Campbell Previous Debates

January 23, 2014

This Assembly Supports a Campus-Wide Ban on Tobacco

For the proposition:

Cliff Douglas, Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network

Duane Ford, Former Vice President of the S.U. Student Association


Against the proposition:

Senator John DeFrancisco, New York State Senator and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Alexandra Curtis, Former President of the S.U. Student Association


October 16, 2013

This Assembly Supports the State Casino Referendum

For the proposition:

Marc Baez, Citizens for NYS Gaming, Inc.

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York, Inc.

Against the proposition:

David Blankenhorn, President, Institute for American Values

Stephen Shafer, Chairman, Coalition Against Gambling in New York


April 18, 2013

Held at the U.S. Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center, Washington D.C.
This Assembly Believes the Current System of Campaign Finance Is Broken

For the proposition:

Marc Elias, Partner, Perkins Coie, General Counsel, Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign, General Counsel, Dodd 2008 primary campaign, Franken 2008 recount

David Mason, Senior Vice President, Aristotle, former Commissioner and Chair, Federal Election Commission

Against the proposition:

Robert Edgar, President, Common Cause, former General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ, former Member of Congress (D-Pa)

Benjamin Barr, Counsel, Wyoming Liberty Group, counsel in Carey v. FEC and Free Speech v. FEC


April 5, 2013 

This Assembly Supports the NY Safe Act - Watch the Debate

For the proposition:

Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Robert Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor, State University of New York - Cortland, author of The Politics of Gun Control, panelist on WCNY-TV The Ivory Tower 

Against the proposition:

Will Barclay, New York State Assemblyman

John Lott, Political commentator, author of More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, Freedomnomics, and At the Brink


November 30, 2012

This Assembly Believes Hydrofracking Does More Harm Than Good - Watch the Debate

For the proposition:

Paul Gallay, President, Hudson Riverkeeper

Robert Howarth, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Against the proposition:

Tim Whitesell, Supervisor, Town of Binghamton and President, New York Association of Towns

Ed Hinchey, Professional Geologist and Independent Consultant


April 26, 2012

This Assembly Believes Religion Is Hurting Our Politics

For the proposition:

Tim Byrnes, Professor of Political Science, Colgate University, author of Catholic Bishops in American Politics, panelist on WCNY-TV The Ivory Tower 

Susan Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology and former President, Chicago Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, author of Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World, weekly "On Faith" columnist for the Washington Post

Against the proposition:

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union, Co-author, The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency

Lawrence Mead, Professor of Political Science, New York University, former visiting professor, Princeton University and Harvard University, author of Expanding Work Programs for Poor Men and The New Paternalism: Supervisory Approaches to Poverty


Inaugural Debate: February 1, 2012 

Proposition: This Assembly Would Increase Taxes on the Wealthy - Watch the Debate

For the proposition:

Leonard Burman, Moynihan Chair of Public Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University; former director of the Tax Policy Center

Jennifer Hamlin-Navias, United Church of Christ and Unitarian-Universalist Minister, Associate Minister of Religious Education at May Memorial Unitarian-Universalist Church

Eliot Spitzer, former Governor and Attorney General of the State of New York

Against the proposition:

John DeFrancisco, New York State Senator, 50th District, and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, columnist for the National Review, former Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Deborah Warner, Vice President for Public Policy, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

Debate: Spitzer Debate-DeFrancisco