What One Question Would You Ask the Presidential Candidates?

What if you had the chance to deliver one questions to the candidates?

Tuesday night's town hall presidential debate at Hofstra University differs from the others in that it delineates a more limited role for the debate moderator.

Instead, questions aimed at President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will be driven by audience members, mostly undecided voters who live on Long Island

Patch wants to know if you had the opportunity to ask the candidates one question - what would it be?

Full Day One Coverage of the Hofstra Debate:

Preliator October 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I would ask the President why he lied to the American people for over a week about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi.
Underdog October 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
And this month's "Timing is Everything" Award goes to SecState Hillary Clinton, who waited over a month, until the eve of the 2nd debate, to "take responsibility" for the Benghazi embassy debacle. Gee... you don't suppose she's trying to defuse the questions and deflect heat about Libya from the President, do you? Mind you, she also didn't exactly say she was to blame either. Employing the "It's Somebody Else's Fault" technique that has become a hallmark of this administration, she chose to throw "security professionals" under the bus as the ones who made the decisions to reduce security in Libya before the attack on the consulate, even as violence worsened. Funny, I always understood that the "professionals" in an organization made recommendations and the "boss" ultimately made the decisions. I guess the new motto in the White House is "The Buck Stops THERE"... Harry Truman must be spinning in his grave. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19958739
Dawn October 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I would ask when and what they plan to do with oil speculation which is playing a large part in the destruction of our economy and crippling the middle class.
old timer October 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I would ask the President Where he gets the magic pixie dust that he uses to sprinkle on the people that makes them blind to his incompetence and anti American policies.
S.B. Bonacker October 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
One simple question, Mr. Obama: are you Pro-Arab? Please answer with a "yes" or "no".
Preliator October 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Once again Hillary Clinton has to provide cover for a President who is in trouble. What a loyal and submissive woman to completely humiliate herself on the world stage...again.
Preliator October 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Mr. President why is it you know more about a dispute between the judges on American Idol and less about the security issues affecting our diplomats in Libya?
Jaguar-Guy October 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Obama - Since you failed to keep your promise of cutting the deficit in half in your first term, how do you plan on cutting the deficit in your 2nd term, when you have no plan to do so ???
Joe Blow October 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What is each President's definition of "middle class?" Given that the cost of living is vastly different throughout the country, "middle class" certainly could be interpreted differently and subsequently have different impacts on those individuals and more specifically, who would get my vote.
S.B. Bonacker October 16, 2012 at 04:07 PM
And further to that Mr. President......why is it you have so much time to make TV appearances on all these morning "chick" TV talk shows, but you have no time to address the nation on TV and explain to us what happened with the terrorist attack against our embassy in Libya?
leslie October 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Why can't they tell the TRUTH? Not their truth the REAL TRUTH about everything!!!!!Have a candidate actually tell the truth would be a miracle and then the President we would vote for would be HONEST from the start!!!!
Bob Bittner October 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The "sword" is not wide enough to cleanse all the blame. The question to the Presdient should be, with 9.11 looming and all the violence in Libya since May of this year why didn't you place all Mid East Embassies on HIGH ALERT and prior to 9.11 ensure adequate security and actions plans in place in those Embassies if the need arose?
Preliator October 16, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Mr. President why is it that you have time to appear on the David Letterman Show yet you do not have time to meet with other world leaders such as Benjamin Netanyahu and discuss the growing threat of Iran?
Jaguar-Guy October 16, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Mr. President - while on Letterman, you said you "did not know what our National Debt is". Do you have any clue what it is now ??
Erin Schultz October 16, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Robin Radich Klotz said via North Fork Patch Facebook page: "I would really like to have an unbiased moderator and a third party added to the debates. I would ask questions on The Federal Reserve, economy, unemployment, NDAA, FDA, EPA, TSA, NDRP, sopa, Data Mining, Pipa, ending all these unconstitutional wars, DARPA, Foreign aid, HR347, tarp, Nato membership, fema, use of Executive Orders: Monsonto, Mars Candy, Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs and other corporations government takeovers and operations. Something substantial, Specifics not just promises."
dave allison October 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Its discouraging to realize that millions of Americans actually believe Obama. Hillary has nothing to lose, her career is over except for an ambassador position, so she takes the blame for Obama, and he lies about it.
Jim October 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
roni or sausage? free pizza for life coming my way or the 15,600 lump sum from pizza hut.
Jaguar-Guy October 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
She fell on the sword for him as her last act of a loyal person, and her polling will never be higher when she runs for President. She probably said, "I'll sack-up since you are not man enough to do it yourself Barack". If he throws her under the bus, he'll be despised by Americans.
old timer October 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
If you read Hillary s response she states that there are over 275 embassies and One man cant know whats going on in each of these. OK lets break that down. Every president before Barack Obama made it a point to attend a daily national security briefing where they were kept abreast of important security issues. Obama chose to NOT attend these briefings. In the 3 1/2 years he's been in office he's attended less then 60 out of over 1000 of these meetings. And they want to claim it's ok he's not aware. That still does nothing for the fact that ( And now we all know) he was fully aware it was a terrorist attack at the embassy on 9-11. Obama and his entire staff lied to the American people claiming it was all because of a stupid youtube video because otherwise it tarnished his terrorism record before the election. And one last note How come it's ok to claim he cant be responsible for the failed security at the embassy yet he can take full and sole responsibility for killy Bin Laden. Wake up America your acting like blind sheep.
Albert Anderson October 17, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Who is going to stop the practice of having our military act as poliemen of the world and our lives lost because of this?
Barbara October 17, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Why can't we get straight answers. These two men need to have the facts outlined and analysed. WHAT AND HOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET our country out of debt and increase jobs. Wecannot spend and spend and spend.....
Harriet Brown October 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I would ask how my Medicare Advantage plan would be effected by Obama care.
Catherine Selem Black October 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
All lies, lies and lies!!
Steve Birkeland October 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Would both candidates agree to eliminating the electoral college and the Senate "super majority" rule?
Steve Birkeland October 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Those supporting "smaller gov't"; Would you support eliminating the Senate?
Carl Zukoski October 29, 2012 at 04:11 PM
....Only mentally challenged individuals would vote for a socialist dictator.......
North Fork Bob October 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Willard why is Mormonism considered a religion and not a cult?
Bob H November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I would ask either one HOW are they going to avoid the finanicial Cliff??
Preliator November 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I would ask you to watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHsb17MRAj8&feature=related


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