U.S. Election

Be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again...

September 30, 2016

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Will Donald J. Trump be America’s next president? For some, his brash, politically incorrect campaign is the panacea for the Washington and Wall Street elites that have saddled the country with endless wars, an anemic economy, and growing racial division. His boosters believe Trump will usher in a Reagan-like era of domestic prosperity at home, and free America from a destructive global web of counterproductive trade agreements and military entanglements abroad. Trump’s critics are having none of this. They see not a president in waiting, but a dangerously unstable and inexperienced demagogue; one who threatens U.S. democracy and global peace and security. Rather than being a harbinger of the country’s renewal, Trump’s candidacy is supposedly destroying the social fabric of America by demonizing minorities, denigrating women and exacerbating racial differences.

To engage with the controversy of the moment, the Fall 2016 Munk Debate will move the motion: be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again…

The Results

Pre-Debate

14%

Pro

86%

Con

Post-Debate

20%

Pro

80%

Con

Pro wins with 6% vote gain.

The Debaters

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Pro

"If you want to break up the corrupt bureaucratic, incestuous system of Washington, you had better have somebody who's very willing to get in fights."

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Pro

"If you want to break up the corrupt bureaucratic, incestuous system of Washington, you had better have somebody who's very willing to get in fights."

Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, New York Times bestselling author, and Time magazine’s 1995 Man of the Year. Called “the indispensable leader” by The Washington Times, he is the architect of the Contract with America, which led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation and the first tax cut in 16 years.

As an author, Gingrich has published 27 books, including 14 fiction and non-fiction New York Times bestsellers. Non-fiction books include his latest, Breakout, in addition to A Nation Like No Other and To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. He is also the author of a series of historical fiction books, including Gettysburg, 1945, Pearl Harbor and Valley Forge. His latest novel, Duplicity, is a thriller about Washington intrigue and international terrorism.

Gingrich received his bachelor of arts from Georgia’s Emory University and a master’s and doctorate in modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans. Before his election to Congress in 1978, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

Gingrich served as a member of the Defense Policy Board and was on the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. He founded and chaired several policy think tanks, including American Solutions for Winning the Future and the Center for Health Transformation. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on the United Nations, a bi-partisan Congressional effort to reform the U.N.

Gingrich is a former Fox News contributor, a senior advisor at global law firm Dentons and a senior scientist at the U.S. research firm Gallup Inc.

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Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham

Pro

"America needs renewal. America needs a leader who sees his job solely as making the lives of the average Americans better."

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham

Pro

America needs renewal. America needs a leader who sees his job solely as making the lives of the average Americans better.

Laura Ingraham is the host of the syndicated talk radio show “The Laura Ingraham Show,” which airs in 225 markets in the United States. She is a regular contributor on Fox News Channel as well as the editor-in-chief and founder of the website LifeZette, which bills itself as a cultural and political news source for conservatives and independents.

Ingraham gave a high-profile speech at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 in Cleveland. She used the opportunity to chastise fellow Republican hold-outs for not supporting Donald Trump in his nomination bid, which was ultimately successful.

Ingraham is the author of No. 1 New York Times bestsellers Power to the People and The Obama Diaries, as well as Shut Up and Sing and The Hillary Trap.

A graduate of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, Ingraham has worked as a defence attorney, served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States and was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan’s administration.

She has three young children—all adopted—and is a passionate advocate for both domestic and international adoption efforts. She and her family reside in Washington, D.C.

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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Con

"This man doesn't have the character or the temperament to be president. Trump's election would endanger America and everything we believe in and stand for."

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Con

This man doesn't have the character or the temperament to be president. Trump's election would endanger America and everything we believe in and stand for.

Hailed one of America’s top ten thought leaders by the Wall Street Journal, economist Robert B. Reich has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board. In 2008 TIME magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet members of the past century.

As the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Labor, Reich headed the administration’s successful effort to raise the minimum wage, and secured workers’ pensions. Under his leadership, the Department of Labor won more than thirty awards for innovation.

One of the world’s leading thinkers about work and the economy, Reich is the author of fourteen books, including his most recent work, Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it. His other books include Supercapitalism, which warned of the perils of an under-regulated and over-leveraged financial system; and the 2010 best seller Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, which looks at where the economy is heading after the Great Recession and what to expect over the next decade.

Professor Reich has a nationally syndicated column and writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Financial Times. His commentaries are heard regularly on public radio. He is a contributor to CNBC, and a frequent panelist on ABC’s This Weekand other television programs. In late 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Prize, in Prague, for his original contributions to economic thinking.

He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He currently serves as Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm

Con

"At a moment when we need someone to heal, to bring people together, Trump has alienated women, he has alienated Mexicans, he has alienated Muslims, he has alienated Jewish-Americans, you name it."

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm

Con

At a moment when we need someone to heal, to bring people together, Trump has alienated women, he has alienated Mexicans, he has alienated Muslims, he has alienated Jewish-Americans, you name it.

Former two-term governor of Michigan, Jennifer M. Granholm, was the first woman to be elected as governor of that state, in 2002. In 2006 she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in Michigan. She is credited with leading the state though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change.

As governor, Granholm championed clean energy policies, working with business and labour, Republicans and Democrats, to create new economic opportunities and jobs in Michigan. She led an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America, with a plan that targeted battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar and wind power.

Granholm also focused on creating jobs, attracting international investment, improving education and training Michigan’s workers to promote the state’s long-term economic health. She advocated for doubling the number of college graduates in Michigan and signed into law a college prep curriculum for every high school student in the state.

Prior to her tenure as governor, Granholm served as Michigan’s attorney general, from 1998 to 2002. After her last term as governor, Granholm began teaching law and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she continues to serve as faculty. Granholm is also a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an ABC News contributor and the co-author of the political bestseller A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. Granholm is also an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she is a senior partner on energy policy, and a senior advisor to Correct the Record – a research and response organization created to defend Clinton from erroneous attacks.

Granholm is an honours graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.

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