When They Were Young: Ted Cruz, College Debate Champion

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Because debaters, like presidents, are made, not born.

Part of an OZY series on the college years of 2016 U.S. presidential candidates.

As you may have witnessed by now, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz knows his way around a debate stage. And it’s no accident that the presidential candidate has so often dominated his GOP rivals from the podium — Cruz honed his mad rhetorical skills in the ruthlessly competitive college debate world, a world overflowing with geeky but slick Ivy League wunderkinds with the gift of gab. By his senior year at Princeton, Cruz was one of the best.

Video by Charlotte Buchen.

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