Obama spars with Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Primary Debates.

By Katy Glynn
06/10/2015 • 03:48 AM EST

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that appears in bold to show its definition.
: minimizationsee definition - 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 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 Obama did praise Reagan for being a transformative political figure and for having ideas, he never said he liked those ideas.[1]
: 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.
: Obama uses Clinton's time at as a corporate attorney to link her to defending corporate interests and not those of everyday Americans.
: whataboutismsee definition - 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 associationsee definition - 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.[2]

Total number of techniques detected over the 10:57 runtime of this video clip:


References
1. "Clinton-Obama Slugfest". FactCheck.org. Published: January 22, 2008.

2. "A fragment of truth, distorted". Politifact. Published: January 22, 2008.