2nd Obama-Romney debate

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
definitions & notes only words
  1. pocketbook issue
    an issue whose settlement will affect financial resources
    That's a pocketbook issue for women and families all across the country.
  2. risk taker
    someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
    I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk takers being rewarded.
  3. sketchy
    giving only major points; lacking completeness
    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.
  4. automatic weapon
    a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released
    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.
  5. food stamp
    a government-issued stamp that can be used in exchange for food
    How about food stamps?
  6. drug lord
    a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs
    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.
  7. tax advantage
    an advantage bestowed by legislation that reduces a tax on some preferred activity
    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.
  8. capital gain
    the amount by which the selling price of an asset exceeds the purchase price; the gain is realized when the asset is sold
    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.
  9. smart as a whip
    having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence
    She never got a college education, even though she was smart as a whip.
  10. Benghazi
    port in northern Libya on the Gulf of Sidra
    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.
  11. insurance premium
    payment for insurance
    Health insurance premiums, up $2,500.
  12. take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
    We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office.
  13. college level
    the level of education that college students are assumed to have attained
    And without a college level job, that's just unacceptable.
  14. green card
    a card that identifies the bearer as an alien with permanent resident status in the United States
    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?
  15. make sure
    make a point of doing something
    We have to make sure that we make it easier for kids to afford college.
  16. tax rate
    rate used to calculate tax liability
    You can make a lot of money and pay lower tax rates than somebody who makes a lot less.
  17. outsource
    obtain goods or services from an outside supplier
    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
  18. reelect
    elect again
    If the president were reelected, we'd go to almost $20 trillion of national debt.
  19. tax break
    a tax deduction that is granted in order to encourage a particular type of commercial activity
    You can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it.
  20. spending cut
    the act of reducing spending
    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
  21. contraceptive
    an agent or device intended to prevent conception
    In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured.
  22. retrain
    teach new skills
    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
  23. skilled worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
    And in fact, employers are looking for skilled workers.
  24. deduction
    the act of removing a part from the whole
    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
  25. job
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty
    I can't find a job.
  26. tax cut
    the act of reducing taxation
    And I want to continue those tax cuts for middle-class families, and for small business.
  27. inaudible
    impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
    ROMNEY: So how much did you cut ( inaudible)?
  28. oil production
    the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
    We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years.
  29. balanced budget
    a budget is balanced when current expenditures are equal to receipts
    I want to get us on track to a balanced budget, and I'm going to reduce the tax burden on middle income families.
  30. add up
    add up in number or quantity
    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
  31. manipulator
    an agent that operates some apparatus or machine
    China has been a currency manipulator for years and years and years.
  32. terrorist act
    the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
    ROMNEY: It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a terrorist group.
  33. call into question
    challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    And this calls into question the president's whole policy in the Middle East.
  34. timekeeper
    (sports) an official who keeps track of the time elapsed
    OBAMA: I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here.
  35. misplace
    put (something) where one cannot find it again
    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.
  36. parenthood
    the state of being a parent
    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.
  37. blind trust
    a trust that enables a person to avoid possible conflict of interest by transferring assets to a fiduciary; the person establishing the trust gives up the right to information about the assets
    Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust.
  38. illegally
    in an illegal manner
    Those who've come here illegally take their place.
  39. governor
    the head of a state authority
    We will set aside that agreement just this once to welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
  40. debunk
    expose while ridiculing
    Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?
  41. undocumented
    lacking necessary documents
    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.
  42. glass ceiling
    a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions
    And she worked her way up to become a vice president of a local bank, but she hit the glass ceiling.
  43. tax bracket
    a category of taxpayers based on the amount of their income
    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
  44. community college
    a nonresidential junior college offering a curriculum fitted to the needs of the community
    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
  45. administratively
    by or for an administrator
    And that's what I've done administratively.
  46. president
    the chief executive of a republic
    When you come out in 2014, I presume I'm going to be president.
  47. tax
    charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
    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.
  48. trillion
    the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
    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.
  49. accredit
    grant credentials to
    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.
  50. middle class
    the social class between the lower and upper classes
    That's what's been squeezing middle class families.
  51. take-home pay
    what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc
    That's why I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay.
  52. workforce
    the force of workers available
    But if you calculated that unemployment rate, taking back the people who dropped out of the workforce, it would be 10.7 percent.
  53. President Bush
    43rd President of the United States
    Since both you and President Bush are Republicans, I fear a return to the policies of those years should you win this election.
  54. middle-class
    occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy
    The middle-class has been crushed over the last four years, and jobs have been too scarce.
  55. hold down
    restrain
    Because I'm offsetting some of the reductions with holding down some of the deductions.
  56. deportation
    the act of expelling a person from their native land
    He didn't call for self- deportation.
  57. terrorist attack
    a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
    There were many days that passed before we knew whether this was a spontaneous demonstration, or actually whether it was a terrorist attack.
  58. sales pitch
    promotion by means of an argument and demonstration
    You're going to lose some deductions, and you can't buy the sales pitch.
  59. streamline
    contour economically or efficiently
    I want it to be streamlined.
  60. mentally ill
    suffering from severe mental illness
    So my belief is that, (A), we have to enforce the laws we've already got, make sure that we're keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, those who are mentally ill.
  61. tax credit
    a direct reduction in tax liability
    Concerning the — these various deductions, the mortgage deductions, the charitable deductions, the child tax credit and also the — oh, what's that other credit?
  62. immigration
    movement of persons into a place
    George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform.
  63. mammogram
    X-ray film of the soft tissue of the breast
    When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical can
  64. bankrupt
    financially ruined
    Now when Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt.
  65. taxpayer
    someone who pays taxes
    And let me tell you, you're absolutely right about part of that, which is I want to bring the rates down, I want to simplify the tax code, and I want to get middle- income taxpayers to have lower taxes.
  66. George Bush
    vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
    You know, there are some things where Governor Romney is different from George Bush.
  67. refocus
    put again into sharp clarity
    I said we'd refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after Al Qaeda's leadership like never before and Osama bin Laden is dead.
  68. top-down
    of an approach to a problem that begins at the highest conceptual level and works down to the details
    And that's exactly the kind of top-down economics that is not going to work if we want a strong middle class and an economy that's striving for everybody.
  69. wheelhouse
    an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
    CROWLEY: I want to move you both along to the next question, because it's in the same wheelhouse, so you will be able to respond.
  70. brain trust
    an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
    QUESTION: This question actually comes from a brain trust of my friends at Global Telecom Supply (ph) in Minneola yesterday.
  71. take-home
    remaining after all deductions including taxes
    That's why I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay.
  72. get to
    arrive at the point of
    I hope to get to as many questions as possible.
  73. invest
    lay out money or capital in an enterprise
    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.
  74. energy
    forceful exertion
    Number three, we've got to control our own energy.
  75. deficit
    the property of being less than expected or required
    We've got to reduce our deficit, but we've got to do it in a balanced way.
  76. middleman
    someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
    We did it by taking $60 billion that was going to banks and lenders as middlemen for the student loan program, and we said, let's just cut out the middleman.
  77. National Rifle Association
    a powerful lobby that advocates the right to own and bear arms and rejects any gun regulation by the government
    And he said that the reason he changed his mind was, in part, because he was seeking the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.
  78. reintroduce
    introduce anew
    Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.
  79. pipeline
    a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
    We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada.
  80. social policy
    a policy of for dealing with social issues
    In some ways, he's gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy.
  81. diplomatic mission
    a mission serving diplomatic ends
    Your secretary of state, as I'm sure you know, has said that she takes full responsibility for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
  82. create
    bring into existence
    I know what it takes to create good jobs again.
  83. across the board
    including all
    'Cause I'm going to bring rates down across the board for everybody, but I'm going to limit deductions and exemptions and credits, particularly for people at the high end, because I am not going to have people at the high end pay less than they're
  84. number one
    the first or highest in an ordering or series
    Number one, I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again.
  85. tax policy
    a program for setting taxes
    But the policies he's put in place from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank to his tax policies to his regulatory policies, these policies combined have not let this economy take off and grow like it could have.
  86. playing field
    the circumstances under which competition occurs
    And what we've done when it comes to trade is not only sign three trade deals to open up new markets, but we've also set up a task force for trade that goes after anybody who is taking advantage of American workers or businesses and not creating a level <
  87. breadwinner
    one whose earnings are the primary source of support for their dependents
    And that's an example of the kind of advocacy that we need, because women are increasingly the breadwinners in the family.
  88. immigrant
    a person who comes to a country in order to settle there
    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?
  89. build on
    be based on; of theories and claims, for example
    OBAMA: And what I want to do, is build on the five million jobs that we've created over the last 30 months in the private sector alone.
  90. handout
    an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
    Bill and that allowed him to go to college, that wasn't a handout.
  91. across the country
    extending throughout an entire nation
    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.
  92. unite
    join or combine
    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.
  93. fair deal
    fair treatment
    And one of the things that makes us grow as an economy is when everybody participates and women are getting the same fair deal as men are.
  94. hire
    engage or hire for work
    And I think it's important to know that that was a process that was necessary to get those companies back on their feet, so they could start hiring more people.
  95. drop out
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
    But if you calculated that unemployment rate, taking back the people who dropped out of the workforce, it would be 10.7 percent.
  96. bus driver
    someone who drives a bus
    He was on 60 Minutes just two weeks ago and he was asked: Is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year, to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver, somebody making $50,000 year?
  97. oil company
    a company that sells oil
    Now, Governor Romney will say he's got an all-of-the-above plan, but basically his plan is to let the oil companies write the energy policies.
  98. eliminate
    end, take out, or do away with
    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
  99. insurance coverage
    the total amount and type of insurance carried
    Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage.
  100. natural gas
    a fossil fuel in the gaseous state
    Now, not only oil and natural gas, which we've been investing in; but also, we've got to make sure we're building the energy source of the future, not just thinking about next year, but ten years from now, 20 years from now.
  101. worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
    I said we're going to bet on American workers and the American auto industry and it's come surging back.
  102. math
    a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
    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
  103. beef up
    make strong or stronger
    Number one, beef up our security and procedures, not just in Libya, but at every embassy and consulate in the region.
  104. crack down
    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    Cracking down on China when they cheat.
  105. round up
    seek out and bring together
    What I was saying is, we're not going to round up 12 million people, undocumented illegals, and take them out of the nation.
  106. folks
    people in general (often used in the plural)
    We have a lot of folks who've been waiting all day to talk to you, so I want to get right to it.
  107. economy
    the system of production and distribution and consumption
    I know what it takes to get this economy going.
  108. coal
    fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter
    We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.
  109. border patrol
    a group of officers who patrol the borders of a country
    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.
  110. wind power
    power derived from the wind (as by windmills)
    When you've got thousands of people right now in Iowa, right now in Colorado, who are working, creating wind power with good-paying manufacturing jobs, and the Republican senator in that — in Iowa is all for it, providing tax breaks (ph) to help th
  111. quadruple
    having four units or components
    Regulations have quadrupled.
  112. gallon
    United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
    That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you're going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas.
  113. national debt
    the debt of the national government
    We've gone from $10 trillion of national debt, to $16 trillion of national debt.
  114. terrorist group
    a political movement that uses terror as a weapon to achieve its goals
    ROMNEY: It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a terrorist group.
  115. open up
    cause to open or to become open
    And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling.
  116. Ellis Island
    an island in New York Bay that was formerly the principal immigration station for the United States
    I mean we're just a few miles away from Ellis Island.
  117. manufacture
    put together out of artificial or natural components
    Number one, I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again.
  118. training program
    a program designed for training in specific skills
    Fixing our training programs for our workers.
  119. Energy Department
    the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977
    Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
  120. estate tax
    a tax on the estate of the deceased person
    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.
  121. purview
    the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated
    Is it within the purview of the government to bring those prices down, or are we looking at the new normal?
  122. Libya
    a military dictatorship in northern Africa on the Mediterranean; consists almost entirely of desert; a major exporter of petroleum
    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.
  123. out of work
    not having a job
    And a lot of them, as you say, Candy, have been out of work for a long, long, long time.
  124. walk of life
    careers in general
    But we've got to enforce the laws, which is what we are doing, and we've also got to make sure that in every walk of life we do not tolerate discrimination.
  125. gas
    state of matter distinguished from solid and liquid states
    Now, not only oil and natural gas, which we've been investing in; but also, we've got to make sure we're building the energy source of the future, not just thinking about next year, but ten years from now, 20 years from now.
  126. uncommitted
    not bound or pledged
    CROWLEY: The Gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the New York area.
  127. balanced
    being in a state of proper equilibrium
    We've got to reduce our deficit, but we've got to do it in a balanced way.
  128. graduate
    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
    QUESTION: Mr. President, Governor Romney, as a 20-year-old college student, all I hear from professors, neighbors and others is that when I graduate, I will have little chance to get employment.
  129. offshore
    (of winds) coming from the land
    And part of that is bringing in a pipeline of oil from Canada, taking advantage of the oil and coal we have here, drilling offshore in Alaska, drilling offshore in Virginia where the people want it.
  130. manufacturing
    the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
    Number one, I want to build manufacturing jobs in this country again.
  131. Social Security
    social welfare program in the U.S.
    Make sure that you are getting a good paying job, making sure that Medicare and Social Security...
  132. income
    the financial gain accruing over a given period of time
    And let me tell you, you're absolutely right about part of that, which is I want to bring the rates down, I want to simplify the tax code, and I want to get middle- income taxpayers to have lower taxes.
  133. drilling
    the act of drilling
    And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling.
  134. mom
    informal terms for a mother
    And, you know, I was raised by a single mom who had to put herself through school while looking after two kids.
  135. in place
    in the original or natural place or site
    That's exactly the philosophy that we've seen in place for the last decade.
  136. pull together
    assemble or get together
    And important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.
  137. talk about
    to consider or examine in speech or writing
    And with respect to this pipeline that Governor Romney keeps on talking about, we've — we've built enough pipeline to wrap around the entire earth once.
  138. employer
    a person or firm that hires workers
    We're going to have to have employers in the new economy, in the economy I'm going to bring to play, that are going to be so anxious to get good workers they're going to be anxious to hire women.
  139. percent
    a proportion in relation to a whole
    We're looking at a situation where 40 percent of the unemployed have been unemployed have been unemployed for six months or more.
  140. Medicare
    health care for the aged
    George Bush didn't propose turning Medicare into a voucher.
  141. bipartisan
    supported by both sides
    But when we make this into a divisive political issue, and when we don't have bipartisan support — I can deliver, Governor, a whole bunch of Democrats to get comprehensive immigration reform done, and we can't...
  142. most importantly
    above and beyond all other consideration
    Oil production is up, natural gas production is up, and, most importantly, we're also starting to build cars that are more efficient.
  143. weapon
    any instrument used in fighting or hunting
    What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?
  144. child care
    a service involving care for other people's children
    When we talk about child care, and the credits that we're providing.
  145. misstep
    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
    However, I do attribute much of America's economic and international problems to the failings and missteps of the Bush administration.
  146. unemployment
    the state of not having a job
    If the — the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent when he took office, it's 7.8 percent now.
  147. unemployed
    not engaged in a gainful occupation
    We're looking at a situation where 40 percent of the unemployed have been unemployed have been unemployed for six months or more.
  148. health insurance
    insurance against loss due to ill health
    Health insurance premiums, up $2,500.
  149. contraception
    birth control by the use of devices or drugs or surgery
    Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage.
  150. even out
    make even or more even
    The governor says that he is not going to allow the top 5 percent, believe is what he said, to have a tax cut, that it will all even out, that what he wants to do is give that tax cut to the middle class.
  151. television show
    a program broadcast by television
    The ambassador of the United Nations went on the Sunday television shows and spoke about how — OBAMA: Candy, I'm — ROMNEY: — this was a spontaneous — CROWLEY: Mr. President, let me — OBAMA: I'm happy to have a longer conversation — CROWLEY: I know
  152. tax revenue
    government income due to taxation
    If somehow when you get in there, there isn't enough tax revenue coming in.
  153. workplace
    a place where work is done
    QUESTION: In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?
  154. hunt down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    That this was an act of terror and I also said that we're going to hunt down those who committed this crime.
  155. China
    a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
    Because China, Germany, they're making these investments.
  156. insurance company
    a financial institution that sells insurance
    In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured.
  157. reduce
    make smaller
    We've got to reduce our deficit, but we've got to do it in a balanced way.
  158. town hall
    a government building that houses administrative offices of a town government
    We are here for the second presidential debate, a town hall, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
  159. bureaucrat
    a nonelective government official
    ROMNEY: I'd just note that I don't believe that bureaucrats in Washington should tell someone whether they can use contraceptives or not.
  160. think about
    have on one's mind, think about actively
    Now, not only oil and natural gas, which we've been investing in; but also, we've got to make sure we're building the energy source of the future, not just thinking about next year, but ten years from now, 20 years from now.
  161. mutual fund
    the pooled money that is invested in assets
    If you're getting interest from a bank, if you're getting a statement from a mutual fund or any other kind of investment you have, you don't have to worry about filing taxes on that, because there'll be no taxes for anybody making $200,000.00 per y
  162. policy
    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
    The president's policies have been exercised over the last four years and they haven't put Americans back to work.
  163. figure out
    find the solution to or understand the meaning of
    But we've also got to continue to figure out how we have efficiency energy, because ultimately that's how we're going to reduce demand and that's what's going to keep gas prices lower.
  164. loophole
    an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
    But when he's asked, how are you going to do it, which deductions, which loopholes are you going to close?