3rd Obama-Romney debate 106 words

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
  1. bayonet
    a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon
    Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — because the nature of our military's changed.
  2. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    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.
  3. drone
    an unchanging intonation
    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.
  4. take-home pay
    what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc
    I want to bring it back and get back good jobs and rising take-home pay.
  5. centrifuge
    an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
    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.
  6. airbrush
    an atomizer to spray paint by means of compressed air
    Governor Romney, you keep on trying to, you know, airbrush history here.
  7. balanced budget
    a budget is balanced when current expenditures are equal to receipts
    And then we're going to have to get to a balanced budget.
  8. nuclear weapon
    a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
    Of course, the greatest threat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon.
  9. bad guy
    any person who is not on your side
    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.
  10. rising tide
    the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high 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.
  11. time and time again
    repeatedly
    Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again.
  12. Benghazi
    port in northern Libya on the Gulf of Sidra; formerly a joint capital of Libya with Tripoli
    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.
  13. al-Qaida
    a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
    Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals.
  14. food stamp
    a government-issued stamp that can be used in exchange for food
    When you came into office, 32 million people on food stamps — today 47 million people on food stamps.
  15. organizationally
    with regard to organization
    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.
  16. governmentally
    by government
    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.
  17. refocus
    put again into focus or focus more sharply
    We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11.
  18. budget cut
    the act of reducing budgeted expenditures
    But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
  19. make sure
    make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally
    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
  20. incitation
    an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
    His words amount to genocide incitation.
  21. retrain
    teach new skills
    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
  22. president
    the chief executive of a republic
    And it is a sobering reminder that every president faces at some point an unexpected threat to our national security from abroad.
  23. extremism
    any political theory favoring immoderate uncompromising policies
    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.
  24. decimate
    kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
    And as a consequence, al-Qaida's core leadership has been decimated.
  25. FDR
    32nd President of the United States; elected four times; instituted New Deal to counter the Great Depression and led country during World War II (1882-1945)
    We've changed for the first time since FDR.
  26. military capability
    capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
    They — they look at our — our decision to — to cut back on our military capabilities — a trillion dollars.
  27. weapon of mass destruction
    a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
    You said we should have gone into Iraq despite the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
  28. retraining
    training for a new occupation
    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
  29. heavy weapon
    large but transportable armament
    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.
  30. go after
    go after with the intent to catch
    I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
  31. militarily
    with respect to the military
    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
  32. car company
    a company that makes and sells automobiles
    My dad was head of a car company.
  33. auto company
    a company that makes and sells automobiles
    You were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy.
  34. sequestration
    the act of segregating or sequestering
    But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
  35. bin Laden
    Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)
    I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
  36. segue
    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    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.
  37. nuclear warhead
    the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
    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.
  38. Middle East
    the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century
    The first segment is the challenge of a changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism.
  39. mobilize
    make ready for action or use
    We've mobilized sanctions against that government.
  40. bog down
    get stuck while doing something
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, when I came into office, we were still bogged down in Iraq, and Afghanistan had been drifting for a decade.
  41. geopolitical
    of or relating to geopolitics
    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.
  42. Iran
    a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
    Of course, the greatest threat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon.
  43. security force
    a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
    There are now a large number of Afghan security forces, 350,000, that are — are ready to step in to provide security.
  44. Syria
    an Asian republic in the Middle East at the east end of the Mediterranean; site of some of the world's most ancient centers of civilization
    Of course, we see in Syria 30,000 civilians having been killed by the military there.
  45. indict
    accuse formally of a crime
    I'd make sure that Ahmadinejad is indicted under the Genocide Convention.
  46. time zone
    any of the 24 regions of the globe (loosely divided by longitude) throughout which the same standard time is used
    Latin America is a huge opportunity for us: time zone, language opportunities.
  47. segment
    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
    They have asked me to divide the evening into segments.
  48. Osama bin Laden
    Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)
    I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
  49. nuclear
    constituting or like a nucleus
    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.
  50. interject
    to insert between other elements
    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.
  51. steelworker
    a worker engaged in making steel
    In fact, just recently, steelworkers in Ohio and throughout the Midwest, Pennsylvania, are in a position now to sell steel to China because we won that case.
  52. leadership
    the status of a leader
    I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida.
  53. shamble
    walk by dragging one's feet
    So their economy is in a shambles.
  54. number one
    the first or highest in an ordering or series
    Now, with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm's way; number two, that we would
  55. training program
    a program designed for training in specific skills
    Number three, we're going to have to have training programs that work for our workers and schools that finally put the parents and the teachers and the kids first, and the teachers union's going to have to go behind.
  56. cheater
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
    And that's the reason why I set up a trade task force to go after cheaters when it came to international trade.
  57. trillion
    the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
    But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
  58. nuclear submarine
    a submarine that is propelled by nuclear power
    We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
  59. sanction
    official permission or approval
    We've mobilized sanctions against that government.
  60. Libya
    a military dictatorship in northern Africa on the Mediterranean; consists almost entirely of desert; a major exporter of petroleum
    The first question, and it concerns Libya, the controversy over what happened there continues.
  61. manipulator
    an agent that operates some apparatus or machine
    That's why on day one I will label them a currency manipulator which allows us to apply tariffs where they're taking jobs.
  62. Pakistan
    a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
    But when you were a candidate in 2008 — as I was — and I said, if I got bin Laden in our sights, I would take that shot, you said we shouldn't move heaven and earth to get one man, and you said we should ask Pakistan for permission.
  63. ally
    a friendly nation
    Now you say maybe or it depends, which means not only were you wrong but you were also confusing and sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.
  64. unite
    join or combine
    I think the tension that existed between Israel and the United States was very unfortunate.
  65. invest
    make an investment
    That way we can invest in the research and technology that's always kept us at the cutting edge.
  66. hold down
    restrain
    I've watched year in and year out as companies have shut down and people have lost their jobs because China has not played by the same rules, in part by holding down artificially the value of their currency.
  67. math
    a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
    And what I now want to do is to hire more teachers, especially in math and science, because we know that we've fallen behind when it comes to math and science.
  68. sequester
    keep away from others
    First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed.
  69. devastate
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    The secretary of defense called these trillion dollars of cuts to our military devastating.
  70. military action
    a military engagement
    The disagreement I have with Governor Romney is that during the course of this campaign he's often talked as if we should take premature military action.
  71. electric battery
    a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
    We're going to have to have a president, however, that doesn't think that somehow the government investing in — in car companies like Tesla and — and Fisker, making electric battery cars — this is not research, Mr. President.
  72. counterterrorism
    a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
    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
  73. coordinate
    of equal importance, rank, or degree
    We should key our foreign aid, our direct foreign investment and that of our friends — we should coordinate it to make sure that we — we push back and give them more economic development.
  74. organize
    arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    Now, keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to — without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq — liberate a cou
  75. spill over
    be disgorged
    The war in Syria has now spilled over into Lebanon.
  76. troop
    a group of soldiers
    Now, keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to — without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq — liberate a cou
  77. fall apart
    go to pieces
    And so a — a Pakistan that falls apart, becomes a failed state would be of extraordinary danger to Afghanistan and us.
  78. governor
    the head of a state government
    The audience has taken a vow of silence — no applause, no reaction of any kind except right now when we welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
  79. Afghanistan
    a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south
    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
  80. unacceptable
    not acceptable; not welcome
    That's unacceptable to me.
  81. capability
    the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
    Number four, we do have to develop their economic — their economic capabilities.
  82. reassess
    revise or renew one's assessment
    Should we reassess our policy and see if we can find a better way to influence events there, or is that even possible?
  83. human right
    (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
    And those principles include human rights, human dignity, free enterprise, freedom of expression, elections, because when there are elections, people tend to vote for peace.
  84. liquidate
    eliminate by paying off (debts)
    And the idea that has been suggested that I would liquidate the industry — of course not.
  85. allies
    an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy
    Now you say maybe or it depends, which means not only were you wrong but you were also confusing and sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.
  86. Iraq
    a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
    We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11.
  87. job
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, my first job as commander in chief, Bob, is to keep the American people safe, and that's what we've done over the last four years.
  88. social policy
    a policy of for dealing with social issues
    But, Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.
  89. free enterprise
    an economy that relies chiefly on market forces to allocate goods and resources and to determine prices
    And those principles include human rights, human dignity, free enterprise, freedom of expression, elections, because when there are elections, people tend to vote for peace.
  90. defense program
    a program for defending a country against its enemies
    I think also that pulling our missile defense program out of Poland in the way did we was also unfortunate in terms of, if you will, disrupting the relationship in some ways that existed between us.
  91. cripple
    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    We then organized the strongest coalition and the strongest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling their economy.
  92. threat
    declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
    And it is a sobering reminder that every president faces at some point an unexpected threat to our national security from abroad.
  93. tax cut
    the act of reducing taxation
    Look, Governor Romney's called for $5 trillion of tax cuts that he says he's going to pay for by closing deductions.
  94. Mubarak
    Egyptian statesman who became president in 1981 after Sadat was assassinated (born in 1929)
    SCHIEFFER: May I ask you, you know, during the Egyptian turmoil, there came a point when you said it was time for President Mubarak to go.
  95. China
    a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
    As a matter of fact, Latin America's economy is almost as big as the economy of China.
  96. rebuild
    build again
    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
  97. Mali
    a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years
    Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals.
  98. twin towers
    twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
    And the last conversation she had with her father was him calling from the twin towers, saying, Peyton (sp), I love you, and I will always watch over you.
  99. rain down
    precipitate as rain
    And then I went down to the border towns of Sderot, which had experienced missiles raining down from Hamas.
  100. terrorist
    a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
    We see in — in — in Libya an attack apparently by — well, I think we know now by terrorists of some kind against — against our people there, four people dead.
  101. budget
    a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them
    But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.
  102. dismissive
    showing indifference or disregard
    And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive.
  103. nation
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
    But instead we've seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.
  104. Qatari
    of or concerning Qatar or its inhabitants
    But the Saudis and the Qatari and — and — and the Turks are all very concerned about this.
  105. Israel
    an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
    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; number two
  106. certification
    confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence
    And what we can now do is free up some resources to, for example, put Americans back to work, especially our veterans, rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our schools, making sure that, you know, our veterans are getting the care that they need when it com