In light of a BuzzFeed oppo dump that listed Ted Cruz having been cited for having a case of beer underage, Gotnews.com has discovered Ted Cruz’s real crime: being the world’s best debater.
Gotnews.com hit the archives of the Daily Princetonian and found this doozy from Volume 116, Number 44, 8 April 1992:
Two members of the Princeton Debate Panel, Ted Cruz ’92 and David Panton ’92, are currently the number-one-ranked debate team in the United States, according to a computation by the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA). Cruz is the the top-ranked speaker in the country and Panton is ranked second, based upon cummulative debate performances this year. Panton attributed the team’s successes to an intense commitment to debate, explaining that he and Cruz often spend five to six hours preparing for each hour-long debate. “We believe in post-debate analysis,” he said. “We spend a lot of time critiquing each other and analyzing what we could’ve done better.” Tournament wins Panton and Cruz started off their year by winning the 84-team University of Pennsylvania tournament last October. They then went on to win tournaments at both Smith College and Amherst College, each ofwhich named Cruz the top speaker. Cruz has been the number-one speaker at the last four tournaments he attended and has been the top speaker nationwide for most of the year.
“The style of debate we do is extemporaneous,” Cruz said. ‘The goal in this debate is essentially persuasion. Humor plays a big part.” At the January World Championships held in Dublin, Ireland — which boasted the top 137 teams from 15 different countries — Panton and Cruz finished as the fourth team overall and as the top North American team. At the North American championships, which were held in Montreal, Canada, the pair were the top team coming out of the preliminary rounds, but lost in the quarterfinal round.
Cruz was awarded number-one speaker at the North American Debate Championships and Panton won the number-four speaker award out of the top 240 North American debaters. Panton and Cruz have qualified to attend the National Championships and are the favored team to win it. The championships will be held April 24 to 26 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The pair has won a total of three tournaments together this year, and Cruz has won two more with two other partners. As juniors, they were the runner-up for the APDA Debate Team of the Year Award, and Cruz was runner-up for the APDA Speaker of the Year for the second consecutive year. This past weekend, Panton travelled to Yale University to compete in one of the largest tournaments in North America, despite the pressure of his approaching thesis deadline. At the tournament, he secured his position as the second-ranked speaker in the country. Cruz did not attend the competition. Cruz and Panton, both seniors in the Wilson School who will attend Harvard Law School this fall, will graduate having won more awards than any other Princeton debaters in the school’s history.
Of course we’re not supposed to notice that BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski is an oppo fiend.