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The Personal Pitch

Pitch Type:  Credibility 

The Personal Pitch uses your own personal experiences to support your viewpoint.

What's a Pitch?

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

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John McCain    U.S. Senator, Republican
I come from a border state. I know how to fix those borders with walls, with UAVs, with sensors, with cameras, with vehicle barriers. They want the border secured first. And I will do that, and, as president...

Michael Shermer    Scientist, Skeptic, Author
I am, by nature, an optimist. ... My optimism, however, has not always served me well. Twice I have been hit by cars [while cycling] that were entirely the result of my blissful attitude that the street corners I had successfully negotiated hundreds of times before would not suddenly materialize an automobile in my path. ...feelings — both positive and negative — too often trump reason. In the end, reality must take precedence over fantasy, regardless of how it makes us feel.

Sigmund Freud    Famous Psychologist
No one who, like me, conjures up the most evil of those half-tamed demons that inhabit the human breast, and seeks to wrestle with them, can expect to come through the struggle unscathed.

Hillary Clinton    US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
This is a very difficult vote. This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make -- any vote that may lead to war should be hard -- but I cast it with conviction. And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation.

Johann Hari    Journalist
I was lucky. I managed to find medication that stopped the agony. [But] Sylvia Plath and the late playwright Sarah Kane tried all the anti-depressants and treatments they could, and none of them worked. They made a rational decision to die. Individuals forced to choose between unbearable pain and death should not be condemned for choosing death; it can be the kindest thing to both themselves and to their families. To dismiss them as "selfish" is a failure of empathy.

Jessica Alba    Actress, Celebrity, Beauty Icon
[When I was 17] I felt this pressure and I couldn't get up, I couldn't scream, I couldn't talk, I couldn't do anything. Something definitely took the covers off me and I definitely couldn't get off the bed, and then, once I did, I screamed, ran to my parents' room and I don't think I spent many nights in that house ever again! There was definitely something in my parents' old house - I don't know what. I can't really explain it. But they got it blessed and they burned sage and stuff since then.
Context: Do ghosts exist?

Jessica Alba    Actress, Celebrity, Beauty Icon
I never fit in with my peer group. I never hung out with kids my age - I always wanted to hang out with my mom and her girlfriends. I was on a TV show when I was 13, and had a tutor for high school. Everyone was like, “Oh, you’re missing out on the high school experience,” so I’d go with my cousins to these parties where there would be a keg and people doing body shots [etc.]. I was like, What a waste of time. I didn’t want to be doing E and making out with a [loser] guy 3 years older than me...

Kate Holden    Author, Former Prostitute
I cannot think of many things worse than forced or coerced prostitution, which too frequently occurs in the illegal brothels and on the street, but a safe and willing prostitute can have either a positive or negative experience, depending on her attitude and situation. I don’t believe prostitution itself is inherently exploitative, but it can be. I found my own experience, ultimately, empowering.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion. ... [It's] Orwellian thinking...

Paul Johnson    Writer
Intellectual fashions come and go. The current one is militant atheism. Waves of atheism have swept the West before. ... My parents were profoundly religious Catholics, who brought me up to share their beliefs. I was educated first by nuns, then by the Jesuits. I have always attended church regularly and said my prayers daily. I'm not sure the human race would survive a prolonged bout of atheism.

Eliezer Yudkowsky    Artificial Intelligence Researcher
How is my religious family to comprehend it, working, as they must, from the assumption that [my brother] was murdered by a benevolent God? The same loving God, I presume, who arranges for millions of children to grow up illiterate and starving; the same kindly tribal father-figure who arranged the Holocaust and the Inquisition's torture of witches. I would not hesitate to call it evil, if any sentient mind had committed such an act, permitted such a thing.
Context: Is God just?

Jessica Valenti    Feminist Activist
...I think the stud/slut [double standard is the worst] and that’s why I wanted it on the cover [of my book] because I think that it relates to so many other forms of discrimination, it hits women the hardest. I think the stud/slut thing is behind a lot of reproductive rights limitations, I think it’s behind a lot of violence against women, and this kind of fear of female sexuality and need to control it at all costs. And also I was called a slut in high school so it was also just personal.