Full coverage of the 2021 Terry McAuliffe vs. Glenn Youngkin Virginia Gubernatorial debate.

By Angela Fraioli and Michael Gordon
01/05/2022 • 09:45 AM EST

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: baseless claimsee definition - a bold statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, with no discernable evidence to support the claim.
: Public service announcements (PSAs) don't accomplish anything.
: poisoning the wellsee definition - discrediting your opponent to an audience in advance, in order to encourage dismissing any future claims or accusations they may make against you.
: Youngkin preemptively discredits anything McAuliffe will say as lies, excuses, or radical positions.
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Youngkin shifts the focus from him being anti-vax to McAuliffe being anti-vax (by virtue of him appointing someone who's anti-vax).
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Youngkin shifts the focus from his involvement with the Carlyle Group to McAuliffe's involvement with the Carlyle Group.
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship at all may exist.
: Taking credit for dropping unemployment, while McAuliffe was in office, when it was dropping at about the same rate in other states during that time.[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.
: Youngkin has expressed support for limiting access to late term abortions, NOT for a total ban on abortions or defunding Planned Parenthood.[2]
: fear-mongeringsee definition - spreading exaggerated rumors or dire warnings of impending danger to arouse fear and undermine rational thinking about an issue.
: Warning that Virginia could end up with the more extreme Texas abortion law, when Youngkin has already stated he doesn't support it.
: muddy the waterssee definition - bringing up irrelevant facts to confuse or complicate an issue, which may otherwise be relatively simple and easy to understand.
: Youngkin brings up the Texas abortion law and answers the question for the Texas law, rather than address the proposed abortion law in question.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Youngkin casts McAuliffe as the abortion governor and himself as the jobs governor.
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Youngkin casts McAuliffe as an extreme pro-abortionist.
: 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.
: Youngkin did get recorded saying he would support further restrictions to abortions, NOT that he was for banning abortions or defunding Planned Parenthood.[2]
: 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.
: McAuliffe did say he wants to "make life difficult" for those who refuse to get a Covid vaccine, NOT all Virginians.[3]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The economic plan McAuliffe is talking about is no longer Youngkin's plan since August.[4]
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Youngkin highlights only the murder rate, while not mentioning that Virginia had one of the lowest crime rates in the country when McAuliffe was in office.[5]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: McAuliffe mentions that he supports qualified immunity, without mentioning he called for ending qualified immunity in April.[6]
: adding qualifierssee definition - adding an extra word or phrase to a response, which makes it ultimately meaningless, but still leaves the desired impression.
: McAuliffe touts Virginia having the lowest crime rate of any "major" state when he was governor, which is not saying Virginia had the lowest crime rate of any state when he was governor.[7]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: While Virginia did have a low crime rate, it was never the lowest in America.[7]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The "economic plan" McAuliffe is talking about is no longer Youngkin's economic plan since August.[4]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The "plan" McAuliffe keeps referring to, to eliminate the state income tax, has not been Youngkin's economic plan since August.[4]
: labelingsee definition - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category.
: Youngkin casts McAuliffe as Pinocchio, the storybook character famous for repeatedly telling lies.
: appeal to compromised authoritysee definition - insisting something is true because an expert on the issue says it's true, when that expert has a vested interest in the outcome.
: The author of the Jefferson Institute report was involved in a paid capacity with Republican members of Virginia’s General Assembly.[8]
: guilt by associationsee definition - using an opponent's links to another person or group to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent.
: McAuliffe uses the endorsement of Youngkin by Trump to identify Youngkin with Trump.
: 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.
: Youngkin said "Trump represents so much of why I'm running," NOT "So much of the reason why I'm running is because of Donald Trump."[9]
: hyperbolesee definition - an extravagant statement or figure of speech used for effect, not intended to be taken literally.
: Characterizing Youngkin's lack of support for mandating Covid-19 vaccinations as Youngkin's plan to "unleash Covid" on Virginians.
: out of contextsee definition - removing a passage or quote from its surrounding context in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.
: In a panel discussion at a conference where Youngkin was moderating and McAuliffe was a panelist, Youngkin was actually asking McAuliffe to explain to the audience how he recruits foreign businesses to Virginia.[10]
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding an often more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Youngkin lists a presentation at a 2015 conference and a recommended book on the BOE website, while ignoring the absence of any evidence that CRT is actually being taught in any of the state’s 1,825 public schools.[11]
: dog whistlesee definition - ambiguous messaging used to stoke racial fear and anxiety and/or to covertly signal allegiance to certain subgroups of an audience.
: Opposing "critical race theory" could be signaling support for perpetuating systemic racism by portraying any institutional recognition of racial inequity in the country as racist or unAmerican.[12]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The "plan" McAuliffe is talking about is no longer Youngkin's plan since August.[4]
: guilt by associationsee definition - using an opponent's links to another person or group to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent.
: McAuliffe again uses the endorsement of Youngkin by Trump to identify Youngkin with Trump.
: 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.
: Youngkin has said "Trump represents so much of why I'm running," NOT "So much of the reason why I'm running is because of Donald Trump."[9]

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References
4. "Fact-checking the first McAuliffe-Youngkin debate". Politifact. Published: September 17, 2021.

5. "Youngkin’s claims about Virginia crime rates under McAuliffe". The Washington Post. Published: August 26, 2021.

6. "McAuliffe flip-flops on qualified immunity". Politifact. Published: September 29, 2021.

7. "Verify: Fact-checking the Virginia Governor's Debate". WUSA. Published: September 17, 2021.

8. "Youngkin, McAuliffe target each other with false attack ads". The Washington Post. Published: October 14, 2021.

9. "Honored | Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor 2021". Terry McAuliffe. Published: June 30, 2021.

10. "The Story Behind a McAuliffe Ad Touting Youngkin Praise". Politifact. Published: June 30, 2021.

12. "The Anatomy of a Dog Whistle". The Nation. Published: November 09, 2021.