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High School Debaters Judge GOP Candidates’ Debate Performances

Did they Make their points?

January 22, 2024 (newsweek.com) – In this article, eight varsity high school debaters—four from the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA) and four from the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League (SVUDL)—provide their analysis of how four GOP presidential candidates performed during the most recent stretch of primary debates. The student debaters did not focus on the politics of the candidates’ positions; instead, they were concerned with whether the candidates made the most of the debate process and were successful onstage. The students considered how well each candidate answered questions from moderators, how they presented their plans, interacted with other candidates and appealed to audiences.

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