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General: If you could ask the Republican presidential candidates one question they haven’t answered so far, what would it be?

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Why should the large number of union members who used to vote Republican for personal reasons (abortion, gun control, etc) continue to vote Republican now that your party has clearly abandoned them and attacked their livelihood? Your anti-educator policies have also alienated many spouses and family members of teachers. They have been vilified by your party and would be fools to continue to support it.

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Victor DiPrampero
BPFT
Bethel Park, PA

What are your plans to audit the fed?

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jeanne devincent
wv
morgantown, WV

Mr. Romney: You know how to create jobs. Wouldn't it be best for the people if you revealed the details of your plan - now?

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Robert Maslanka
WIlliamsville, NY
Williamsville, NY

What specific cuts(programs etc) would you make in the budget to balance it?

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Joan Silverstone
UFT
Old Bethpage, NY

Do you want YOUR CHILDREN to go to schools where there is no art or music program; no talented and gifted program; no budget for supplies and books to provide them with a complete learning experience? How can you claim to be concerned about equal education for all when you refuse to shoulder your proportionally fair part of the tax burden in this distressed economy?! How are teachers supposed to teach when we have kids coming who haven't even had a decent meal or are dealing with the other stresses from this economy on hard pressed working and middle class folks?A CHILD IS MORE THAN A TEST GRADE. YOU WOULDN'T WANT THIS FOR YOUR OWN CHILDREN.

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Christine Sumner
Susquehanna Valley Teachers Association
Endicott, NY

I am a school teacher in Texas. If I worked in any other profession or none at all I would be eligible to claim Social Security on my record or on my husband of 18 years. But Texas school teachers have their SS offset. What will you do to make this equitable?

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Carolyn Parsons
Angleton, TX

Republicans have voted against President Obama's Jobs Bill. Please tell me exactly in specifics how you plan on creating jobs, the timeline to see improvement, and how the bill will make life better for the middle class. How do you plan on bringing jobs back from China? Please tell me why I should believe you.

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Janet Reynolds
NEA
Cape Coral, FL

Why do you want to make life more difficult for seniors who have worked and paid into Social Security and Medicare and try to gut it?

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Kathryn Vauthrin
FBISD
Louisville, KY

Why do you claim to be the best candidate to create jobs in America when in the same breath you say that you will drastically cut government spending? Do you understand that means actually cutting jobs. Isn't that hypocritical?

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Jeff Parenteau
WWTA 1017
West Greenwich, RI

Working people need Health care @ affordable cost. you & your famalies have the best care @ tax payers cost or can afford the very best. and the non working poor also get all the help they need with health care, food stamps etc.@ tax payers cost. as for working people we struggle. do we buy gro. or do we buy meds. we need for health we get NO assistance with anything becuse WE WORK.think about the middle class. we all VOTE.

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Linda Narvaez
CCAFT
Corpus Christi, TX

I worked at a hospital and paid into social security. I now work at a school district and pay into TRS. If I retire from the school district I will only get a percentage of my social security benefit. Will you fix this so that people who have paid into both can get the full benefit they are entitled to?

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T Hilty
Hft2415
Houston, TX

If you say that you listen to all Americans, why do you dismiss the role of unions in the political process of our country when they represent the voice of the working and middle classes?

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Jose' Luna
TFT 250
Holland, OH

When is the, "Grand Old Party," going to confront reality, and serve the interests of the majority of the country? We need a strong Middle Class to have a strong economy, yet all of the verbiage is about weakening the Middle Class and creating a more privileged aristocracy. Remember the lessons of history. We need to grow the economy not pander to the wealthiest few Americans.

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Don Stocker
West Chester, OH

If the main driving force of the US economy is consumer consumption, what direct and specific policies would you implement to get consumers spending again? Keep in mind that they need jobs & income. They may need to borrow for big ticket items (if they have jobs) -How would you encourage/direct banks to help solve these economic issues?

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David Olson
1803 Teachers local
Prior Lake, MN

Will you work for Constitutional amendments that will place term limits on elected officials, Will you work for ELECTED Public Official pensions and Health care that can accumulate or be used ONLY when in Office,Limit Lobbyist control of elected officials??

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Henry Turek
943
Palos Park, IL

If you take us to war in Iran, will your children enlist in the armed services to help fight the war?

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John Hagedorn
NBTO
Holbrook, NY

Would you be able to focus more on internal economy, jobs and US citizen needs? Are you capable to cut down on ($) foreign spending and bring army troops back to their country?

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Aziz elmrini
CUNY
Astoria, NY

As a leader of our country. How do you plan to separate your personal religious beliefs from deciding on the greater good of our country?

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Diane Hollstrom
461
Tacoma, WA

When an entire staff of teachers got fired in Rhode Island for poor test scores, President Obama said he thought that was fine because of the small percentage of students who passed the test. Those same teachers were all re-hired after agreeing to teach at a lower salary. President Obama had nothing to say. What is your response to that kind of manipulation of your fellow human beings?

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Michael Fargey
Guttenberg Federation of Teachers
Guttenberg, NJ

Do you think Private Charter School corporations have the right to come in and reorganize and run failing (F) public schools?

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Vivian Garner
USEP #3600
Hudson, FL

President Obama helped pass a rather extensive healthcare package that serves the majority of Americans. If the Republicans succeed in cutting out part or all of the current healthcare package, what do they propose in its place? I have as yet to hear anything that is specific. Obviously, the old system was not cost effective and was not working. James Brandenburg

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James Brandenburg
AFT
San Antonio, TX

I believe most of the actions taken over the last few years economically were to benefit American business. I would like to see more action toward the "people" as our government is supposed to represent. Will you value the individuals instead of big business? The bail out would have best served individuals who could then have supported business who would have survived. Instead, individuals are daily being minimalized. What will you do to bring this nation back to a "land of the people"? What can I tell my high school students about the future?

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Teresa Eddleman
San Antonio , TX

What is your vision for our youth and what role does education play in achieving that vision?

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Luis Tovar
Edinburg, TX

How are you going to pay back the $2.6 trillion that the gov't. borrowed from the Soc. Sec. fund? If that happens, how long will Soc. Sec. be solvent?

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Rosemarie Bundy
UUP
Syracuse, , NY

I have heard so many answers to the question of how you plan to improve the economy, but none has provided specifics that actually help close the deficit. Would you please answer seriously the question of what you would be willing to cut in order to keep taxes low AND reduce the deficit?

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Robert Brown
Tacoma Education Association
Fircrest, WA

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