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: minimization - characterizing something that you don't want to address as trivial or insignificant, in order to shift the focus away from it and onto "more important" things. : Obama trivializes the scrutiny of his past positions, to turn attention to topics he states viewers are "concerned about," such as healthcare and college.
: straw man - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it. : While Obama did praise Reagan for being a transformative political figure and for having ideas, he never said he liked those ideas.
: guilt by association - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent. : Obama uses Clinton's time at as a corporate attorney to link her to defending corporate interests and not those of everyday Americans.
: whataboutism - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others. : Obama shifts the focus from his praise of Reagan to Clinton's praise of Reagan.
: guilt by association - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent. : Clinton uses Obama's work for a law firm that represented Tony Rezko to link Rezko's misdeeds to Obama.
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