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 Resolved, the 22nd Amendment should be repealed.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

9/20

9/27

10/4

10/18

10/25

11/1

11/8

11/15

11/20

11/29

12/4

 

Name/Debate Topic

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13

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Asper, Daniel Paul

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bochow, Clayton Carl

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cain, Bradley Paul

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis, Brittany Nichole

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gartner, Julianna Clare

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hancock, Harrison Dean

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawthorne, Wesley Don

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Hayford, Abbey Marie

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hinkle, Tyler Gregory

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly, Harris Mitchell

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecroy, Joe Charles

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luna, Alejandra

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maier, Meaghan Lindsey

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McBride, Rachael Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick, Melissa Martin Maher

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metzler, Jeffrey Jake

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miers, Megan Leigh

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moore, Jordan Ashlye

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murphy, Kyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Reddell, Adam Brent

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riemenschneider, Miller James

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Salinas, Tristan Randal

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Sanchez, Sophia Mae

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shumake, Sarah McKenzie

 

 

 

 

X