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Patch Wants Your Questions for 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 Wednesday night's 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!

Jay Tee October 06, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Simple. The Democrats want a bigger voting block as they make promises to these groups on your dime. California is in serious trouble. I believe come Ovember we will stop this Socialist Experiment on a national level by defeating Obama however I hold little hope for California as again I expect the state will vote for more taxes more borrowing more bonds.... So sad to see my Golden State so tarnished now. Anyone been to the gas pump lately?
Jeff Rudisill October 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Both candidates: Currently, money in the US is created and controlled by the quasi-private Federal Reserve System by lending money, created out of thin air, at interest. Would you support a movement to return creation and control of money to We, the People, by replacing Federal Reserve Notes with US money, created by the US treasury, and spent into the economy with no interest? In other words, would you support the principles of HR2990, the National Emergency Employment Act of 2011?
Jeff Rudisill October 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
@Jay Tree, there's another, more practical explanation. Employers, especially agriculture employers, love the cheap labor. Maybe you are one of the extremely few non-Latino US citizens who have worked or are wiling to work such manual labor for low pay, but I doubt it. Illegal immigration, like drugs, will never be stopped as long as there's a demand for cheap labor and drugs in this country.
Jeff Rudisill October 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I doubt that any US President will do this, but the simple answer is to pay off the debt with US money, created and issued by the US Treasury. This is how Lincoln financed the Civil War (or War Between the States, depending on your biases). As long as the people of the US borrow money that is created and controlled by the private Banksters, we will be in debt. Time has come to change this by reestablishing the Constitutional right of the US people, through their government, to create and control money. This right was given to the Banksters in the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. Support the passage of HR2990, the NEED Act of 2011. Check it out. See http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02990:@@@L&summ2=m&
Anthony DiJerlando October 07, 2012 at 05:37 AM
What would you do to calm down the situation in the middle east? Tony DiJerlando Claremont, Ca
Justanotheropinion October 07, 2012 at 07:22 AM
What's the point? These questions won't get asked. If by some miracle they did, no candidate would answer them to the voting publics satisfaction. True, honest answers would tick off voters. Neither side can really commit to anything - too many votes at stake. Even if a candidate spouts what you want to hear, they still have to deal with the Congress & the Senate which have their own objectives. Damned if you, Damned if you don't....
Jack Morgan October 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
No questions, just vote Nobama out.
Jack Morgan October 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Oh course he will not answer those question, they are Nobama's friends.
"Kid Gloves" October 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney will you, 1. Will you extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007? 2. Will you protect homeowners' mortgage interest deduction for their taxes? 3. Will you help keep Mortgage Rates low? 4. Will keep college tuition down? 5. Will you keep Health Care down for small business: up to 25 employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000, and provide health insurance, qualify for a small business tax credit and with generally fewer than 100 employees can shop in an Affordable Insurance Exchange, and with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from new employer responsibility policies and don’t have to pay an assessment if their employees get tax credits through an Exchange? Mr. Romney, 5 months ago you mentioned people that are never going to vote for you, Who Are the 47 Percent?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM
President Obama, you said in 2008 you want to "fundamentally transform the United States of America." Why, how would assess your progress at doing so, and what more about America do you want to "fundamentally transform?"
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Looking at GDP growth in the 12 quarters after a recession, the average since the Great Depression was 15.2%, under Ronald Reagan 18.5%, and under President Obama's policies it was 6.7%. Why should we continue your/President Obama's policies?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Why should we have confidence that Obamacare's more than 150 new Federal agencies, boards and commissions of Federal bureaucrats in Washington can effectively and efficiently control the health care sector in America representing one sixth of the economy?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Obamacare raised taxes by $1 Trillion. Won't that further reduce growth and jobs in an already weak economy?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
You/President Obama ran an ad touting how courageous you were in authorizing the raid that killed Bin Laden because it would have been horrible for you/President Obama if the Seals were killed or captured. Is it appropriate for the Commander in Chef to think first of how he may be affected politically rather than the welfare of the men he sends in harms way?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Wouldn't any president have authorized the raid that killed Bin Laden if presented with good information on his whereabouts?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Is it appropriate for a President or his appointees to tell companies they do not have to comply with the law, the WARN Act, because sending layoff notices before the election may hurt the President's re-election chances? Is it appropriate for the President's appointees to commit taxpayer dollars to defend the companies for breaking the law as the President requests?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Why hasn't the Dem controlled Senate passed a budget as required by Federal law, in three years? I know you/President Obama, are/is busy with Letterman, The View, fundraising and campaigning, but have you had a chance to learn the amount of the U.S. government debt since you last appeared on Letterman? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/oops-obama-cant-%E2%80%98remember%E2%80%99-the-national-debt-number-%E2%80%98precisely-during-letterman-show/
Mary Clare October 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
When President Obama was running for President, he stated that he would heavily tax major corporations that outsourced American jobs to India, China, etc. Obviously that did not happen. What will either candidate do to bring these outsourced jobs back to the US where they belong?
Gregory Brittain October 09, 2012 at 11:46 PM
We live in a global economy. Money can be invested almost anywhere. Business can be conducted almost anywhere. America has to be the best place to invest and to start or expand a business.
Mary Clare October 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
The article stated that we could ask any question we would like an answer to. Although I do understand your reply, Mr. Brittain, I would like the candidates to answer this, which I know will not happen.
LarKat October 10, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Do you think that running for the office of President of the United States gives you the right to say whatever you want, stretch the truth, create facts or outright lie, provided you reach your goal of winning the election? What message do you think this sends voters?
Gregory Brittain October 11, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Why are American business leaders afraid of you and afraid to invest and create jobs? Please see: Steve Wynn, casino owner and developer and a Dem who voted for Obama in 2008 said on October 9: "I'm afraid of the president. I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you Jon that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks." “I've created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada's measurement. If the number is 250,000, that's exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I'll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I'm a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.” “The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money 'billionaires and millionaires who don't pay their share.' I gave 120% of my salary and bonus away last year to charities, as I do most years. I can't stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn't even understand how the economy works.” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/10/09/steve_wynn_on_obama_ill_be_damned_if_ill_have_him_lecture_me.html
Karen Walraven October 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Both candidates say we need to get tougher on China. My question is how? We are in so much debt to China, how could we ?
Gregory Brittain October 12, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Romney will impose trade sanctions on China if they continue manipulating their currency. China also needs the U.S. as an export market so the negotiating leverage is not all with China. Obama has no plan to control the debt and deficits. Romney and the Reps will reducing our dependency on China for deficit financing. As Governor of Mass., Romney balanced every budget without raising taxes.
Anne Moebes October 14, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Governor Romney, You have indicated that the Bush tax cuts need to remain in place to encourage companies to create jobs. However, in the 12 years these cuts have been in place, not only have companies not hired, they have laid off record numbers of people and paid their CEOs record bonuses. Would you be in favor of placing a condition on companies requiring them to hire a certain number of people in order to maintain their tax deduction, and if so, how long would you give companies before you disallowed the deduction? Anne M. Altadena, CA
Anne Moebes October 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Your comment is just further verification to me that Americans want everything instantly. It is going to take investments of the kind Obama is thoughtfully doing to turn around the horrific economy Bush put us in. When do Americans start to look longer term? At what point do Americans understand Obama's "spending" as investments (i.e., much of his "spending" were loans to green businesses and the auto companies, who have or very clearly will pay back with interest). Obama's spending is not mindless. The auto industry is for the first time making cars that compete with Japan (think, Chevy Volt). why? because Obama conditioned their bailout on their doing so. The republicans opposed the bailout. Not only did the bailout save jobs, it more importantly positioned American to compete with Japan, as will his investments in education and green energy. THere is a reason that China leads the world in education; they understand that is how they are going to rule the world economically. You have to spend some money to make money. Isn't that the adage? Romney criticizes "spending" on education. And what about Obama's investments in green energy, which Romney mischaracterizes as money down the drain; there is a reason Saudi Arabia, who sits on over 1/2 of the worlds oil is investing billions of dollars in solar and wind energy. Obama is the first "holistic" visionary in the white house that i can remember. Americans like you are too short-sited to see the future he sees.
Anne Moebes October 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Turning this economy around is going to take investments of the kind Obama is thoughtfully doing to turn around the horrific economy Bush put us in. When do Americans start to look longer term? At what point do Americans understand Obama's "spending" as investments (i.e., much of his "spending" were loans to green businesses and the auto companies, who have or very clearly will pay back with interest). Obama's spending is not mindless. The auto industry is for the first time making cars that compete with Japan (think, Chevy Volt). why? because Obama conditioned their bailout on their doing so. The republicans opposed the bailout. Not only did the bailout save jobs, it more importantly positioned American to compete with Japan, as will his investments in education and green energy. THere is a reason that China leads the world in education; they understand that is how they are going to rule the world economically. You have to spend some money to make money. Isn't that the adage? Romney criticizes "spending" on education. And what about Obama's investments in green energy, which Romney mischaracterizes as money down the drain; there is a reason Saudi Arabia, who sits on over 1/2 of the worlds oil is investing billions of dollars in solar and wind energy. Obama is the first "holistic" visionary in the white house that i can remember. Americans like you are too short-sited to see the future he sees.
Val October 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
What would you do to change the welfare system so that it is a helping hand, as they are looking for employment, not a system that they use instead of looking for employment.
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Obama and Romney. Why not create government jobs? When government jobs will stop companies pick pocketing from the governments main resource, "The American people" example! security companies use the American people to profit money from business who need & want security. Why not create a gov. security job and those profits can be going to cutting our nations debt in half. As i put time to calculate the profits, and math proves just security alone can revenue $2.7 trillion in one year.
danny ray vasquez October 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Obama and Romney. Why not create government jobs? When government jobs will stop companies pick pocketing from the governments main resource, The American People"

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