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Your Turn: Presidential Debate Topics

What issues would you like to see discussed during tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney?

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney will discuss domestic policy, the economy and more during tonight's presidential debate.

In the past week, Patch has asked Northern Virginia residents to weigh in on important issues they'd like to see the candidates discuss. Northern Virginia business owners told Patch they want to hear more about small business development, small business loans, and healthcare among other issues.

Danielle Romanetti, who opened a small business in Alexandria in 2009, told Patch, "I have impeccable credit and I couldn't get a bank loan. ... The key to economic growth is through small businesses, but if you can't open your small business because you can't get a loan, I guess that means that only the wealthy can open new businesses. That needs to change."

Sequestration is another top issue affecting Northern Virginia residents. The fiscal cliff and possible sequestration and other defense cuts could hit Northern Virginia's defense contractors and overall economy hard.

Now it's your turn. 

What issues would you like to see discussed during tonight's first presidential debate? Are you concerned about middle class taxes? Business regulations? Job creation? Transportation? 

Patch editors from Arlington and Alexandria will be at the watch party at Busboys & Poets in the Shirlington neighborhood in Arlington from 8 to 11 p.m. Come by for a chance at Patch tote bags, water bottles or other swag — and free food and drinks while supplies last. Regular food and drink service will also be available at the restaurant.

Lindsay October 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Mr. Romney has said that one reason big American companies are doing well is that they know how to avoid taxes by moving their money offshore to tax havens. By doing this, however, big companies out-compete smaller businesses (which can't use tax havens) based on a factor that has nothing to do with real productivity. Given that the small businesses are often the innovators and job creators, does he view these tax avoidance strategies as beneficial or harmful to the US economy and the US treasury?
Watts October 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Health care! I have never seen two people further apart on their beliefs about the future of health care in this country. Oh, hold on...I thought that you were talking about a Romney and Ryan debate.
Lindsay October 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM
ZING!
earl flanagan October 05, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Emailed to me on the 4th after the debate.

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