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The Heartfelt Pitch

Pitch Type:  Emotional 

The Heartfelt Pitch is a crowd pleasing statement that speaks to the heart. This technique can reduce the chance of dissent for a potentially debatable claim.

What's a Pitch?

A pitch is a label for a commonly used argument or persuasion strategy.

Blog Post on Pitches


Barack Obama    United States President
Let me be as clear as possible... I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president. ... How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics...

Oprah Winfrey    Talk Show Host
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.

Barack Obama    United States President
A couple weeks ago, cops found an AK-47 near a West Side school... ...That type of weapon belongs on a battlefield, not on the streets of Chicago.

Conan O' Brien    Comedian, Talk Show Host
All I ask of you, especially young people, is one thing. Please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism - it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen.

Oprah Winfrey    Talk Show Host
It isn't enough to tell the truth. We need politicians who know how to be the truth.

Barack Obama    United States President
[Our] values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.

George W. Bush    United States President 2001-2009
The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.

Mahatma Gandhi    Indian Political and Spiritual Leader
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Context: Is revenge OK?

Colin Powell    Former U.S. Secretary of State
He is not a Muslim, he's [always been] a Christian. ... But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Mahatma Gandhi    Indian Political and Spiritual Leader
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.

Glenn Beck    TV Host, Political Commenator, Conservative
I understood my father more than I ever have before. "This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you." I remember getting spanked by my father. It hurt but it wasn't like that. Last night I cried my -- I really did. I cried myself to sleep last night. I woke up in the middle of the night. I started crying again. It tore me apart to spank my son, and I'm not going to tell him that. Last night I mastered that look, man. I mastered the look of, you don't even want to mess with me.

Bill Clinton    Former President of the United States
Most the people I've known in this business, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, were good people, honest people, and they did what they thought was right. And I hope that I'll live long enough to see American politics return to vigorous debates where we argue who's right and wrong, not who's good and bad. My experience is, most ... are good people who love their country desperately. And I am profoundly grateful that for a brief period I had a chance to be one of them.

John McCain    U.S. Senator, Republican
The exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother are legitimate [to an outright ban on abortions].