We had 500 people in the audience on campus, but thanks to your emails, tweets, and Facebook posts, we had over 15,000 viewers live online. Tens of thousands more have watched the debate videos in the last two days. I deeply appreciate each and every one of you who took time to support the cause of freedom during this debate.
The battle over American exceptionalism, sponsored by the Young America's Foundation, represented a much bigger struggle for the future of America. Watch the full crossing of swords right here:
During the crowd's favorite part of the debate, I took Ayers to task over his radical past. Here's what Ayers said about his activities in the 60s:
"Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them."
I gave $20,000 of my own money over the campaign finance limit, and I got eight months in confinement. What kind of time did Ayers serve for his unrepentant bombing of the Pentagon? You'll have to watch to find out:
One of my favorite questions from the audience was from an intelligent young man (the child of two immigrants) who asked how conservatives can lobby for secure borders without being painted as xenophobic. In my response, I explained the difference between immigrants of the ladder and immigrants of the rope:
What did you think of the debate? Send me a tweet and let me know what your favorite part was!
P.S. If you liked this debate, come to my next one in person! This summer in Las Vegas, I'll be debating skeptic Michael Shermer on the relevance of the Bible. Join us at FreedomFest!