Debate Topics

 

1. Resolved, the framers of the Constitution would approve of the modern presidency

†††† Pro: David Nichols

†††† Con: Terri Bimes

2. Resolved, the unitary executive is a myth

†††† Pro: Richard J. Ellis

†††† Con: Saikrishna Prakash

3. Resolved, political parties should nominate candidates for the presidency through a national primary.

†††† Pro: Michael Nelson

†††† Con: Andrew E. Busch

4. Resolved, the president should be elected directly by the people.

†††† Pro: Burdett Loomis

††† Con: Byron E. Shafer

5. Resolved, the 22nd Amendment should be repealed.

†††† Pro: David Karol

†††† Con: Thomas E. Cronin

6. Resolved, the new media have brought the president closer to the people.

†††† Pro: Matthew R. Kerbel

†††† Con: Jeffrey E. Cohen
7. Resolved, presidential success and failure have more to do with political time than with a presidentís character and leadership qualities.

†††† Pro: Stephen Skowronek

†††† Con: Fred I. Greenstein

8. Resolved, presidential power is (still) the power to persuade.

†††† Pro: Matt Dickinson

†††† Con: George C. Edwards III

9. Resolved, Congress should be required to vote up or down on legislation proposed by the president.

†††† Pro: William G. Howell and Terry Moe

†††† Con: B.Dan Wood

10. Resolved, presidents have usurped the war power that rightfully belongs to Congress.

††††† Pro: Nancy Kassop

††††† Con: Richard M. Pious

11. Resolved, presidential signing statements threaten the rule of law and the separation of powers.

†††† Pro: Peter M. Shane

†††† Con: Nelson Lund

12. Resolved, executive orders and other unilateral presidential directives undermine democracy.

†††† Pro: Gene Healey

†††† Con: Andrew Rudalevige

13. Resolved, the president has too much power in the selection of judges.

†††† Pro: David A. Yalof

†††† Con: John Anthony Maltese
14. Resolved, the vice-presidency should be abolished.

††††† Pro: Douglas L. Kriner

††††† Joel K. Goldstein


 


Debate Assignments and Dates

Date

9/21

9/28

10/5

10/19

10/26

11/2

11/9

11/16

11/21

11/30

12/5

 

Name/Debate Topic

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13

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Blair, Donald

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronold, John Lawrence

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bustamante, Sergio Fernando

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlton, Brandon James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Cheung, Stephanie Yan Yee

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Clemons, Frederick Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Cooper, James Trenton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Crews, Courtney Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darwin, Allison Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Davis, Ashtyn Nicole

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deleon, Emilee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Dudley, Nicholas Warren

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernand, Christian Andrew

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garcia, Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Gillispie, Nicholas Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Gomathinayagam, Suganthi Kalaiselvi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Hancock, Connor Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Herrera, Logan Tyler

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim, Moudjahid Ahmat

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerr, Taylor Marie

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knapp, Joshua Brayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Lehmann, Calvin Russel

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Lennon, Bradley Wade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Lucius, Blair Elise

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malatek, Jacob Ryan

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McAnelly, Avery Conor

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

McDougald, Kolton Bradley

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozarchuk, Lauren Michelle

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peters, Kevin Reyes

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodgers, Grant Alexander

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanchez, Jesse Mark

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandoval-Flores, David Antonio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Smith, Tyler Watson

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanos, Alexandria Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas, Wyatt Edward

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walters, Katherine Elizabeth

 

 

X