Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die" at Kaufman Center, April 17th

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) will continue its sold out run of Spring 2013 debates on Wednesday, April 17th with "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die." 2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate has prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates?

David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times with Mickey Edwards, former US Congressman for Oklahoma will argue for the motion. Laura Ingraham, host of The Laura Ingraham Show with Ralph Reed, chairman of Faith and Freedom Coalition will argue against the motion.

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WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die"

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 / Reception 5:45-6:30 / Debate 6:45-8:30 PM

WHERE: Kaufman Center/129 W. 67th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam)/New York, NY 10023

TICKETS: $40 ($12 for students w/ID). To purchase, visit

The debate will take place in front of a live audience at Kaufman Center in New York City. Before the debate, audience members will vote on the motion; afterward, the audience votes again. The team that moves the most voters to its side will be the winning team in this provocative debate.


Named One of "Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think" by Forbes, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in New York City in 2006 by Robert Rosenkranz, and has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions. The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers including Paul Krugman, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Thiel and Arianna Huffington. Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented over 70 debates on a wide range of provocative topics including global warming, the financial crisis, the marketing of organic foods, and the death of mainstream media. ABC News correspondent John Donvan is the moderator, and the executive producer is Dana Wolfe.

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