On Sunday evening, two of the nation’s most outspoken political pundits squared off in Lisner Auditorium to debate everything from foreign policy to Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about a Georgetown University law student. Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media & Public Affairs, served as the moderator for the debate.
Lawrence O’Donnell, a MSNBC commentator and producer, went head to head against Ann Coulter, a syndicated columnist and New York Times best-selling author.
When asked about Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments, which included his calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student a “slut”, Coulter focused her answer on the government’s increasingly overreaching role in the health care sustem. O’Donnell defended socialized medicine, calling it “the single most efficient health care delivery system” in the world. He went on to say the private-sector dominated health care system in the United States expensive and wasteful.
Sesno tested Coulter on Mitt Romney’s conservative values, claiming that he has little traction with the GOP’s conservative base. O’Donnell went on the say that he believes Rick Santorum is the most conservative Republican in the race, and his nomination would ensure an Obama win in November.
Coulter, when asked about foreign policy in the Middle East, stated that the War in Iraq was “a good war” that “served America’s national interest.”
The debaters also took questions from members of the audience, including a notable one from WRGW’s James Reed. Unfortunately, neither Coulter nor O’Donnell really knew what he was talking about.
The event was co-hosted by Program Board, College Democrats, College Republicans, and GWYAF, and was part of the “Only at GW” speaker series.