First Presidential Debate Centers on Economic Concerns
2012-10-04 23:46:02

This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.(1)

President Obama and Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney debated each other for the first time Wednesday night. The debate was held at the University of Denver in Colorado.(2)

Experts say the American economy is the top issue of the election campaign. And the debate centered on economic concerns.(3)

Mr. Obama started by noting that, when he took office, the United States was having its most severe economic crisis since the nineteen thirties.(4)

He said that, in the past thirty months, five million jobs had been created in private industry. But he admitted a lot remains to be done.(5)
他说,在过去的三十个月,在私营企业中创造了 500 万就业机会。但他承认仍有许多工作要做。

One of the big questions of the campaign is how best to reduce the federal budget deficit. Mr. Romney has proposed lowering taxes as a way to lift economic growth.(6)

But the former Massachusetts governor sharply disagreed with Mr. Obama’s descriptions of his tax cut plan.(7)

"I'm not looking for a five-trillion-dollar tax cut. What I have said is I won't put in place a tax cut that adds to the deficit. That's part one.(8)

So there's no economist can say Mitt Romney's tax plan adds five trillion dollars if I say I will not add to the deficit with my tax plan."(9)
所以有没有经济学家可以说羅姆尼税计划添加 5 兆美元如果我说我将不添加到赤字与我的税务计划。"

Mr. Romney also said he would not reduce the share of taxes paid by high income individuals. Mr. Obama, however, said his opponent’s plan for changing the tax system would not work.(10)
羅姆尼先生还说: 他不会减少所占份额高收入个人缴纳的税款。奧巴馬先生,不过,说他的对手,计划改税收制度是行不通的。

"The fact is, if you are lowering the rates the way you described, Governor, then it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high-income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class."(11)

The candidates also debated the president's health care program, which some Americans call "Obamacare." Mr. Romney said it would hurt the economy and cost jobs.(12)
候选人还讨论了总统的健康护理计划,一些美国人叫"奥巴马"。羅姆尼先生说: 它会伤害的经济及成本的作业。

The president said that when he took office, problems in the nation's health care system were just as urgent as the jobless rate.(13)

He said health costs drove government spending and troubled businesses and families.(14)
他说: 开车的政府支出和陷入困境的企业和家庭健康费用。

"It was not just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket and they could not get affordable coverage even if they wanted to provide it to their employees.(15)

It was not just that this was the biggest driver of our federal deficit, our overall health care costs. But it was families who worried about going bankrupt if they got sick."(16)

In closing, Mr. Obama said he wants to build on the strengths of his first four years in the White House. Mr. Romney said re-electing the president would hurt the middle class.(17)
最后,奧巴馬先生表示他想要加强他在白宫的第一个四年的优势。羅姆尼先生说: 方法主席会伤害了中产阶级。

He promised to replace the country’s new health care program and to create millions of news jobs.(18)

The two candidates are to meet again October sixteenth.(19)

And that’s the VOA Special English Economics Report. I’m Mario Ritter.(20)
而这是美国之音特别英语经济报道。我是马里奥 · 里特。

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