On Thursday, February 22nd, the three political organizations on campus (Young Americans for Liberty, College Democrats, and College Republicans) gathered to do their long-standing tradition of an annual debate. This debate drew in members from all three organizations, some general students, and some community members. We had quite a large crowd watch as this “town hall style” debate unfolded. Three topics were discussed and heavily debated: Immigration, Healthcare, and Gun Control. Two representatives from each organization gave their opening statement on their organization’s principles, and on their summarized opinion.
This hour and a half long debate highlighted the sharp differences between not just each individual organization, but between our YAL chapter and the College Democrats and Republicans, collectively. Surprisingly, at the end of the Q&A session, each organization was asked to say at least one policy in which they agree with the other debaters. Thankfully, through the answer we gave–not just on that one question, but throughout the entire evening, by focusing on liberty first, we managed to recruit three new members (formerly apart of the College Democrats & Republicans).
We are always thankful for the opportunity to discuss our platform with the other two organizations, and look forward to the next debate, which will presumably occur in the fall.Published in