Submit Your Questions for Obama and Romney for the Next Presidential Debate

Through a partnership with the Commission on Presidential Debates, Patch is collecting questions for the presidential candidates that 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!

Rico October 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Why do the both of you continue to support the broken "healthcare insurance corporations" as a way of delivering medical care to the citizens ? Don't you think that if we were able to cut out the profiteering insurance middlemen with single payer, that it would save everyone a lot of money, make medical care more affordable and accessible and reign in costs for a lot of unnecessary dangerous tests, scans and pharmaceutical drugs pushed by the private "healthcare" industry ? And, why do they now call insurance healthcare, when what we need is affordable medical care ? Healthcare is personal choice and insurance doesn't cover most of it, the people provide their own healthcare by choice of occupation, location , education, diet, and lifestyle. If someone likes to take risks with their health, then they really do need some kind of insurance and they can afford it. Most healthy people do not need insurance, just affordable medical care (if ever needed). That is what Medicare is for, medical care.
John Ferguson October 08, 2012 at 05:35 AM
How will the next president lead this country out of a state called 'denial'? Denial of the costs and ramifications of global climate change? Denial of the need to reform entitlements and spending soon so we don't bankrupt the next generation of Americans? Denial of the need to fundamentally reform our tax laws to ensure future revenues to pay for the social and military programs that we say we want? How will you bring yourself and your party to tell the people the truth that they don't want to hear - that for the next 50 - 75 years we will need to give more to and get less from our government than we have for the last 50 years?
John Ferguson October 08, 2012 at 05:36 AM
The party's over - the beer is all gone and there's two pieces of pizza left but people keep streaming through the door. Who will tell them the truth?
unknownauthor October 08, 2012 at 05:38 AM
everyone of these questions are stupid--except for the question pertaining to Mitt;s high rise jeans--that was a good one.
unknownauthor October 08, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Ferguson, you make the mistake of falling in love with your own platitudes, Love sick with your own prose, you fail to see the flaws in your own argument, Love is blind after all, but self-love can lead to tragic consequences. Just ask Narcissus.
unknownauthor October 08, 2012 at 05:43 AM
OH DO SHUT UP FERGUSON! And mind you, this comes from a fellow liberal.
Laura October 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Mr. Romney: You have repeatedly referred to Obamacare as a HUGE failure yet it's understood that Obamacare was patterned after a plan you are responsible for and take a lot of credit for it's success in Massachusetts. Why was this plan a success for you yet you call it a failure for Obama and the country?
John Pierce October 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
THE Second Amendment Question we need the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates to Answer! Governor Romney/President Obama or Representative Ryan/Vice President : A divided United States Supreme Court has twice ruled by way of razor thin 5 to 4 votes that the Second Amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” However the 4 dissenting justices in District of Columbia v. Heller stated that “self-defense . . . is not the [Second] Amendment’s concern.” If you are elected and have the occasion to nominate a Supreme Court justice, will you choose a nominee who believes that the Second Amendment is concerned with the individual right of self-defense, or one who believes that self-defense is not the Second Amendment’s concern?
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Dear Mr. Romney. You stated that you were a "severe conservative governeror" when Governor of Massachusetts, and thus, you claim that you are for limited government. Yet, you approved an expansion of government with the state's health care reform? Also, your current tax plan proposal calls for a defense expansion of $2 trillion, which would give us the biggest military in the history of this country - and thus another huge government expansion for which there is not enough revenue to cover it. Both of these fly in the face of trying to understand who you are and what your values are - isn't this just pandering to the necessary people to try and get votes? Also, while Gov of Mass you were on record for gun control (and even agreed to a ban on assault weapons), now you are not just to get the endorsement of the NRA. Same question, what are your core values?
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Dear Mr. Romney. Today you stated that President Obama never signed any Free Trade agreements - yet he actually did several including with one of our largest trading partners - South Korea. You also stated that the 2008 Presidential Debates had no mention of terrorism as a subject, yet the record shows that all candidates, McCain, Obama, Palin, Biden, all talked about this. Are you just forgetful, or are you purposefully not telling the truth to make some electoral points?
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Excellent points.
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 03:03 AM
To Both Candidates: Would you consider a change to the health care plan for elected Federal politicians that they CANNOT be guaranteed health care for life. That is, unless a fully national single payer or public option program is implemented, why not give politicians the same deal as private citizens once they leave office, or leave their job - they have the opportunity to continue for 18months with Cobra (and paying for it) then they are on their own. This would save likely $milllions to the Federal budget. Again, this is for both President Obama and Mr. Romney.
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Dear Mr. Romney. Your vice presidential partner, Mr. Ryan described (on the record) Social Security as a "collectivist" system taken after the defination that his favorite author indicated was a term for "communism." Do you believe that our Social Security system is in effect, a communist program?
DavethePragmatist October 09, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Dear Mr. Romney- You said today that our foreign policy strategy cannot be just stated in terms of "hope". Yet, you are caught on camera on the record, with the same audience that you made the 47% statement saying that we can only "hope" that the long term works out with foreign policy in tough places like the middle east. Were you wrong again? Or was this just not being eloquent again.
Joe Ann Hancock October 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
This question is for both Mr Obama and Mr Romney. I have heard a lot of what will be done for the middle class, the poor, the rich, but nothing about senior citizens. I am talking about anyone who is 55 and up. I am a woman, 62 years old and I do not have a college degree. I was laid off 17 months ago, and can not find work in the field of accounting which I have worked in for 30 years because I do not have a degree. Would it be possible to give some sort of tax break to companies who hire over 55?
Dennis More October 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
For all that think Romney won a debate by telling more lies.You need help,If this man would ever become president(God I pray that this never come to pass),the nation will suffer like it have not ever seen in its history.God will not honor the work of an Anti-Christ evil man like Mitt Romney.
Christopher Shumway October 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
For President Obama: Your administration has consistently sought to dump military retirees on employer based healthcare plans by raising TRICARE premiums to the point where they are unaffordable. Your position is that the military healthcare program is unsustainable in its current form. How do you plan to provide unearned health care benefits for the entire nation, if you can’t even keep the nation’s promise to a relatively small group of middle class military retirees who have earned their healthcare benefits with 20+ years of service to our nation?
Steven Norwin October 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
John, the liberals live in a fantasy world. Instead of stepping up to the plate and seeing what they can do for their country they expect hand outs .....They think the one percent owe them. So eagar to spend others hard earned income yet too cheap to donate their own money to a local cause. Marin county is full of them! They live in La La Land.
Steven Norwin October 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
John, sadly liberals live in a fantasy world. Instead of stepping up to the plate and seeing what they can do for their country they expect government to subsidize their lifestyle .....They think the one percent owe them. So eagar to spend others hard earned income yet too cheap to donate their own money to a local cause. Marin county is full of them! They live in La La Land.
Steven Norwin October 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
You are stupid and ignorant, Robert.
Steven Norwin October 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Dennis, You need help if you believe Obama's lies and dirty politics. Gimme, gimme, gimme is all you people care about. Time for everyone to start giving back to America!
Jack October 12, 2012 at 12:52 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.
anisa October 12, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Governor Romney. You said the following back in 2002: "When asked, will I preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, I give an unequivocal answer: 'Yes' ... I do not take the position of a pro-life candidate. … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's." With this in mind, what has changed since then and why, I, as a woman should no longer have a choice based on my beliefs? Thank you. Anisa K. (Arizona)
Gail MT October 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Health Care: My employer pays $200 of the group health care insurance provided and I pay the rest of the cost which was $200 as well. In August my health care jumped $200 because I turned 55. When the health care contract was submitted to my employer it just stated that the cost would increase for those turning 55 but it did not say how much. Why is it legal for health care not to mention how much their rates are going to increase when presenting their contracts to potential buyers? You don't buy a house or a car without knowing the full amount of cost increases. This appears to be a loop hole in the health care insurance and what are you Mr. President and Governor Romney going to do to fix this loop hole. Good luck to both. Gail MT
Skeptical Old Fart October 13, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Is there ANY chance that a debate managed by Fox News would let a really hard question for Mitt Romney through their filters?
Skeptical Old Fart October 13, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Here goes anyway, Governor Romney, you refuse to give us any details of your budget plan on the grounds that you want to make it a bipartisan effort. Please tell us exactly what you would do if you had perfect cooperation from Congress.
Just Bob October 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
President Obama, I do not believe the average American is aware of the amount of Executive Orders you have endorsed since becoming President. Please explain to the American People why you have issued 923 Executive Orders since becoming President, when all Presidents combined since President Teddy Roosevelt have issued a total of 121 Executive Orders. You owe the American People an explanation, because many of your orders infringe on the Freedom of "We the People".
John Repicci October 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Mr Romney it is obvious that President Obama will bring up your financial status in a negative way at the next debate. I would suggest considering the following response: Mr President there is no need for me to apologize for my financial status. In comparison, you had no financial credit in the past, none at present and none for the future. In order to further your political career, you are borrowing money from China using your grandfather's credit.
Mark Burnham October 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Mr President. Considering your support of the Occupy Wall Street movement and your 2008 campaign promise to rein in Wall Street forces and their risky practices that you claim forced us in to a near depression.. why is it that you are not pushing for the prosecution of MF Global CEO Jon Corzine? Corzine, the former Dem Gov of NJ, CEO of Goldman Sachs, and one of your largest donors during the 2008 campaign led his company in to bankruptcy by misappropriating client funds.. $1.2 billion of which are still missing. Please comment on how your relationship with Corzine allows him to avoid prosecution for illegally using client funds and causing the 7th biggest corporate bankruptcy in our nations history? Mr. President, a follow up question: It is widely known that you were strongly considering appointing Corzine to replace Tim Geithner as our Treasury Secretary. Your VP called Corzine "the smartest guy I know in terms of the economy". Considering your close ties to Corzine, the millions of dollars he brought to your election campaign, and your administration's belief that he was at the "top" of your list to esnure the financial security of the United States .. does it not give the country pause to trust your honesty and judgement as to the direction and leadership of our economy?
Ian Mc October 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM
One of you wants to use our tax dollars to subsidize the banks and autos while the other wants to use our tax dollars to subsidize the oil and coal industry. Given those two economic policies, can either of you tell me what the difference is? Does it matter if we subsidize company A, or company B? Isn't corporate welfare, corporate welfare? Thank you, Ian McDougal Colorado


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