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Debate with a Conservative

May 4, 2010

For years, I have debated conservatives before an audience of juniors and senior high school students from across the country as part of the “Close-Up” Program. Very few of them have been filmed but this one was. The kids ask the questions, and a designated conservative and I answer them. Lee Doren, the conservative I debated posted the video on Youtube.

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  • Brian Schueler May 19, 2010 12:14 am

    I was actually in attendance at this debate, one of the close up kids. Cool stuff!

    Commenting on the debate, It was good, and apart from the volume side of things, was pretty evenly matched I would say.

    Lee Doren didnt adequetly define how a student could take the federal funds to a school of his choice effectivly. That was an important topic, and really didnt get addressed to my liking. Further, Lee should have examined how the social welfare programs are unsustainable, especially medicare and medicide when examining health care reform. If the points had been made with charisma, they would have hit harder.

    Now on to my analysis of Mark. After talking face to face with the guy, its obvious he knows his stuff, but during the debate, his points were very broad, and full of huge claims. The point that Paris hilton might have to sell a yaght was an oversimplistic way to look at a incredibly complex tax code, and the ramifications of corperate, and high individual taxes. Points all over the place for charisma, but rock solid argumentation, not enough to convince me.

    Thanks for the experience Mark, my parents were pretty suprised that i got to meet you face to face. Frankly, I was too 🙂

  • Keith May 14, 2010 3:19 pm

    My only problem with the debate is the way you handled yourself. Lee seemed to stick to the facts of his views. You seemed to come out and try to take cheap shots at the other side. I understand that the point of a debate is to win over the crowd, I just think you could have won them over without the tatics you used.

    I am glad I found your website and got to listen to one of your previous radio shows. I now have a better understanding where you are coming from. I respect your views even though I disagree with you on a few issues(like the role of Federal Government).

  • Mark May 13, 2010 5:53 pm

    If you disagree with me, may I suggest you call into my show and tell me why?

  • .45CaliberCure May 13, 2010 5:32 pm

    How many straw men did You throw out there Levine? Unbelievable. Guess you better stick to middle and high schools genius. How can you lie so blatantly?