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.

What would Westfielders most like to ask the candidates? 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!

MaryH October 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
firedup49: Thank you for taking the time to comment. Neither you nor I know what the candidates learned in school, and different people often interpret the same words differently (hence, lawyers). My question is a personal question to each man.
MaryH October 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
brad: Thank you for taking the time to comment. I did not claim a direct quote from Mr. Romney, although if you are looking for one, the "47 percent speech" comes pretty close. Several statements that I have read or seen in news clips led me to my conclusion. And he has certainly not outlined in detail a comprehensive program to insure healthcare for the poor.
MaryH October 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Jeff: Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, I'm aware of Mrs. Thatcher and so on. I'm also aware of some very successful "socialist" countries in Scandinavia (not necessarily recommending them). Canada is an interesting case. I have lived there. Having talked with others who lived there more recently, including a banker, I conclude that the reason they did not share our 2008 crash was that they have a very small number of banks, which are very large and are HIGHLY regulated by the government. Canada also introduced a socialist healthcare system some 50 years ago, which does not seem to have made a serious dent in their economic welfare. I believe that it is possible to run both capitalist and socialist governments well, or poorly. The latest Economist (which I've not had time to read in its entirety) suggests that a combination of these approaches would work best to "cure" some problems, including the divergence in wealth in many countries (including ours) and the lack of upward mobiliity that results (that's their main focus this week.) Canada seems to make that "combination" case. When I talk about public employee jobs, I don't mean that none should be cut, any more than you mean to imply (I don't think you do) that no community needs police, firemen, or teachers. I believe no single solution is going to solve our American problems. What makes me despair is when someone touts a scheme as a cure-all when it has been tried in the past and failed.
Brad Schaeffer October 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
What statements led you to your conclusion in particular? I admit his 47% statement is a poor choice of words, but I think he was venting a frustration that many of us feel re: the growth of the entitlement state and, worse, the entitlement mentality that it eventually fosters leading to societal decay. I think it fair to say that Romney knows the difference between a person taking government assistance because they are down on their luck and need a helping hand (as it is intended) and those for whom it is lifestyle and for whom it has become their primary even chosen source of income and sustenance, like those legions of able-bodied 40 and 50 somethings you can see crowding any urban social security office on any day collecting "disability" (which is where a lot of the unemployed have migrated t once their benefits expired by the way). If one wishes to hold Romney to the fire for this misstatement, then it can be argued that Barack Obama mocks those who believe in God (that pesky 85-90% of us) and those who believe in the 2nd Amendment (like those fools Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, et al.) because of his infamous--and also supposedly candid--observation that in times of crisis many in less sophisticated parts of the country "cling to their God and guns." Again, though, what statements in particular lead you to believe that any man would think others desire poverty. Mae West said it best: "I've tried rich, I've tried poor. I like rich better."
Rebecca Scarpati October 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Question to the Presidential Candidates: what is your vision of a peaceful existence on this one and only planet supporting human life and what is your plan to ensure and promote the wisest use of limited global resources - given demand on those traditional, dying resources?


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