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Varsity debaters met Columbia last night in a non-decision debate on the subject: Which is the true Liberal Party in 1938: Republican or Democratic? The Lion squad upheld the New Deal viewpoint.
Arthur N. Holcombe '06, professor of Government, presided at the contest, sponsored by the University Debating Council, the Student Union, and the Council of Government Concentrators. Robin Scully '40 and Stanley O. Beren '41 spoke for Harvard, while the Columbia speakers were Hilery Holmes and Frank Snepp.
The Lion team argued that New Deal legislation is liberal in every sense of the word, that Republicans are die-hard conservatives. The Crimson forces contended that the "new" Republican party is included with new blood of liberal tendencies, and that although New Deal legislation was liberal at its inception, it is today better characterized as political scandal designed to further the Democrats in power.
A heated forum open to the floor followed the formal speeches, after which Columbia extended an invitation to the locals to participate in a radio debate over a New York station December 19.
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