Full coverage of the 2022 Arizona U.S. Senate debate between Mark Kelly and Blake Masters.

By Grace Lovins and Charlotte Jones
10/30/2022 • 08:34 AM EST

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: 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 Kelly has supported most Biden policies, he hasn't backed Biden every single 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.
: While Masters once brought up social security privatization as an option for future generations, he never suggested doing it now.[2]
: 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.
: 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 Masters once brought up social security privatization as an option for future generations, he never suggested doing it now.[2]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Masters mentions Biden policies for giving rise to inflation, while ignoring the greater stimulus spending that occurred under Trump.[3]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Masters mentions Biden energy policies for oil prices surging, while ignoring greater contributing factors like Covid and the war in Ukraine.[4]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Masters mentions stimulus spending under Biden for giving rise to inflation, while ignoring the greater stimulus spending that occurred under Trump.[3]
: passing the bucksee definition - shifting blame onto someone else for self-exoneration or to direct attention away from those really at fault.
: For inflation only to Covid, when many economists say the decision to flood the economy with stimulus money helped fuel inflation.[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 Masters once brought up social security privatization as an option for future generations, he never suggested doing it now.[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.
: While Kelly has supported most Biden policies, he hasn't backed Biden every single time.[1]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: If the IRS uses the funds to hire new agents, it won't be immediate, but over 10 years, to replace 50,000 IRS agents who will be retiring.[6]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: While Mark Kelly voted for stimulus checks under the American Rescue Plan, he never voted to send those checks to illegal aliens.[7]
: FUDsee definition - making dire warnings or raising doubt about an issue, while provided little or no specifics or evidence to support the claims.
: Warning that all the IRS agents hired will be indiscriminately auditing everyone by this time next year.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Kelly "said no" to a GOP proposed amendment that required hiring 18,000 border patrol agents before a single IRS agent could be hired.[8]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: While roughly $1 billion was granted for Customs and Border Protection, only about 10% went toward increasing border patrol agents.[6]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Kelly voted against an amendment that required hiring 18,000 border patrol agents before a single IRS agent could be hired.[8]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Record numbers of illegal aliens, when they come here, are arrested and over 1/3rd are deported.[9][10]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Undocumented immigrants are not treated better than U.S. military service members.[11]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Arrests along the southern border for 2022 are the highest ever recorded and about 36% of those crossing the border are deported.[9][10]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Kelly's action taken while in office indicate he does not support open borders and has pushed Biden to do more.[12]
: 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.
: Masters uses the false claim that the border is "wide open" to link Kelly to terrorist narcos.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Arrests along the southern border for 2022 are the highest ever recorded.[9][10]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but no evidence could be found to support the claim.
: 90% of border patrol agents would say they are disgusted with Mark Kelly.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Arrests along the southern border for 2022 are the highest ever recorded.[9][10]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Arrests along the southern border for 2022 are the highest ever recorded.[9][10]
: 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 Masters does want a national abortion ban, even in cases of rape, the ban applies only to abortions after the 3rd trimester.[13]
: 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 Kelly did sponsor a bill that would allow abortion up until the moment of birth, it would be only if the life of the mother is at risk.[14]
: 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.
: Masters uses Kelly's vote for the Women's Health Protection Act to link him to Warren, Sanders, AOC, China, and North Korea.
: projectionsee definition - accusing an opponent of using the same underhanded tactics or committing the same misdeeds the accuser is guilty of.
: Masters, who just recently changed his radical positions on abortion, accuses Kelly of lying about his positions, while he accuses Kelly of being a radical on abortion.[15]
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Masters defends the positions he has on his website now, which have no relation to the positions he had on his website two months ago.[13]
: 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 Kelly's legislation would allow abortion up until birth, it would be only if the life of the mother is at risk.[14]
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Masters brings up Arizona's 15-week law and Graham's bill on abortion, when both have no relation to the positions he held on abortion two months ago.[13]
: ad hominemsee definition - attacking the character or motive of the person making an argument, rather than attacking the argument itself.
: Kelly attacks Masters' character, while not challenging the merits of his positions.
: 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 Kelly's policy would allow abortion up until birth, it would be only if the life of the mother is at risk.[14]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The FBI warned Facebook and other big tech companies about amplifying Russian disinformation before the election and played no direct role in suppressing the Hunter Biden story.[16][17]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The FBI didn't "work with" big tech and big media to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story. Big tech did that independently.[16][17]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The FBI was not "working with" big tech or the media and played no direct role in suppressing the Hunter Biden story. Big tech did that independently.[16][17]
: honor by associationsee definition - championing cultural sacred cows to assume the respect, authority, sanction, and prestige of those symbols.
: Veterans, the military.
: 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.
: 57% of Arizona vets and 72% of active duty military support Masters, according to his own "latest internal polling."
: appeal to traditionsee definition - suggesting that a long-standing practice must be better than newer alternatives and that abandoning it could have detrimental implications.
: Of using gender pronouns strictly according to someone's assigned sex at birth.

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References
1. "Mark Kelly's breaks with Biden pile up". Politico. Published: April 05, 2022.

2. "Blake Masters “wants to privatize” Social Security.". Politifact. Published: October 28, 2022.

3. "Fact-checking Republican attempts to blame inflation on Democrats". CNN Politics. Published: August 06, 2021.

4. "Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Gas Prices". The New York Times. Published: March 09, 2022.

5. "Rapid Inflation Fuels Debate Over What’s to Blame: Pandemic or Policy". The New York Times. Published: January 22, 2022.