After a one-year hiatus, the “Great Debate” will return to Penn State, with two long tenured Congressmen set to debate on campus.
Former United States Representatives Ron Paul and Barney Frank will go at it on Monday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium, according to sources within the the College Republicans and College Democrats. The two largest student political organizations on campus will co-host the debate, with Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady acting as the moderator. The stated theme of the debate will be the role of government in civil society, covering both the social and economic issues of today.
Paul is a rockstar among conservative college audiences. He served as a U.S. Representative from Texas for various periods between 1976 and 2013. He ran for president three times and is viewed as one of the leaders of the libertarian movement. Frank, one of the more liberal Congressmen in his day, served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. He became the first openly gay member of Congress, and the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office.