Full coverage of the 2020 Georgia U.S. Senate runoff debate between Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock.

By Michael Gordon
12/30/2020 • 06:32 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.
: There are actually 132 cases under investigation, the majority of which involve procedural matters unrelated to voter fraud.[1]
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: If the opposition wins, they will raise taxes on Georgians, defund the police, open the borders, implement the Green New Deal.[2]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: There are actually 132 cases under investigation, the majority of which involve procedural matters unrelated to voter fraud.[1]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler associates the opposition with socialism.
: 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.
: 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.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Warnock labels Loeffler as a out of touch elite.
: 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.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: ad hominemsee definition - attacking the character or motive of your opponent, while not refuting his facts or logic.
: Warnock focuses on Loeffler's motive for attacking remarks he's made, while not addressing the remarks he's made.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: 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.
: The police, the military
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: There are actually 132 cases under investigation, the vast majority of which involve procedural matters unrelated to voter fraud.[1]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: 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.
: The police, the military.
: loaded questionsee definition - presenting a question that has a presumption of guilt built into it.
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: While Loeffler was acquitted of any wrongdoing, she was never charged with a crime, so she couldn't have been exonerated.[3]
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: If the opposition wins, they will defund the police, raise taxes, and implement the Green New Deal that would crush jobs.[2]
: loaded questionsee definition - presenting a question that has a presumption of guilt built into it.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: 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.
: The police, the military, Israel.
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: If the opposition wins, they will defund the police, force lock downs, raise taxes, open the borders, fund illegal immigrant healthcare, and defund the military.[2]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal, out-of-state funded, rubber stamp for Schumer.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: 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.
: The police.
: 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 Warnock did say some police in Ferguson had a "gangster and thug mentality," he didn't call all police gangsters and thugs.[4]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal, rubber stamp for Schumer and Pelosi.
: 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.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal and a socialist.
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "She was appointed. The people of Georgia have been disappointed."
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Warnock labels Loeffler as an out of touch elite.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: 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.
: Loeffler uses Warnock's working at a church that welcomed Castro to link him to communism.[5]
: 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.
: Loeffler uses a comment Warnock made during 2008 interview, where he mentioned Jeremiah Wright, to link Warnock to anti-Semitism.[6]
: 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.
: The police, the military.
: 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, the military, whiteness, Israel.
: 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.
: Warnock trivializes his being pro-choice in light of issues like infant and maternal mortality.
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: Warnock wants to institute socialism, increase taxes, take away our private insurance, have government run healthcare, open our borders, grant amnesty, and give free healthcare to illegals.[2]
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: The opposition wants socialism, high taxes, big government, open borders, defunding the police, lock downs, and to change the way of life for not only Georgians, but the country.[2]
: fear-mongeringsee definition - making frightening and exaggerated warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and diminish rationality about an issue.
: The opposition wants to keep people locked down and radically change the country, and Warnock wants to defund the police, and the very way of life for Georgians is in danger.[2]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Loeffler voted against a catch-all spending bill, which included money for community policing (COPS), but there's no evidence that COPS funding was the reason for her "no" vote.[7]
: 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.
: Warnock trivializes the importance of knowing what his position is on the size of SCOTUS, in light of other things like COVID 19 relief.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Warnock labels Loeffler as an out of touch elite.
: 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.
: Warnock trivializes whatever his position might be on the size of SCOTUS, in the face of everyday people's struggles with the pandemic.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler cast Warnock as a radical liberal.
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Loeffler declares Warnock would not only increase the size of SCOTUS, but would pack it with radicals justices that would override the Constitution.
: 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.
: The police.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Loeffler mentions Warnock's call for ending cash bail, without mentioning he just wants to do it for nonviolent offenses.[8]
: 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.
: Warnock uses Loeffler's accepting Marjorie Taylor Greene's endorsement and being interviewed with Jack Posobiec, to suggest she's racist.[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.
: Loeffler uses a comment Warnock made during 2008 interview, where he mentioned Jeremiah Wright, to link Warnock to anti-Semitism.[6]
: 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 the accusation of inappropriately trading stocks may be considered an attack on Loeffler, it's not an attack on every single Georgian or the America dream.
: 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
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler casts herself as the American dream and Warnock as socialism, and suggests the upcoming election is a choice between the American dream and socialism.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler casts Warnock as a radial liberal.
: 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.
: Our military, the police.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Loeffler again associates Warnock with socialism.
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: They have no vision, so they engage in division.

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References
1. "Georgia officials overstated election investigations". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Published: December 17, 2020.

2. "RNC fact check: First night speakers spin". Roll Call. Published: August 25, 2020.

4. "Ad Links Warnock to 'Defunding the Police'". FactCheck.org. Published: November 25, 2020.