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The world of high school and college competitive debate




CNN's Candy Crowley (C) conducts the second presidential debate with US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.
CNN's Candy Crowley (C) conducts the second presidential debate with US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.
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Monday evening Mitt Romney and President Obama will verbally spar in the final of three debates. Expect to hear broad but eloquent statements on foreign policy.

While that kind of speaking is what most people in the U.S. have come to associate with the word “debate,” it’s a far cry from the world of high school and college competitive debate.

Those contests focus on rapid fire speech that forgoes flourish for a deluge of facts and figures. We’ll be joined by Jon Bruschke, communication professor at CSU Fullerton and longtime debate coach.