Vocabulary from the Third and Final Presidential Debate, October 19, 2016

The third and final presidential debate of this election took place on October 19, 2016 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Considering the large amount of ill will between the two campaigns, it was actually a pretty substantive debate. The audience got to hear the candidates' opinions on Supreme Court nominees, abortion, and each candidate's plan for economic growth. Here are twenty words from the third presidential debate.

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  1. debunk
    expose while ridiculing
    Well, first of all, what he just said about the state department is not only untrue, it's been... debunked numerous times.
    - Secretary Hillary Clinton
  2. racketeer
    someone who commits crimes for profit
    He went after a federal judge, born in Indiana but who Donald said couldn't be trusted to try the fraud and racketeering case against Trump University because his parents were Mexican.
    - Sec. Clinton
  3. espionage
    the systematic use of spies to obtain secrets
    But you are very clearly quoting from wikileaks and what's really important about wikileaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans.
    - Sec. Clinton
  4. amnesty
    a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
    First of all, she wants to give amnesty,[ to illegal immigrants already in the United States] which is a disaster and very unfair to all the people who are waiting in line [ for legal citizenship] for many years.
    - Donald Trump
  5. repeal
    cancel officially
    And one thing we have to do, repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.
    - Donald Trump
  6. gold standard
    a paragon of excellence
    She lied when she said she didn't call it [The Trans -Pacific Partnership Trade Deal] the gold standard in one of the debates.
    - Donald Trump
  7. anemic
    lacking vigor or energy
    Last week, as you know, the end of last week, they came out with an anemic jobs report.
    - Donald Trump
  8. belittle
    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
    Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.
    - Sec. Clinton
  9. depleted
    no longer sufficient
    We have a depleted military.
    - Donald Trump
  10. proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    And she can say all she wants about college tuition and I'm a big proponent, we're going to do a lot of things for college tuition, but the rest of the public's going be paying for it.
    - Donald Trump
  11. pivot
    turn on an axis
    That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders, okay?
    -Donald Trump
    Here, Donald Trump is observing the Secretary Clinton has dodged, turned away from, or pivoted from the subject of the question onto another topic.
  12. stagnant
    not growing or changing; without force or vitality
    Look, our country is stagnant. We've lost our jobs. We've lost our businesses.We're not making things anymore, relatively speaking, our product is pouring in from China, pouring in from Vietnam, pouring in from all over the world.
    - Donald Trump
  13. stringent
    demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    And in this case it's not only about Roe v. Wade. It is about what's happening right now in America so many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which, of course, provides all kinds of cancer screenings and other benefits for women in our country.
    - Sec. Clinton
  14. solvency
    the ability to meet maturing obligations as they come due
    And I'll say something about the Affordable Care Act, which he wants to repeal: The Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of the Medicare trust fund. So if he repeals it, our Medicare problem gets worse.
    - Sec. Clinton
  15. imperative
    some duty that is essential and urgent
    The Supreme Court, it's what it's all about. Our country is so, so, just so imperative that we have the right justices.
    - Donald Trump
  16. thrive
    grow vigorously
    I think when the middle class thrives, America thrives. And so my plan is based on growing the economy, giving middle class families many more opportunities. I want us to have the biggest jobs program since World War II, jobs and infrastructure and advanced manufacturing.
    - Sec. Clinton
  17. undermine
    weaken or impair, especially gradually
    ...we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women's rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in the country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.
    - Sec. Clinton
  18. rhetoric
    loud and confused and empty talk
    Well, that is not what happens in these cases [of late-term abortions] And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate. You should meet with some of the women that I've met with.Women I've known over the course of my life.
    - Sec. Clinton
  19. replica
    copy that is not the original
    I believe if my opponent should win this race, which I truly don't think will happen, we will have a second amendment which will be a very, very small replica of what it is right now.
    - Donald Trump
  20. unprecedented
    novel; having no earlier occurrence
    ... you are willing to spout the Putin line... do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race so I think this is such an unprecedented situation, we've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election.
    - Sec. Clinton
Created on October 19, 2016 (updated October 20, 2016)

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