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3rd Obama-Romney debate

October 22, 2012
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Some words from the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012.

Transcript: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/22/163436694/transcript-3rd-obama-romney-presidential-debate
bayonet
Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — because the nature of our military's changed.
tumult
But what's been happening over the last couple years as we watched this tumult in the Middle East, this rising tide of chaos occur, you see al-Qaida rushing in, you see other jihadist groups rushing in.
drone
And it's widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology.
take-home pay
I want to bring it back and get back good jobs and rising take-home pay.
centrifuge
All of these things suggested, I think, to the Iranian mullahs that, hey, you know, we can keep on pushing along here; we can keep talks going on, but we're just going to keep on spinning centrifuges.
airbrush
Governor Romney, you keep on trying to, you know, airbrush history here.
balanced budget
And then we're going to have to get to a balanced budget.
nuclear weapon
Of course, the greatest threat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon.
bad guy
ROMNEY: Well, my strategy's pretty straightforward, which is to go after the bad guys, to make sure we do our very best to interrupt them, to — to kill them, to take them out of the picture.
rising tide
But what's been happening over the last couple years as we watched this tumult in the Middle East, this rising tide of chaos occur, you see al-Qaida rushing in, you see other jihadist groups rushing in.
time and time again
Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again.
Benghazi
And as a consequence, despite this tragedy, you had tens of thousands of Libyans after the events in Benghazi marching and saying, America's our friend.
al-Qaida
Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals.
food stamp
When you came into office, 32 million people on food stamps — today 47 million people on food stamps.
organizationally
We should have taken a leading role — not militarily, but a leading role organizationally, governmentally, to bring together the parties there to find responsible parties.
governmentally
We should have taken a leading role — not militarily, but a leading role organizationally, governmentally, to bring together the parties there to find responsible parties.
refocus
We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11.
budget cut
But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
make sure
In addition, we're now able to transition out of Afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that Afghans take responsibility for their own security, and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future
incitation
His words amount to genocide incitation.
retrain
And that's what my plan does: Making sure that we're bringing manufacturing back to our shores so that we're creating jobs here, as we've done with the auto industry, not rewarding companies that are shipping jobs overseas; making sure that we've got the
president
And it is a sobering reminder that every president faces at some point an unexpected threat to our national security from abroad.
extremism
We're — we're going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the — the world of Islam and — and other parts of the world reject this radical violent extremism which is — it's really not on the run.
decimate
And as a consequence, al-Qaida's core leadership has been decimated.
FDR
We've changed for the first time since FDR.
military capability
They — they look at our — our decision to — to cut back on our military capabilities — a trillion dollars.
weapon of mass destruction
You said we should have gone into Iraq despite the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
retraining
And that's what my plan does: Making sure that we're bringing manufacturing back to our shores so that we're creating jobs here, as we've done with the auto industry, not rewarding companies that are shipping jobs overseas; making sure that we've got the
heavy weapon
But what we can't do is to simply suggest that, as Governor Romney at times has suggested, that giving heavy weapons, for example, to the Syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long term.
go after
I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
militarily
Now, it is absolutely true that we cannot just beat these challenges militarily, and so what I've done throughout my presidency and will continue to do, is, number one, make sure that these countries are supporting our counterterrorism efforts; num
car company
My dad was head of a car company.
auto company
You were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy.
sequestration
But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
bin Laden
I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
segue
You're going to get a chance to respond to that because that's a perfect segue into our next segment, and that is what is America's role in the world.
nuclear warhead
But Pakistan is important to the region, to the world and to us, because Pakistan has 100 nuclear warheads, and they're rushing to build a lot more.
Middle East
The first segment is the challenge of a changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism.
mobilize
We've mobilized sanctions against that government.
bog down
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, when I came into office, we were still bogged down in Iraq, and Afghanistan had been drifting for a decade.
geopolitical
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaida's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked, what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia — not al-Qaida, you said Russia.
Iran
Of course, the greatest threat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon.
security force
There are now a large number of Afghan security forces, 350,000, that are — are ready to step in to provide security.
Syria
Of course, we see in Syria 30,000 civilians having been killed by the military there.
indict
I'd make sure that Ahmadinejad is indicted under the Genocide Convention.
time zone
Latin America is a huge opportunity for us: time zone, language opportunities.
segment
They have asked me to divide the evening into segments.
Osama bin Laden
I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
nuclear
Tonight's debate, as both of your know, comes on the 50th anniversary of the night that President Kennedy told the world that the Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba — perhaps the closest we've ever come to nuclear war.
interject
SCHIEFFER: Let me interject the second topic question in this segment about the Middle East and so on, and that is, you both mentioned — alluded to this, and that is Syria.

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Tuesday October 30th 2012, 11:16 AM
Comment by: Ankit K.
Country names and phrases don't belong in a vocabulary list.

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