency, morals, ethics, and voting for what's good for your country instead of your own narrow self-interests. To a true conservative, these liberal values, as with paying taxes, are for the "little people." You know, the riff raff who vote Democratic
Carolo October 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Romney Debating Romney http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPgfzknYd20 This covers a couple of the lies at the debate. Far from all of them.
Carolo October 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Good job. I posted the same video before I saw you had.
Mike Chubre October 10, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Mr Romney I spent 6 hours in the hospital 2 weeks ago . Most of this time sitting and waiting to be seen. I had 2 tests done and some blood work. I recieved the bill today for over $25,000 dollars !!!!! The hospital is on contract with my insurance company so the bill was lowered to $2.200 . I am told that the differance of $22.800 is a write off for the hospital !!!!!!!!! Mr Romney ? Can i jack up my customers bills and lower them for a write off at the end of the year ? If not why not ?
Mike Chubre October 10, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Mr Romney , A friend of mine needed open heart surgury . He has no insurance . The doctor and hospital wanted $250.000 up front to do this. My friend ended up flying to India and had it done for under $ 19.000 total . While he was there he had a root canal done for $75.00 , as opposed to $ 450.00 back home in the USA . Is it any wonder you can open up the phone book and look under doctors and find 1 American doctor for every 100 Indians ? Whats wrong with this picture mr Romney ?
Owen Linder, MD FACP October 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM
It seems you are in favor of universal health care. So am I. If an insured patient undergoes extensive open heart surgery, as one of mine did July 24th at Morton Plant the actual paid charges for preliminary cath and the surgery has been about $40,000.00.The surgeon for this aneurysm repair, conduction tract ablation and valve replacement etc got $3,000.. So the uninsured patient is quoted five times the insurance company / Medicare price. Always. This is a good reason for universal health care. It seems to me the logic of finding 100 Indian doctors here for every American born bred and trained here being related to cheap care in India is obscure. The pay in India motivates Indians to come here.? Are you saying Indians are underpaid in India so they come here?. But the pay scale here for both the Indians and Americans is considered underpayment by Americans so they don't list in the phone book or open offices here? If this is what you mean, I agree in general. I have read innuendo many doctors avoid Massachusetts because of low fees there. The affordable care act acknowledges the extreme undesirability of primary care to American doctors. It has some provisions which mollify the problem of underpayment eg by 10-20%. But the 5 or 10 to 1 disparity of specialist to primary care income is unaddressed in any substantial way. . I have composed a fifty slide presentation on a current solution which I can present upon request. Happy to join the local discussion.
James Thomas October 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Joseph, how much is your salary from the Obama Campaign? I bet you're one of the 1%.
splinter October 11, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Questions for both: (1) What are your plans for tax reform? (2) What are your plans for entitlement reform? (3) What are your plans for overall spending reforms? Mr. President: (A) Why in the world did you push through Obamacare before focusing on jobs and housing? If urgent, why the 3 yr delay in starting? (B) Why didn't Obamacare focus more on controlling costs vs insurance reforms? E.g, malpractice reforms (reduce costly defensive medicine), consumer incentive for everyone, a ban on cost shifting (medicare/medicaid only pay 80% of COST so hospitals need to transfer the 20% cost to private insurers-Maryland banned this?) (C) Healthcare is 18% of our economy and impacts 100%. Looking back, was it handled properly or rammed through sloppily. (D) When the BP oil leak happened, why all the delays in (a) stopping leak, (b) preventing spreading, (c) cleaning and (d) helping those effected. Boats were sitting idle waiting for permission for several days while some seemed to like watching BP squirm. (E) Did the US tell the Europeans to hold off crisis until after election? (F) Any comment?: "Naturally, the administration would prefer that this not happen. So they’ve offered to pay the legal costs of any firm that doesn’t send out the notices."http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/04/obama-administration-pressures-contractors-not-to-warn-workers-of-impending-layoffs.html (G) Happy with the 7.8% numbers when over half PART-TIME?
splinter October 11, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Actually some foreign countries have much stronger environmental and labor protection laws, but agree "we need fair trade, not free trade" as Kerry used to say. But, ironically, I used to always scratch my head as the Democrats continued to criticize Bush for not signing the Koyoto protocol because it exempted China and India. To compete, the US needs to reform its tax code, spending and regulations. Basically, implement more efficient and smarter regulations. Remember how the feds required the use of MBTE, and now all those companies are being sued? The Fed gov't subsidized industrial farming and sugar despite the obesity problem in US. Another example, what "policies" or "deregulations" occurred under Bush that caused the "great recession"? Glass Steagal was repealed under Clinton. Greenspan pushed big investors into MSBs under Clinton. Fannie/Freddie were on steroids in 90s. Do you remember Al Gore's focus before global warming? It was cutting red tape. Telling gov't agencies the private sector was "customer". However, I share your concern about the environment and hope both candidates support smart efficient measures. I also believe our labor unions need to be reformed. Less focus on expanding membership and more focus on workers (safety and compensation). To much resistance to productivity and innovation.
splinter October 11, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sadly, politicians always withhold a lot of details when it comes to painful decisions (we need tax reform and entitlement reforms and both include "third rails"), but we need more from both. However, Romney has started disclosing some details that I thought would interest you. Here's a big one: "Romney's idea for capping individuals’ tax deductions at $17,000 would impose a burden that would fall hardest on the wealthiest taxpayers, who make the most use of the breaks." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-03/romney-17-000-deduction-cap-first-of-three-part-proposal.html I think ironic that we were all focused on Romney's, Buffet's and other wealthy folks low tax rates just a few weeks ago. The reason the wealthy pay such low rates is because of our outdated/bloated tax code. Imagine those making over $1 million paying a flat rate of 20% vs 14%, etc. Also, remember the original purpose of the Alternative Min Tax - It was to make sure "rich" paid min? Now loaded with loopholes so hits middle class. We need tax reform to broaden tax base and simplify. That will remove a huge amount of uncertainty that is negatively impacting the economy. Businesses cannot make long term decisions (including hiring) with such uncertainty about tax policy and fiscal policy. The President needs to propose his own tax and spending reforms asap to help us move forward. The senate has failed to provide a budge in YEARS! We need short and long term plans from our gov't.
splinter October 11, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Tax reform and regulation reform. Some locations in the US are impossible to start certain businesses. Remember Al Gore's push as VP to improve gov't. He actually made progress, but nothings been done lately that is effective. Just consider the Dodd Frank law. We certainly need regulations but that is a monstrosity that is still been written, analyzed etc and in the end will be diluted since so massive and complicated. Targeted new regs would have worked. Some jobs are returning to US, but we need tax reform to bring the huge amount of money sitting overseas back to the US. And we need to remove the cloud of uncertainty over businesses and individuals. We know massive changes to taxes and spending are needed. The delay is killing the economy.
splinter October 11, 2012 at 02:32 AM
A 30 year GLOBAL credit bubble popped shortly before Obama took office. The financial system froze and companies shed jobs out of fear. They over-fired because of the huge uncertainty. Hank Paulson offered his 3 page proposal which congress denied (the taxpayors would have made out much much better under Paulson's plan. Remember his "I cannot guarantee we'd make money for the taxpayer, but..."; instead Geitner did deals with Walls Street (errr, why did goldman get paid 100 cents on dollar when AIG negotiated them down?)). So, we had a severe fiscal crisis but resolved/healed. However, companies and the economy should have sprung back like a rubber band since anyone at any company knew of the intense fear and over firing. Instead, DESPITE 4 trillion in stimulus from Congress and Fed, its a shockingly feeble recovery. Why? Jobs should have been the No. 1 focus from day 1. If the engine is not running on all cylinders, not working well. Instead the administration created way too much uncertainty with Obamacare, regulations, lack of any fiscal plan, etc. What is killing this economy is the massive amount of uncertainty. They just don't get it. Why in the world did they focus on health insurance reform instead of jobs and housing or simply controlling costs? Why was it rammed through? In the end, I'm mildly better than the month long bottom of the fiscal crisis. Other than that, never been worse or more concerned for my kids.
Milton Adamson October 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
What are you going to do to make thee United States "The Delaware of Nations"? Essentially what would Romni or Obama do to make the USA the place where international firms goto establish or move their corporate headquarters to the United States?
Milton Adamson October 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
John, The United States are not democratic. The Constitution of these United States insures we are specifically a Republic and not a Democracy. Democracies in general only encourage mob rule and I have not see one function well.
Chandra Sekhar October 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
1.How will Romney encourage investment in African countries? What are the top three countries and why? 2. Same as in Question 1 except South American countries
Robyn October 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I would like to know from both candidates...Why are they not saying specifically what they both intend to do about the war?...And why is the US still trying to make nice with these extremists?...And why since we have enough oil, and other forms of energy are gas and oil prices still so high?...Why can't we just tell them to go pack sand?...How are we going to get the global markets showing improvement so that the US and other countries like us don't continue to fail like Greece? I have many more, but I'll just start here.
Robyn October 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Why should we invest in any other country other than ourselves right now, it seems to me that the role of the politicians should be investing in this country. Why should we keep dumping money into other countries when we cannot even help ourselves right now.
Robyn October 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I agree with you Dr. Linder, as a health care professional also, the cost of medical treatment are staggering and bankrupt many families, who cannot afford insurance. This is a true injustice.
Robyn October 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I believe he just changes with the wind, and tells people what they want to hear. If you want truth from Romney that would be like peeing in the wind.
Michael D. October 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Robyn, Because we don't have enough oil. The amount of oil we have is less than 1% of the world's oil, and wouldn't be enough to truly keep up sustained for any real length of time. Gasoline is higher than it used to be, but our legislation is still keeping the price depressed. We are not paying the $8-$11 dollars a gallon other countries are paying.

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