When the College Republicans and Young Democrats get together, passions flair.
At the spring debate between the two groups moderated by the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, questions about policy were laced with a competitive fever.
Topics addressed at the debate were diverse, ranging from the admission of out-of-state students to Mexican gang violence, with each side fiercely defending party opinions.
The debate was the second to be hosted by Di-Phi this academic year.
Austin Gilmore, political director of the Young Democrats, opened the debate by saying it would become apparent that Democrats best embodied the ideals of the Constitution as the debate progressed.
“GOP tries to cut programs that apply to women and minorities,” he said. “They divide our people.”
The first issue raised concerned a conflict south of the Mexican border. Both sides were asked what the United States should do to combat Mexican gang violence.
Representatives from the College Republicans argued that the U.S. government should legalize drugs, adding that drug abuse was a health problem, not a criminal problem.
The Young Democrats rebutted by saying that they would find few Republicans who would actually support that idea.