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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.

Last Wednesday’s presidential debate left many Benicians with more questions than answers.  If you are one of those with lingering questions, 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.

Benicia Patch readers have until 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 9 to submit their questions.

Don’t wait until Nov. 6 to have a say in this year’s election. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Marnix A. van Ammers October 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Governor Romney, regarding climate change, you have previously stated “there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue … and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.” Some 97–98% of the most published climate researchers say humans are causing global warming. In light of this, do you still believe more debate and investigation is necessary before taking action and if so why?
Dennis Lowry October 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Perhaps the questioner has not heard of the 31,487 American scientists that have signed a petition, including 9,029 with PhDs challenging the hypothesis of human caused global warming. Go to http://www.petitionproject.org/ to see the 12 page peer reviewed document accompanying the request to sign the petition and see the names of those who have signed the petition. Science by its nature is never a closed subject and the efforts of the UN and the IPCC to redistribute the wealth of our nation using the scam of global warming is outrageous.
T. Gunter October 08, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Mr. Romney, 1. Of the 9,029 PhDs that have signed the Global Warming Petition Project, the majority are involved in disciplines that are non-climate science related. Amongst them are such individuals whose expertise are in such things as industrial engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgy, medicine, agricultural science, agricultural science, etc. Based on your own level of understanding of science and the environment, how much weight would you put on the opinions of these individuals, when it come to global warming? 2. Is the notion that the UN is trying to create a New World Order of any concern to you? Or, are you convinced that it is just an unjustified paranoia?
Aaron Nowling October 09, 2012 at 04:28 PM
To Barrack Obama: In reference to you claiming you are a constitutional law professor, are there really 57 states?
Aaron Nowling October 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I am not totally convinced we have a global warming problem. Granted we should be weaned from the dependence on foreign oil and we should be concerned about carbon emissions in our atmosphere, but the real problem is global over population. In the 1970's, the buzz word was ZPG(zero population growth). It seems to me, this is the real issue when you have some 3rd world countries doubling in population every 20 years and infant mortality rates going through the roof. Surely, the resource base cannot double every 20 years and neither can the Earth's ability to sustain this rate of growth. In the United States alone the population has increased from a little over 200 million to over 300 million in 30 years. .
Aaron Nowling October 09, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The earth can only support so much flora and fauna. If exceeded, it will reach a breaking point. So what we need to do is address the term "carrying capacity". See the excerpt below: The environment may be altered by forces within the biotic community, as well as by relationships between organisms and the physical environment. The carrying capacity of an ecosystem is the maximum number of organisms that an area can support on a sustained basis. The density of a population may produce such profound changes in the environment that the environment becomes unsuitable for the survival of that species. For instance, overgrazing of land may make the land unable to support the grazing of animals that lived there. One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen – enough for 18 people per year
Aaron Nowling October 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM
To both presidential candidates: Do you believe in totally revising the tax code in the United States? Our tax code is set up to reward increases in human population growth by having dependent write-offs. This is not only foolish but rewards consumption of resources and cast an enormous tax burden on the ones which have either one or two people in the household. In a recent case in a nearby city, a person received all kinds of accolades from a local newspaper for riding his bicycle to work. The news article went on to state he had a wife and six children. This casts a carbon footprint which is four times what my wife and I have. It casts a carbon footprint eight times that of my son . It consumes educational, recreational, and other governmental resources at a rate of four to eight times the average household consumes. It also gives this person a $32,000 per year dependent tax write-off for his ability to procreate more children than most people. Having a dependent tax deduction is a "Rob Peter to Pay Paul" approach built into our tax code. We need a fair tax-you make the money-you pay the tax. No write off or deductions.
Aaron Nowling October 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
We allow infinite expansion of cemeteries, and run-a-way residential and commercial development on our farm lands. We cannot sustain this type of growth without effecting the Earth's ecology. If we do the quality of life for all animal and plant life including human life will deteriorate. We also need to deal with the hypocrites on global warming who have made millions of dollars prostituting it. We also need to apply the "marble jar theory" to foreigners coming to the United States to be educated. Do not let them stay once their education is completed. Send them back to the native country to help solve their own country's problems. Personally, I am tired of hearing do as I say, not as I do.
Dennis Lowry October 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Why yes Mr Nowling, there are 57 states as follows: The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 nations, most of which are Islamic, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America. Any other questions?

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