Full coverage of the 2016 Tim Kaine vs. Mike Pence Vice Presidential debate.

By Jon Wright Fay
10/07/2016 • 12:00 AM EST

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: Click or tap on any techniquesee definition - the definition will be displayed here.
that appears in bold to show its definition.
: common folksee definition - establishing a connection with an audience based on being just like one of them and therefore being able to empathize with their concerns.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Clinton's foreign policy in Syria was actually more aggressive than Obama's.[1]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: An "avalanche of insults."
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "Donald Trump's apprentice."
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Clinton merely set the stage for the talks, while the deal itself was negotiated by her successor, John Kerry.[1]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Clinton had little to do with renegotiating the status of forces agreement with Iraq.[2]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Pence's numbers are accurate, but he fails to mention Kaine's term in office (2006 - 2010) was during an economic downturn, while his (2013 - 2016) was during an economic recovery.[3]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: Do you want "a you're hired president in Hillary Clinton or a you're fired president in Donald Trump."
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: While both Trump and Pence may not want to raise the minimum wage, neither has called for its elimination.[4]
: Pence highlights Kaine's repeated use of slogans.
: fault as virtuesee definition - technique where a weakness is presented as a strength, by focusing on any positive aspect of it.
: Pence characterizes Trump's questionable tax dealings as a sign that he's a great businessman.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Kaine cites a very old stance of Trump on Social Security, which Trump has contradicted consistently in all recent comments.[5]
: now is not the timesee definition - discouraging critical evaluation of tragic events that might give rise to political action, by characterizing it as political opportunism.
: honor by associationsee definition - championing public symbols that carry respect, authority, sanction, and prestige to assume the respect, authority, sanction, and prestige of those symbols.
: Law enforcement.
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Clinton does want to make it easier for many undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status, she's never called for "open borders." [7]
: going negativesee definition - characterizing criticism from an opponent as being underhanded, unfair, or indecent in some way.
: adding qualifierssee definition - adding an extra word or phrase to a response, which makes it ultimately meaningless, but still leaves the desired impression.
: Pence's denial that Trump said things "in the way [Kaine] said he said them," is not saying that Trump didn't say the things Kaine said he said.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Kaine shifts the focus from an offensive thing Clinton said to offensive things Trump said.
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "Deportation nation."
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: The "16 million" figure includes not only 11 million undocumented, but also 4.5 million born to undocumented parents (which Trump hasn't stated he wants to deport).[9]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Trump has talked about deporting the entire undocumented population of 11 million, but has not proposed deporting the 4.5 million with birthright citizenship.[9]
: Kaine delivers more talking pointssee definition - succinct, rehearsed statements designed to support persuasively one side taken on an issue.
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: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: "It's absolutely inarguable" that America is less safe under Obama than it was under GW Bush.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Clinton had little to do with the efforts to renegotiate the status of forces agreement with Iraq.[2]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: All those identified in the Paris attack are citizens of the EU (not Syrian refugees), with most of the attackers born in either Belgium or France.[11]
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Trump did say NATO was "obsolete," he's never called for its dissolution.[12]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Clinton merely set the stage for the Iran talks, while the deal itself was negotiated by her successor, John Kerry.[1]
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Pence did say Putin was a "stronger" leader than Obama, he never said he was a "better" leader.[13]
: honor by associationsee definition - championing public symbols that carry respect, authority, sanction, and prestige to assume the respect, authority, sanction, and prestige of those symbols.
: The military.
: proclaiming weaknesssee definition - using the words "weak" or "weakness" to instill negative emotions when associated with an opponent or group.
: proclaiming weaknesssee definition - using the words "weak" or "weakness" to instill negative emotions when associated with an opponent or group.
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Pence did call Putin a "stronger leader," and Trump "a leader, far more than our president," neither has said he's a "great leader."[13]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Regarding the START Treaty, Kaine mentions reducing Russian stockpiles, without mentioning U.S. stockpiles will also be reduced as part of the agreement.[14]
: going negativesee definition - characterizing criticism from an opponent as being underhanded, unfair, or indecent in some way.
: the American peoplesee definition - promoting a position as having the overwhelming support of all Americans, while providing no evidence that it does.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: What Pence calls a $400 million "ransom payment" is money that was legally owed to Iran for their purchase of American military equipment in 1979 that was never delivered.[15]
: virtue wordssee definition - using words that are attractive to the value system of the target audience.
: strength
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Pence did say Putin was a "stronger" leader than Obama, he never said he was a "better" leader.[13]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Regarding the START Treaty, Kaine mentions reducing Russian stockpiles, but never mentions U.S. stockpiles will be reduced too, as part of the agreement.[14]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: About 87% of Clinton Foundation money goes to charitable causes.[16]
: straw manningsee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While Clinton does support late-term abortions, she's open to restrictions, if exceptions are made when the life of the mother is a risk.[17]
: backhanded complimentsee definition - a remark that sounds like a compliment, but is really an insult.
: Pence calls Kaine and Clinton polished politicians (disingenuous and calculating).
: Regarding Mexicans, Trump actually said "And some I assume are good people." [10]

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References
1. "AP FACT CHECK: Claims in the VP debate". Associated Press. Published: October 05, 2016.

2. "Mike Pence: Hillary Clinton failed to keep U.S. troops in Iraq". Politifact. Published: October 04, 2016.

3. "Kaine vs. Pence on Unemployment". FactCheck.org. Published: August 05, 2016.

10. "Tim Kaine falsely says Trump said 'all Mexicans are rapists'". Politifact. Published: August 01, 2016.

11. "Pence is wrong: Syrian refugees didn't commit the Paris attacks". Politico. Published: October 04, 2016.

12. "Kaine wrongly says Trump backs end of NATO". Politifact. Published: October 10, 2017.

17. "FactChecking the VP Debate". FactCheck.org. Published: October 05, 2016.