Straw Person Argument: Patrick vs. Senate GOP Leaders

When Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) says the Republican leaders’ “number-one agenda is to slow down the recovery of our economy,” he is attributing a position to them that he has failed to establish they hold.

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Insinuation: Cruz vs. Hagel

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) makes insinuations about former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) at the Senate confirmation hearing on his nomination as secretary of defense.

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Ad Hominem: Matthews vs. Cruz

MSNBC host Chris Matthews engages in an illegitimate ad hominem attack against Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) when discussing the senator’s conduct during former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing for secretary of defense.

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Overgeneralization: Obama on Investing in Early Childhood Education

President Obama (D) overgeneralizes when, in his 2013 State of the Union address, he claims, “Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on.”

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Overgeneralization: Obama on Early Education Studies

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, points out that President Obama overgeneralized when discussing the benefits of pre-K education.

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Straw Person Argument: Rubio vs. Obama

When Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) says President Obama believes “our free enterprise economy” is “the cause of our problems,” he is ascribing a view to him that President Obama has not expressed.

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Slippery Slope: ‘Killing Americans’ with drones

Lt. Col. Bill Cowan’s assertion that “killing Americans overseas with drones” will lead to “killing Americans in this country with drones,” is an illegitimate slippery slope argument.

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Temporal Association: Winning Our Future vs. Mitt Romney

A web video by the third-party group calling itself Winning Our Future attacks former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) by using the logical fallacy known as “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.”

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False Choice: Wayne LaPierre ‘Tax them or take them’

When referring to a supposed federal gun registry, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre presents a false choice.

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