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2nd Obama-Romney debate

October 17, 2012
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Some words from the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney at Hofstra University, Oct. 16, 2012.

Transcript: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82484.html
pocketbook issue
That's a pocketbook issue for women and families all across the country.
risk taker
I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk takers being rewarded.
sketchy
If somebody came to you, Governor, with a plan that said, here, I want to spend $7 or $8 trillion, and then we're going to pay for it, but we can't tell you until after the election how we're going to do it, you wouldn't take such a sketchy deal.
automatic weapon
Part of it is seeing if we can get automatic weapons that kill folks in amazing numbers out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
food stamp
How about food stamps?
drug lord
Which was a program under this administration, and how it worked exactly I think we don't know precisely, where thousands of automatic, and AK-47 type weapons were — were given to people that ultimately gave them to — to drug lords.
tax advantage
I want to close loopholes that allow companies to deduct expenses when they move to China; that allow them to profit offshore and not have to get taxed, so they have tax advantages offshore.
capital gain
But your rate comes down and the burden also comes down on you for one more reason, and that is every middle-income taxpayer no longer will pay any tax on interest, dividends or capital gains.
smart as a whip
She never got a college education, even though she was smart as a whip.
Benghazi
QUESTION: We were sitting around, talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans.
insurance premium
Health insurance premiums, up $2,500.
take office
We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office.
college level
And without a college level job, that's just unacceptable.
green card
QUESTION: Mr. Romney, what do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?
make sure
We have to make sure that we make it easier for kids to afford college.
tax rate
You can make a lot of money and pay lower tax rates than somebody who makes a lot less.
outsource
When he talks about getting tough on China, keep in mind that Governor Romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing to China, and is currently investing in countries — in companies that are building surveillance equipment for Chin
reelect
If the president were reelected, we'd go to almost $20 trillion of national debt.
tax break
You can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it.
spending cut
But what I've also said is, if we're serious about reducing the deficit, if this is genuinely a moral obligation to the next generation, then in addition to some tough spending cuts, we've also got to make sure that the wealthy do a little bit more
contraceptive
In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured.
retrain
And the fact that you're going to college is great, but I want everybody to get a great education and we've worked hard to make sure that student loans are available for folks like you, but I also want to make sure that community colleges are offering slo
skilled worker
And in fact, employers are looking for skilled workers.
deduction
QUESTION: Governor Romney, you have stated that if you're elected president, you would plan to reduce the tax rates for all the tax brackets and that you would work with the Congress to eliminate some deductions in order to make up for the loss in
job
I can't find a job.
tax cut
And I want to continue those tax cuts for middle-class families, and for small business.
inaudible
ROMNEY: So how much did you cut ( inaudible)?
oil production
We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years.
balanced budget
I want to get us on track to a balanced budget, and I'm going to reduce the tax burden on middle income families.
add up
If somebody came to you, Governor, with a plan that said, here, I want to spend $7 or $8 trillion, and then we're going to pay for it, but we can't tell you until maybe after the election how we're going to do it, you wouldn't take such a sketchy deal and
manipulator
China has been a currency manipulator for years and years and years.
terrorist act
ROMNEY: It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a terrorist group.
call into question
And this calls into question the president's whole policy in the Middle East.
timekeeper
OBAMA: I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here.
misplace
But we had been digging our way out of policies that were misplaced and focused on the top doing very well and middle class folks not doing well.
parenthood
We haven't heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that.
blind trust
Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust.
illegally
Those who've come here illegally take their place.
governor
We will set aside that agreement just this once to welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
debunk
Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?
undocumented
Number two, we do have to deal with our border so we put more border patrol on the — any time in history and the flow of undocumented works across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years.
glass ceiling
And she worked her way up to become a vice president of a local bank, but she hit the glass ceiling.
tax bracket
QUESTION: Governor Romney, you have stated that if you're elected president, you would plan to reduce the tax rates for all the tax brackets and that you would work with the Congress to eliminate some deductions in order to make up for the loss in
community college
And the fact that you're going to college is great, but I want everybody to get a great education and we've worked hard to make sure that student loans are available for folks like you, but I also want to make sure that community colleges are offer
administratively
And that's what I've done administratively.
president
When you come out in 2014, I presume I'm going to be president.
tax
I want to do that in industries, not just in Detroit, but all across the country and that means we change our tax code so we're giving incentives to companies that are investing here in the United States and creating jobs here.
trillion
Along with what he also wants to do in terms of eliminating the estate tax, along what he wants to do in terms of corporates, changes in the tax code, it costs about $5 trillion.
accredit
People around the world with accredited degrees in science and math get a green card stapled to their diploma, come to the U.S. of A. We should make sure our legal system works.
middle class
That's what's been squeezing middle class families.

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