Full coverage of the 2020 vice presidential debate between V.P. Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris.

By Michael Gordon
10/13/2020 • 05:44 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.
: Trump called the Democrats' criticism of his handing of COVID (not COVID itself) "their new hoax."
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Not ALL travel from China was suspended. There were exceptions for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and the immediate family members of both.[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 Biden did say Trump had a history of being xenophobic and hysterical, he didn't say his decision to ban travel from China was xenophobic and hysterical.[2]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: There is no scientific basis to claim that the travel ban saved "hundreds of thousands"
: red herringsee definition - throwing one irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Pence uses similarities between their and Biden's COVID plan to bring up Biden's history of plagiarism.
: 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 Harris did say that Pence and Trump have failed in their handing of the pandemic, she said nothing about the American people failing in their handing of the pandemic.
: 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.
: Pence again defends the American people, when the criticism is being directed only at the Administration.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Pence mentions that many were tested and it was an outdoor event, but doesn't mention that it violated CDC guidelines on masks and social distancing, and also included an indoor reception in the White House.[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 Harris did say she had no confidence in a COVID vaccine Trump might announce, she did not say she has no confidence in a COVID vaccine.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Pence shifts the focus from the Trump administration's failure with COVID-19 to Obama's failure controlling the H1N1 swine flu.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: As of 2016, the year before Trump took office, there were at least six warehouses holding approximately $7 billion in products, including more than 16,000 ventilators.[1]
: non-sequitursee definition - response that doesn't follow logically from or isn't related to anything previously asked or said.
: Harris turns a question about Biden's age into a summation of her life story, from birth to becoming a U.S. Senator, without answering the question.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Repealing the bill would take time, requiring Congress to pass new legislation.[2]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: The claim that Trump's tax bill incentivized offshoring is not confirmed in the available data.[4]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Crediting the Trump tax cut for the rise in blue collar wages, when much of those gains can be attributed to minimum wage increases at the state level.[5]
: 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 Harris did say Biden would raise taxes on those making over 400K, she said nothing about raising taxes on anyone else.[5]
: 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 Biden's plan does call for reducing reliance on fossil fuels and fracking, he doesn't plan to ban either.[1]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Biden has not committed either way to fully keeping or eliminating the tariffs on China.[2]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Biden (and Harris at 26:37) did actually say that he would repeal the Trump tax cuts, without making any distinction.[6]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Harris mentions that Biden won't ban fracking, while ignoring that he would indeed ban new leases on federal land.[2]
: reversal of realitysee definition - a statement that is not only verifiably false, but is the exact opposite of the truth.
: The bill backed by Trump would remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions and allow insurers to potentially price them out of the market.[7]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Crediting the administration for U.S. air and water pollutants being at their lowest levels, when they had already been declining for the past 40 years as a result of EPA regulations.[2]
: reversal of realitysee definition - a statement that is not only verifiably false, but is the exact opposite of the truth.
: Trump's public comments on climate change make it clear that he either dismisses or mocks the science.[8]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Most of the European Union countries in the Paris Climate Accord have seen declines of CO2 emissions twice that of the U.S.[2]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: While the number of hurricanes are generally the same as they were 100 years ago, today's are stronger and more deadly.[9]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Harris mentions that Biden won't ban fracking, while ignoring that he would indeed ban new leases on federal land.[2]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Pence highlights statements Biden and Harris have made, while ignoring Biden's actual plan, which calls for raising taxes on the top 1% and banning only new leases for fracking on public land.[1][2]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The China trade war resulted in 300,000 fewer jobs, but not just in manufacturing, and the 300K refers to jobs that might have been created, not jobs lost.[1]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: Biden is a "cheerleader for China."
: 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 Biden did say Trump had a history of being hysterical and xenophobic, he didn't say his decision to ban travel from China was hysterical and xenophobic.[2]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Crediting Trump for NATO spending increasing, when NATO spending had already been increasing consistently in response to Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014.[10]
: accuse of lyingsee definition - reacting to undesirable truths simply with accusations of lies and lying.
: Pence calls absurd Harris's claims about Trump's lack of reverence for military personnel, when many of her claims are easily verifiable.[11]
: virtue by associationsee definition - championing public symbols that carry respect, authority, sanction, and prestige to assume the respect, authority, sanction, and prestige of those symbols.
: Religion, Catholicism.
: 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 Biden and Harris support codifying Roe v. Wade, neither has indicated they support abortion up until the moment of birth.[2]
: pointed questionsee definition - a question that is difficult to answer in an ambiguous manner without appearing to be evading or dodging.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Harris shifts the focus from Biden potentially packing the Supreme Court to Trump packing the lower courts.
: 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 not condemn white supremacists, he didn't "refuse to" condemn white supremacists.[12]
: red herringsee definition - throwing one irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Pence suggests that Trump having a Jewish son in-law somehow proves he can't be racist or anti-Semitic.
: bandwagonsee definition - creating social pressure to conform by promoting a sense of group-membership or inevitable victory.
: false equivalencysee definition - implying that two things are essentially the same, when they only have anecdotal similarities.
: Between Democrats calling for and going through the impeachment process and Trump trying to subvert the electoral process.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The IG's report released in December 2019 found no evidence of "spying"
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The documents released were handwritten notes from John Brennen, referring to intelligence received from Russian sources.[13]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The Mueller Report did not conclude that there was no obstruction and/or no collusion.[8][14]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: A "phone call" where Trump tried to pressure a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election.[15]
: out of contextsee definition - removing a passage or quote from its surrounding context in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.
: What Clinton actually said was under no circumstances should Biden concede the election, until all the votes have been counted.[1]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: The voter fraud commission, which Pence himself chaired, failed to find any substantive evidence of voter fraud in the U.S.[7]

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References
1. "FactChecking the Vice Presidential Debate". FactCheck.org. Published: October 08, 2020.

2. "Fact-Checking the Vice-Presidential Debate". The New York Times. Published: October 08, 2020.

3. "AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the virus-era China ban that isn't". AP News. Published: July 18, 2020.

7. "Harris vs. Pence: Vice presidential debate updates and analysis". NBCNews.com. Published: October 08, 2020.

8. "AP FACT CHECK: Pence on climate, Harris on taxes, in debate". AP News. Published: October 08, 2020.

10. "NATO Defense Funds Have Been Building for Years, but Trump Wants the Credit". Foreignpolicy.com. Published: December 03, 2019.

12. "Did Trump 'Refuse to Condemn' White Supremacists at Debate?". Snopes.com. Published: September 30, 2020.

13. "Pence's allegations about Hillary Clinton: A guide for the perplexed". The Washington Post. Published: October 09, 2020.

14. "AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Barr distort Mueller report findings". AP News. Published: May 01, 2019.

15. "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump's presidency". AP News. Published: October 12, 2019.

16. "The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Corona Virus". The New York Times. Published: August 08, 2020.