Patch Is Collecting Questions for Obama, Romney

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!

Joanne Brincat Troup October 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Since Mitt Romney is 65 years old, I wonder if he's receiving Medicare benefits?
Carol Lynn October 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Good question, Joanne!!
Jason Ressler October 08, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Do you feel an atheist in this day and age in America, can have as sound and robust a moral structure as one who practices one of the various modern religions?
Jason Ressler October 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why does Ann secretly want Mitt to lose? Because she'll have to move into a smaller house.
Sandy Radcliffe October 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Ryan's Shrewd Budget Payday Exclusive: The congressman stands to make money from his stakes in four businesses that lease land to energy companies which would benefit from $45 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in his proposed budget. The financial disclosure report Ryan filed with Congress last month and made public this week shows he and his wife, Janna, own stakes in four family companies that lease land in Texas and Oklahoma to the very energy companies that benefit from the tax subsidies in Ryan's budget plan.Ryan's father-in-law, Daniel Little, who runs the companies, told Newsweek and The Daily Beast that the family companies are currently leasing the land for mining and drilling to energy giants such as Chesapeake Energy, Devon, and XTO Energy, a recently acquired subsidiary of ExxonMobil…(Daniel Stone of Newsweek) www.thedailybeast.com - Jun 17, 2011 12:09 AM EDT Is Lyin Ryan going to vote against lining his own pockets with tax cuts to the oil companies???
Sandy Radcliffe October 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
In 2010, Mitt Romney took $3 million in charitable deductions on his tax return, against adjusted gross income of $22 million. $1.5 million was a direct cash donation to the LDS Church $1.5 million was a stock donation to the Romney's private foundation, which is called the Tyler Foundation. Combining the 2009 and 2010 gifts that we know about, the Romneys gave away a total of $2.8 million to third parties (other than the Romney foundation) in 2009 and 2010. Of this, $2.2 million, or 80%, went to the church. Why does Rob-Me donate almost all his money to his CHURCH, WHY DOES HE NOT DONATE TO THE SICK or POOR????
Dee October 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Define character and honesty then explain how you use both traits to set domestic and foreign policy.
Erin October 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Will Romney (or his accountants) file and an amended IRS return for 2011 claiming the FULL charitable donations he retroactively omitted that enabled him to keep a campaign trail promise of never paying below 14% effective rate? (Rate WITH all deductions would have been between 9-10%.) Personally, I don't care about his wealth and tax rate. I DO care that he's been so cagey 1) releasing some only AFTER being goaded into it during the primaries 2) only providing 2 yrs, then requiring10 yrs from VP candidates 3) submitting that skewed 20 yr "summary" of taxes 4) MOSTLY, in so casually manipulating his taxes to acheive the desired headline "Romney paid 14% Tax Rate". This manipulation speaks to character and political leadership style, and THAT worries me. What other kind of data might he be willing to manipulate/fabricate/obfuscate if he were POTUS??
Scot Beaton October 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Will Mitt Romney file to amended 2011 return after the election... Mitt Romney did not claim all of his charitable deductions on his 2011 tax return. This was done to artificially keep his effective tax rate above 13 percent to keep Romney's taxes in line with a claim he made earlier this year that he had never paid less than a 13 percent rate without this deliberate overpayment, he'd have had an estimated tax rate of just 12.2 percent, the lowest he's disclosed for any year. So he's paying 14.1% of his total income in federal taxes this year. But the most cynical part of this ploy? I predict Romney will simply file a revised tax return the day after the election, making his effective tax rate for 2011 just 12.1%. Question, Mitt Romney will you amend your 2011 tax return?
Dee October 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Whether you are a Christian, Mormon, or Catholic are you prayerful when it comes to making the right choices for Americans ?
Dee October 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
How should those that willfully obstruct within Congress be punished along with being voted out?
Amy October 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I'd like to know what Governor Romney thinks of his running mate USING Social Security benefit payments to pay his out of state college tuition. Yes, that's correct... the man that wants to cut Pell grants and Social Security used Social Security himself! Hypocrite!
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Mitt Romney drove his family on a 12 hour run to Canada in 1983 -- and put his dog on the roof, in a dog-carrier. Now, the family swears that poor Seamus LOVED it -- which might even be believeable, it's just like a dog sticking his head out the window and enjoying the fresh air, but more so, right? Except for the REST OF THE STORY. While they were driving, Romney's oldest son Tagg noticed a brown liquid running down the window of the car. That's right, Seamus was making it very clear to the family that he was not enjoying his view perch. But that's still not the weirdest part of the story. Mitt Romney pulled the car over, got a hose, and washed down the car and the dog. Fair enough. But then he put the dog back on the roof and drove the rest of the way!! That's the kind of cold, heartless logic that made Mitt so good at carnivorous capitalism. Now (February 2012) there's a new twist. Romney has always insisted the dog loved riding on top of the car (despite the fact that he defecated himself, and Mrs. Romney told reporters that Seamus "lived to a ripe old age." But the New York Observer reports that two of Romneys' sons told reporters, off the record, that Seamus actually ran away when they got to Canada. The Romney campaign has no comment. Question, Mitt Romney did Seamus actually ran away?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Predatory Capitalism --The most famous example is an office supply company called American Pad and Paper. Romney and Bain Capital bought it from Mead Company, when it had total debts of $11 million. By the time they sold it, the company had $400 million in debt -- and Bain had earned $100 million off the deals, between fees it charged the company for managing it and for buying other companies, and profits from selling the company's stock after they took it public (for yet another fee). Bain was later sued by stockholders for fraud in overstating the value of the company. Question, Mitt Romney is this the way you will manage the federal government?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Medicare Fraud That Made Him Rich -- In 1989, Romney led Bain Capital's purchase of Damon Corp., a medical testing company, and took a seat on the Board of Directors to better manage it. During Romney's four years, Bain tripled its investment, and Romney personally made $473,000 -- while Damon plumped its profits with Medicare fraud (running thousands of medical tests doctors didn't want, and billing Medicare for them). The company pled guilty to crimes committed during his tenure and paid a record fine of $119 million. Company President Joseph Isola pleaded no contest to fraud, and a vice president was also convicted. Romney claims he "uncovered" the fraudulent claims and "took corrective action," but court records show that he did not notify prosecutors or stop the fraudulent billing. He just asked company lawyers what changes they could make to avoid prosecution, after the feds' LABSCAM prosecution targeted a different medical testing firm. The cheating continued, prosecutors say, until the day Bain sold the company to Corning. Furthermore, Damon Corp. was required to list in various SEC filings any significant legal risks it faced. Romney made no mention of the fraud he "uncovered," even though it led to a $119 million fine, the largest in history. Damon Corp. is another Bain acquisition that later went bankrupt, killing over a thousand jobs -- but not before Bain made $7.4 million in profit. Question, Mitt Romney is this the way you will manage our health care?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Mitt Romney's immigration policy -- Mitt Romney makes a big issue of being tough on illegal immigrants. He has pushed for a wall on the Mexican border so hard that Bill O'Reilly offered to call it the "Mitt Romney Memorial Wall." The only problem is, Romney has hired illegal immigrants to tend his gardens for over 10 years. Three illegal immigrants interviewed by the Boston Globe said they have worked on Romney's lawn for years, that he greets them with a "Buenos dias", and that his wife was friendly and often asks how they are. Two were interviewed back in Guatemala, where they have returned. They made $8 to $9 per hour working 11 hour days. "They wanted that house to look really nice," said one worker, now back in Copado, Guatemala. "It took a long time." The other, Rene Alvarez Rosales (now in Suchitepequez, Guatemala) said it cost him about $5,000 to have a smuggler take him across the border. They all work for "Community Lawn Care with a Heart," a small company run by legal Colombian immigrant Ricardo Saenz. Asked about his workers' statements that they were illegal immigrants, Saenz said "What you've heard is not my problem. ... I don't need to tell them to show me documents. I know who they are, and they are legal." When Romney was asked about the workers, he said "Aw geez" and walked away. Question, Mitt Romney what is your immigration policy?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Does Mitt Romney tell the truth? -- In his 2008 presidential campaign, Romney simply lied repeatedly while trying to reinvent himself as a conservative. For example: -- "I have a gun of my own." (Not true. He was talking about a gun one of his grown sons own.) -- "I've been a hunter pretty much my entire life." (He hunted once at 15, and a second time in his late 50s.) -- "I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA." (No - and his Democratic opponent actually had a higher NRA rating) -- "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." (No, they never marched together. They were both in Michigan at the same time once, but Mitt was in France on his mission.) -- "My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit." (even more false...) Question, Mitt Romney should our president always tell the truth?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Mitt Romney's new war with Iran -- Mitt Romney, incredibly, was able to avoid serving in Vietnam because he was on his Mormon mission, driving around the French countryside. (The Mormon church defined missions -- which all good young Mormon men go on -- as a form of priesthood.) In fact, not one of Romney's five sons has served in the military either, despite Mitt arguing for U.S. military involvement in Iran, Syria and elsewhere. Even more outrageously, when he was asked to justify this hypocrisy, Romney claimed that his sons were serving the country by driving Winnebagos around Iowa and campaigning for him. Question, Mitt Romney after your elected president following in the footsteps of George Bush and invade Iran looking for weapons of mass destruction -- should your sons join the military and go?
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Is Barack Obama a Muslim? Educated in Madrassa? Won't Salute the Flag? Fox News ran a story claiming that Obama had been educated in a madrassa school in Indonesia. If you're not familiar with that term, it's a type of fundamentalist Muslim school, often funded by the extremist Wahabi sect of Islam (with Saudi money) and often very anti-American. There was only one problem with the story: it was completely false. Yes, Obama had gone to school in Indonesia as a kid; two schools in fact. One was Catholic, the other was a public school, with teachers and kids of various faiths. The only scandal here is that Fox News ran the story with no facts or reporting backing it up. They simply repeated a story from a highly partisan website, with no effort to check out the school. It's there, still open, and easily visited. Reporters who did so found out that the story was false in minutes. There have been several other stories about Obama floating around in emails -- that he has no birth certificate, was born in Kenya, refuses to put his hand over his heart when saying the pledge of allegiance, that he is secretly Muslim, etc. Question, Barack Obama are you again going to let Mitt Romney bully you, push you around and tell falsehoods to the American voter... or at this debate are you going to call him out on it? Barack... small piece of advice if you don't America will not give you a second term.
Scot Beaton October 09, 2012 at 06:25 AM
typo... run
Erin October 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Gov. Romney: Name one deduction you take on YOUR taxes that you'd be willing to eliminate in a tax reform overhaul?
Erin October 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Gov. Romney: In April 2012, Tennessee followed Louisiana's lead, in passing a law enablng teachers to more easily espouse alternatives to evolution in the classroom (ie Creationism). Do you think states that allow schools to teach Creationism as science are properly preparing their students (and by extension the US) to be competitive in the world economy?
Erin October 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Governor Romney: You’ve mentioned your ability to work in a bipartisan manner in your capacity as governor in a heavily Democratic state of Massachusetts. Explain how you would encourage that same bipartisan spirit within YOUR party as a President Romney, given comments from Republicans such as Tea Party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock:”(May 2012): “I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view”. There’s reason for concern given that during your campaign you’ve shown no capacity to stand up to the “compromise is a dirty word” element of your party.
Daryl Patrishkoff October 15, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I find most of the questions are to Mitt Romney in a very sarcastic way and meet all of the Democratic talking points which have no real value or facts to back them up. I still see no hard questions to our current president on what he has done to improve the situation. I wish this group of people would have asked Obama the same hard loaded questions when he was running for president without any experience and plenty of promises. How about some tough fact based questions for both candidates? Mitt, explain your plan to turn this economy around? Barack, explain your plan to turn this economy around? I have read in detail both plans from each candidate posted on their website. I see one as hard work and sacrifice with all working hard to get back on track. I see the other as the same old promises that did not deliver and further put us in debt that we cannot pay back. There is no money tree, we have to grow our way out of this problem, not spend our way out of this problem. Which candidate is going to have a growth plan? Which candidate is going to have a spending plan that has no deliverables?


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