Third presidential debate transcript: President Obama on America’s role in the world
Transcribed and edited by Jenny Jiang
Excerpts from the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on Oct. 22, 2012
Transcript of President Barack Obama on America’s role in the world:
Moderator Bob Schieffer:
What do each of you see as our role in the world?
President Barack Obama:
America remains the one indispensable nation, and the world needs a strong America and it is stronger now than when I came into office.
Because we ended the war in Iraq, we were able to refocus our attention on not only the terrorist threat but also begin a transition process in Afghanistan.
It also allowed us to refocus on alliances, relationships that have been neglected for a decade.
And Gov. Romney, our alliances have never been stronger in Asia, in Europe, in Africa, with Israel where we have unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation, including dealing with Iranian threat.
But what we also have been able to do is position ourselves so we can start rebuilding America. 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 best education system in the world, including re-training our workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
Doing everything we can to control our own energy. We’ve cut our oil imports to the lowest level in two decades because we’ve developed oil and natural gas but we also have to develop clean energy technologies that will allow us to cut our exports in half by 2020.
That’s the kind of leadership that we need to show.
And we’ve got to make sure that we reduce our deficit. Unfortunately, Gov. Romney’s plan doesn’t do it. We’ve got to do it in a responsible way by cutting out spending we don’t need but also by asking the wealthiest to pay a little bit more that way we can invest in the research and technology that’s always kept us at the cutting edge.
Now, Gov. Romney has taken a different approach throughout this campaign.
Both at home and abroad, he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. He’s praised George Bush as a good economic stewart and Dick Cheney as somebody who shows great wisdom and judgement. And taking us back to those kinds of strategies that got us into this mess are not the way that we’re going to maintain leadership in the 21st century.