North America 5 October 2012 The most important question not asked at the presidential debate "Mr President, if they say 'cut back', will you say 'fight back'?" Print HTML Due to the Labour conference – and it being published well after midnight UK time – we missed this yesterday, but Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal went pretty strong on the one question he wanted asked at Wednesday's presidential debate, which focused on domestic policy. Of course, it flies against prevailing wisdom, so there wasn't actually much hope it would make the cut, but it is still the most important economic question either of the candidates could answer: The next President is likely to face politicians in the House and Senate demanding immediate spending cuts. As Americans sit at home and worry about the durability of the recovery, which one of you can promise to the American people that they don't have to worry about austerity under your watch? The answers would be interesting to hear, that's for sure – especially with that framing. › The #COMETOGETHER exhibition, revolution and the Gulf The candidates during the debate on Wednesday night. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles The free market? There's no such thing Housing associations are under pressure - but we're doing our best Why is the government giving £45m to Roman Abramovich while letting a British steelworks go to the wall?