Debate Team (Forensic Policy Debate)
Forensic Policy Debate is a form of speech competition in which teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government. It is also referred to as cross- examination debate (sometimes shortened to Cross-X, CX, or C-X) because of the 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech. Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution. The negative will generally prove that it would be better not to do the plan or that the opportunity costs to the plan are so great that it should not be implemented. Both teams must substantiate their respective arguments using rhetoric and specific relevant evidence. The most successful teams combine sharp rhetorical wit, with a well-researched foundation of sources. This year’s resolve concerns transportation infrastructure. It reads as follows:
Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
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