Full coverage of the 9th Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season from Las Vegas.

By Tara Jons
03/12/2020 • 05:35 AM EST

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: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Those same 160 million people losing insurance would have the option to get it through a government plan.[1]
: ad hominemsee definition - attacking the character or motive of the person making an argument, rather than attacking the argument itself.
: Warren attacks Bloomberg's character, while not refuting any argument or challenging any idea he is putting forward.
: guilt by associationsee definition - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent.
: Warren uses Bloomberg's financial status to link him to Trump.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Klobuchar mentions getting the highest voter turnout of any state in the country, without mentioning Minnesota typically has the highest voter turnout in the country, even when she's not on the ticket.[2]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Of the 5.08 million total stop-and-frisks under Bloomberg, about half (2.6 million) were of blacks, and far less were of young black men.[3]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Buttigieg casts Sanders as a capitalist-hating socialist and Bloomberg as an elitist billionaire.
: innuendosee definition - implying something without actually saying it, which can't be refuted because it wasn't actually said.
: Buttigieg implies Sanders and Bloomberg aren't Democrats, without actually saying it.
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: Sanders wants to "burn the party down," while Bloomberg wants to "buy the party out."
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Over the last 45 years the average worker is making about 11% more, when adjusting for inflation.[4]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: In 2008, Bloomberg said the financial crisis grew out of political pressure to make loans to those who were poor credit risks, never once mentioning any race or ethnic group.[5]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: 99.9% of the 10.6 million on Twitter are decent, working people who believe in justice, compassion, and love.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Sanders shifts the focus from the attacks of his followers to the attacks of others against those in his campaign.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: The U.S. spends more, but not twice as much [5], the 87 million is more like 68 million [5], 60,000 dying each year from not seeing a doctor on time is based on weak math [4], and 500,000 people are not going bankrupt due solely to health care costs.[6]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Buttigieg's health care plan was a slogan thought up by his consultants.
: going negativesee definition - characterizing criticism from an opponent as being underhanded, unfair, or indecent in some way.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: There are five (5) paragraphs on Klobuchar's website that outline her health care proposals.[3]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Crediting stop-and-frisk for a decline in the murder rate, when it had already been declining years before stop-and-frisk was implemented.[7]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Obama's moderators came in a year and a half after Bloomberg had already taken action to reduce stop-and-frisk, and had already achieved a 71% decline.[5]
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Bloomberg tries to shift the focus from his missteps on criminal justice to his opponents' supposed missteps on criminal justice.
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Sanders lists all that he has released, which is 3 letters from doctors saying he's in good health, while ignoring what he hasn't released, which is his full medical records.[8]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Bloomberg has never publicly released his tax returns, during his 12-year tenure as mayor. What he has done is allow reporters to review redacted versions of them.[3]
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Bloomberg brings up how his company handles sexual misconduct and hires lots of women, which has no relation to past allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
: pointed questionsee definition - a question that is difficult to answer in an ambiguous manner without appearing to be evading or dodging.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The Chinese haven't slowed down, but increased emissions of greenhouse gases every year since 2017, and remain the world's largest emitter.[9]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: If elected, Biden would raise the corporate rate from its current level of 21% to 28%, which would include small businesses.[9]
: saber-rattlingsee definition - making nonspecific threats of consequences to intimidate an adversary and/or impress an audience.
: Biden warns that, if China doesn't start burning less coal, the whole world will impose tariffs on everything China is selling.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: If elected, Buttigieg would raise the corporate rate, which includes small businesses, from its current level of 21% to 35%.[9]
: guilt by associationsee definition - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent.
: Sanders uses Bloomberg's billionaire status to link him to those who use their wealth to corrupt the political system.
: 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 Sanders is supporting a policy to increase employee ownership in corporations, he's not advocating for communism or an end to capitalism.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Warren's estimate of how much could be raised with a wealth tax is considered by many economists to be overoptimistic, with some claiming it would raise only about 40% of what she estimates.[10]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Buttigieg has changed his positions to appease his donors.
: 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.
: out of contextsee definition - removing a passage or quote from its surrounding context in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.
: Biden actually said "Mitch, we want to see you come back," while he was in the midst of negotiating a budget deal with him before the 2014 midterms.[10]

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References
1. "The Basics of 'Medicare for All'". The New York Times. Published: March 01, 2020.

2. "Klobuchar wants credit for Minnesota's consistently high turnout". The Washington Post. Published: February 19, 2020.

3. "Fact-checking the Las Vegas Democratic debate". CNN Politics. Published: February 20, 2020.

4. "The Stump Speech Analyzer: Bernie Sanders". Politifact. Published: January 23, 2020.

5. "FactChecking the Las Vegas Democratic Debate". FactCheck.org. Published: February 20, 2020.

6. "Sanders's flawed statistic: 500,000 medical bankruptcies a year". The Washington Post. Published: August 28, 2019.

8. "Sanders Suggests He Won't Release Full Medical Records". The New York Times. Published: February 19, 2020.

9. "Fact-Checking the Las Vegas Democratic Debate". The New York Times. Published: February 19, 2020.

10. "Facts on Warren's Wealth Tax Plan". FactCheck.org. Published: July 25, 2019.