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If the first presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance for the two candidates to address the issues that most matter to you.

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Dr William Fenstermaker October 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
There are many thousands of elderly Americans with cognitive impairments from ailments such as Alzheimer’s, and with no family to help them with things like filling out forms. Do you really expect all of these people to be capable of making decisions about which medical coverage plan is best for them? Don’t you see your Medicare plan providing an opportunity for insurance companies to take advantage of citizens with decreased mental capacity in their old age? If the candidate’s response includes something about “choosing to stay with traditional Medicare” then the obvious follow-up question should be, “Would you then recommend that everyone should elect traditional Medicare just in case they might become senile as they get older?”
David Patterson October 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I recently researced the GAO record books to see how the various administrations actually performed with regard to deficits over the years. To my shock and surprise, I found that it is actually a matter of historical record, that since FDR, virtually every Republican administration has started their terms, when inherited from a Democratic administration, with decreasing deficits but ended their terms with a growing (sometimes huge) deficits. On the other hand Democratic administrations, have almost always inherited an increasing deficit but ended their terms by at least reversing the trend with decreasing deficits. These are the facts, with the starkest example being that of the achievement of an actual surplus towards the end of the Clinton administration that was subsequently followed by the market crash in 2008 at the end of 8 years of almost total Republican control of the federal government. That being the case, why is there this myth that the Republican party is better and more responsible at managing the economy when the historical records of fact, CLEARLY indicates the opposite is true ?
S. Carroll October 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I'd like the presidential candidates to address this; Presently interest on a mortgage is a tax deductible item. I understand this deduction was created to encourage homeownership. Do you believe this deduction is necessary to encourage homeownership while interest rates are so low? Should this deduction be eliminated? Why should there exist a distinction in applicable tax rates when money is earned via manual labor v.s. intellectually via investments? Are not both a needed investment in our economy, both bearing the risk of layoffs and/or bankruptcy? In Economics there is much said about supply and demand driving price and where there is great demand in relation to supply, this will drive up the price which will encourage investment in supply. What do you think is more critical to our free enterprise economy, healthy demand or investors flush with money waiting for demand?
Michael Shiozaki October 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Should Congress change or repeal the laws governing the Roth IRA and Roth 401(k) in order to collect more tax revenue with which to help reduce the national debt and deficits?
Vote for Mitt October 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
My question is on Obamacare. I know an elderly woman who has been released from the hospital, she was being treated for congestive heart failure. The hospital told her that she could not be re-admitted to the hospital with the same issue within 30 days because medicare would not pay for it. When she asked why, they said Obamacare. Why would you Mr. President take away medicare benefits for those seniors who have worked all their lives and paid in to the government their fair share??? This is a disgrace!
Vote for Mitt October 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Would you, Mr. President, place your family on Obamacare, so that a board can choose what treatments/medical care you may have?
Sport Man October 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The president has always had someone else answer this question for him. I have never heard him say it..The question is.. Mr. President, in what country were you born? He has had people post photos of birth records but I would love to see if he will be honest about this question or brush you off by saying it is a stupid question,as all of the democrates have done when asked this question. Myself as well as millions and millions of americans would love to see him answer the question.
Melvin October 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
There are many restaurants that pay their employees $2.50 per hour which is below the national minimum wage and they justify it by saying that tips make up the difference. Do you think it is fair? Would you pass legislation to stop this unfair act?
Patricia Ryan October 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
In these lean times, those of us with means have been asked to donate more money to charity and to volunteer more time to those in need. This is an issue very dear to me; I previously served as volunteer coordinator at my church in Houston. President Obama, you chose to work as a community organizer for a large group of under-served population instead of migrating to Wall Street like many of the Harvard law school graduates; and your mother certainly lived a life of austerity while serving humanity. Mr. Romney has given all his large charitable contributions to one organization - the Mormon Church and he did his missionary work in France on behalf of the Mormon Church. I believe in the "big tent" approach to politics, to charity, to life in general. Can each of you please address how you look at charity through the eyes of your faith?
Joe G October 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I think that healthcare in our country is getting out of control. I believe in limited government, but also believe that insurance and drug companies are a monopoly and need reform. I have the following questions. 1. Why does the president believe that the health care bill will solve health care in our country? 2. What is Mr. Romney's stance in our health care system and what would he do differenly? 3. The president has a strong believe that the top 1-2% will pay for the health care, along with other programs. Can the president explain how 2% will pay for the other 98%? I'm not a math expert but don't see how this works. Also explain why the maximum pre-tax medical spending accounts are capped at $2,500 in 2013 when the average out of pocket cost is $3,500-$5,000? How is this helping the middle class, this is a form of taxation to pay for a bill that was forced upon the American people. Can you please explain why this change occurred? 4. What do each of the candidates believe the role of government should be? 5. Do the candidates believe that in order to receive government assistance those people should have paid into the system (I.e. taxes)? Should be drug tested? Should they be required to have gainful employment? Thank you!
Thomas J. Kerekes October 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
As a partial solution, besides the obvious cost controls and reductions, to both Social Security and Medicare why can't the payroll limit of $110K be removed as a first step there by increasing the contributions made to Social Security. Than up the Medicare portion of the contribution percentage by 1% and reduce SS by 1%? A great percentage of workers never earn $110K. The ones that due will never even feel the additional dollars removed from there pay! Let the experts fine tune the percentages to effect both programs correctly. Thanks - Tom Kerekes Estero, FL
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I want to know why if the Democratic Party is the ONLY Party who has lowered the deficit since Carter Why don't you use that to just say to Republicans that they have NOT attacked the deficit in more than 50 years. This is something that I feel will re-direct to some other lie.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
His Mother is white his grandparents are white and he was raised by WHITE people. This President was born in Hawaii and HE SAID it over, and over and over again. My question is most of America came from another country and African Americans were dragged here, American Indians were stolen from and in all honesty who is a real American. The American Indians were here. They were NOT lost or needed the help of anyone. Google and you will see he has said it over, and over and over again.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Read. There is NO board. One of Mitt's lies again. My grandchildren are in college and able to go on their parents health care until 26. I love the Health Care Plan. And . . . he already said he would. Google and see.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
They lied. It has not gone into affect for the elderly. They didn't want her there or she lied to you.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
YOU TOO. My friend emailed me that information. The Republicans LIE and unfortunately the Democratic Party don't TOOT their horn. Isn't that amazing. I wish President will mention that tonight. All he has to say is honestly Mitt we have lowered the deficit and since I have been in office I have lowered the deficit by . . . We have to tell the TRUTH and get this guy where he is. My friend from Mass also said he did not work with the Democratic party. Check it out. He vetoed everything almost that they gave. He also would not allow others to use his elevator and distanced himself like he was a King or something that's why he was a one term president.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Read. The Health Care plan does not touch Medicare. period!!!!! I called my insurance plan Blue Cross, Blue Shield and they told me I can keep everything like it is with Medicare NOTHING affects my plan.
Jackie Thornton October 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If you don't make more than $250,000 YOU as an individual, you will NOT be touched. I am a small business owner. READ!!! After business expenses if you earn $250,000 then you pay more. period
Dustin Simoni October 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
For President Obama: During the last 4 years, while you have temporarily reduced taxes to nearly all US citizens, you have positioned several tax increases to the middle class coming in the next several years. 1. Your Affordable HealthCare Act individual mandate was deemed by SCOTUS to be a tax and goes into effect in 2014 2. You signed a bill letting payroll taxes increase 2% 3. You signed a bill that, right now, raises income taxes on all US citizens at the end of this year. As a result of your actions, or inactions, ALL Americans will see less take home pay in their paychecks at the end of your current term. If re-elected, how do you plan to make American better after you leave office when you failed to do so in your first term?
Anne H. Klenke October 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
For Romney: You seem dismissive of the importance of climate change. Since the beginning of human recorded history, up until the beginning of the 18th century Industrial Revolution, CO2 measured 225 parts per million. Now it is 392 parts per million...the highest level since the age of the dinosaurs. Climate scientists talk about the "tipping point" and the upper safe zone for CO2 being 350 ppm. Do you feel that climate change policy is something that should be part of our government's agenda?
Anne H. Klenke October 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Made a mistake on the above question from Anne H. Klenke. "225 parts per million" should be "275 parts per million"
Diane W October 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A Concerned Former Civil Rights Activist Dear Mr. Romney, It seems that the most radical members of your party are focused on doing away with many of the minority voter rights that Civil Rights Activist fought so hard to receive. If elected into office will you stand up for the rights of every American and fight against voter suppression?
Richard Rodriguez October 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Since 9-11-2001 our country has been at war in several foreign countries. George W. Bush declared he was a "War President" with "war on (his) mind". Do you consider yourself a war president and will you continue to keep us in a war of some kind during your tenure, if elected/re-elected as president?
Richard Rodriguez October 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
For Mitt Romney: Paul Ryan voted against the equal pay bill for women. Why would you choose a running mate who does not believe in equal pay for women and do you share the same view?
Carley Nasis October 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Gov. Romney, Can you please explain the difference between your stance of wanting "small government", in regards to government not making the decisions for the people regarding business and benefits etc. verses your stance on government being able to make decisions for the American people's individual rights based on your own religous beliefs? Wouldn't small government mean allowing the American people to make their own decisions regarding individual rights such as freedom of religion, pro choice, and same sex marriage, and not allowing the government to take away those rights from others who do not practice the same beliefs as the governing body?
Janice and Cheryl Hobson October 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
For the President: In looking toward retirement in a few years, you keep saying that Social Security is near bankrupt. If that is the case then why did your administration inact the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which reduced the employee's contribution to Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%. Didn't that add to the defecit? I don't understand the logic. Are you trying to fully bankrupt Social Security?
Sara Joy October 16, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Pepperoni or sausage?
Steven Bennett October 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Gov. Romney: You keep referring to "small businesses" as the unemployment issue. I am a victim of the practice of outsourcing to India by multi-national corporations, after buying up American companies. I was laid off from my white collar job 4 years ago, and have not found employment since (I am in my 60's and now on Social Security). How would you deal with the increasing abundance of losing jobs through outrsourcing by these global corporations with headquarters outside of the United States?
Gracy Duraes Mantoan October 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM
How about imigration law reform? When is this important issue going to be tackled?
Ginger October 17, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I've been paying into the system for 40+ years,I do not qualify 4 healthcare! I'm too young to qualify for Medicare. Single Women no children under 18-no healthcare! Why? What will change to make this happen?

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