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Town Hall Debate: Will Voters Ask the Medicare and Social Security Questions Reporters Haven't?

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Mr. President and Gov. Romney: Polls show that most Americans -- including most Republicans and most Tea Party members -- are against cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Will you promise us -- with no ifs, ands, or buts -- that there will be no cuts? Will you raise the payroll tax cap instead and ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share?

If a Commitment Falls in a Coffee Shop and Nobody Hears It, Does It Make a Sound?

The president traded away the Democrats' best issue in the first debate when he said that he and Romney had "essentially the same position" about "tweaking" Social Security. For seniors who rely on these programs, those "tweaks" would feel more like body blows.

Biden says of the GOP, "These guys haven't been big on Medicare from the beginning. And they've always been about (doing for) Social Security as little as you can do."

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He's right. Democrats created both programs. They'vebeen winning elections for 75 years on Social Security, and for 50 years on Medicare. It's time somebody asked the president as his party's leader whether Democrats will "dance with the ones that brung ya" by defending them now.

Tuesday's night's audience will consist of undecided voters, a majority of whom have consistently told pollsters they oppose cutting benefits for these programs. That makes them the perfect folks to ask the questions that our national news media apparently won't.

"Trust your instincts," Biden advises voters. But until the president and Mr. Romney are asked some direct questions, "trust" -- and a couple of quarters -- will buy you a cup of coffee at the Coffee Break Cafe in Stuart, Virginia.

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