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Submit Questions for Obama and Romney to Possibly Answer During 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 this past 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.

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No Name October 08, 2012 at 05:26 AM
A question for both: I think most Americans believe that people deserve the fruits of their labors. Yet since the 70s the gap between the rich and the rest of us is widening both in terms of net wealth and income. This means that we in the middle class are not really getting the fruits of our labors that we deserve. This is a socially and politically dangerous trend. How can these gaps be narrowed and how will you as president advance that?
bob smith October 08, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Question for Gov. Romney: During the period when the Mormon faith officially denied priesthood to African-Americans, did you at any point ever publicly speak out against this policy?
Guest October 08, 2012 at 04:45 PM
This is for either candidate. Everbody keeps talking about giving back to the middle class, well I have went from there to the working poor. I work for the State of Georgia and we have not received a raise going on 6 years and the insurance keeps going up so therefore my paycheck keeps going down. How can we help people if we can't help ourselves. I am a single parent just trying to make it, but how at this rate. More job duties without anymore money and no incentive. What gives. I have to issue out foodstamps and Medicaid when I can't get help for my own family.
Racer X October 09, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Hey Bob, That ban was lifted 34 years ago. Much like Obama and many others, the Mormon church has evolved. Sometimes antiquated rules take time to get changed officially. Heck, up until 1976 there was a law on Missouri's books making it legal to exterminate Mormons, Black or White. Here is a good article about Romney and his faith: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/2012/08/20/9073/ Cheers, Mike
gaDem3001 October 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Gov. Romney: I have Ulcerative Colitis, which is a completely manageable disease with the right treatment and medication. However it will also be a pre-existing condition for the rest of my life and a condition that my children are likely to develop at some point as well. I am not asking for a handout (I've never wanted one) and don't want my healthcare covered by the government, I simply do not want to be discriminated against in terms of having my coverage denied or paying an astronomical amount of money for coverage just because of my condition - President Obama has outlined his plan for people with pre-existing conditions, what is your plan?
Racer X October 09, 2012 at 12:14 PM
President Obama- Why are you stalling on deporting Onyango Obama when you promised he would get no preferential treatment? http://judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/memo-shows-obama-administration-granted-deportation-stay-to-presidents-illegal-alien-uncle-onyango-obama/
Amie Schaeffer October 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
A question for both candidates. I know that each of you have a personal tie to Multiple Sclerosis, a diseases I have been fighting for close to 6 years. In the past few years my medical bills have skyrocketed. How, Mr. President do you explain this in relation to your new healthcare implements, and how can both of you help reign in the high cost for those with chronic illness? As a middle class family with two children we are barely surviving. I am only 33 and unable to work full time. The costs associated with my illness keeps us from ever getting ahead.
Dick Whitson October 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Ask Obama precisely how he intended to "fundamentally change America". Has he done so in his opinion?
Sean Nichols October 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
What is your favorite pizza toppings? Do you feel that importing those toppings and other foods from foreign nations will provide future national security risks?
James October 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
For Governor Romney, The Mormon church actively discriminated against African Americans until 1978, fourteen years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During a time at which you held leadership positions within the church, Black men were denied access to the priesthood (a rite of passage offered to all Mormon males over the age of twelve) and, because of this, the same ability to reach doctrinal salvation. In 1977 specifically, you held the position of Counselor to the President of the Boston Stake. At that time, did you ever openly disagree with this discriminatory policy and, given your position as a counselor, did you ever counsel the president of the Boston Stake against racial inequality? I write this question to you as a self-identified member of the gay community and a former Mormon myself. As you know the church, today, works actively towards a condemnation of homosexuality both within its many branches and through political campaigns against same-sex marriage. I believe that how you might have handled the issue then can give us great insight into how you, as president, would handle the issues of race and sexuality within your own presidency. Thus, I'd like to give you the chance to elaborate on your thoughts and feelings during the time you were a member of the church pre-1978.
James October 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Actually, Mike, the Mormon church actively discriminated against African Americans during a time when Romney held leadership positions within the church- a good 12 years after the civil rights act. The fact that 'churches evolve' has no bearing on the moral character of a man who might rather wait for that evolution outside of himself than lead by example.
Thomas W. Holcomb Jr. October 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Why can't the U.S. be as strong and morally correct as Canada and make it a right to be able to see doctor's and have health care?
concern future retiree October 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
If Romney is going to create 12 million new jobs won't these jobs contribute to Medicare? So why won't this help Medicare remain solvent?
concern future retiree October 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
All workers not in the public job sector have no choice but to contribute to Social Security. Will Romney do away with this and leave all Social Security dollars with the workers so they can choose how they want to spend the thousand of dollars they will keep?
concern future retiree October 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Why are my questions rejected? Is there something I'm not doing correctly?
M.R. Swenson October 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Washington legislators & media perpetuate a false deficit narrative holding that Social Security and Medicare are primary deficit drivers. Social Security is a separate fund, not contributing to the deficit, and health care costs in general are the problem. Question: When are we finally going to talk about improved Medicare-for-All as a primary means to deficit reduction? Eliminating for-profit health insurance and negotiating bulk drug rates would greatly reduce health costs and the deficit.
Maggie Bullard-Marshall October 14, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Do you feel the Department of Veterans Affairs should consider buying goods and services from service disabled veteran owned small businesses first?
Michael October 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM
This is similar to a question asked in the 2008 presidential election. Is it a right or a privilege for everyone,no matter their financial situation, to have the same access to and the same quality of health care as both President Obama and Governor Romeny, without having to choose between paying for health insurance or paying for food, water, and shelter. Do we, as human beigns, all have the right, no matter our circumstance, to fair and equal care, and to not have to worry about unforseeable health concerns causing financial ruin for our families? Michael Indianapolis, Indiana
Debbie Lott October 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Mr. President and Mr. Romney: I know a little bit about the U.S. Government (being a lawyer and all). How would each of you, specifically, make changes to Planned Parenthood, the U.S, Budget and/or the funding of the U.S. Military? I know you can't do these things without the approval of Congress. How do you intend to implement the changes you have promised? Please be specific. Debbie Warrenton, VA

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