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Cx versus ld
CX versus LD


Cx explained
CX Explained

CX stands for cross examination--policy debate in which “teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government” (Wikipedia). It is often referred to as cross-examination debate, or CX, because of the 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech.

Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution. The negative will generally prove that it would be better not to do the plan or that the opportunity costs to the plan are so great that it should not be implemented.

Criteria for judging CX debate: http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/debate/criteria-for-judging-cx-debate

2013 14 cx debate topic
2013-14 CX Debate Topic

  • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

  • Inquiries to Consider:

    • The United States’ current deficit; can we afford more financial involvement with other countries?

    • Do the advantages of our engagement outweigh the disadvantages of increasing our deficit?

    • Why does Latin America need financial support from the U.S.? Is their need more inherent than the United States’?

Ld explained
LD Explained

LD stands for Lincoln Douglas, which is one-on-one policy debate. LD is also often called values debate, “because the format traditionally places a heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values, and philosophy. The Lincoln–Douglas Debate format is named for the 1858 Lincoln–Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, because their debates focused on slavery and the morals, values, and logic behind it” (Wikipedia).

Time format
Time Format

1st Aff. constructive – 6 minutes

Cross Examination – 3 minutes

1st Neg. constructive – 7 minutes

Cross Examination – 3 minutes

1st Aff. rebuttal – 6 minutes

Neg. rebuttal – 6 minutes

2nd Aff. rebuttal – 3 minutes

Prep time: 4 minutes

2013 14 ld debate topic
2013-14 LD Debate Topic

  • RESOLVED: United States efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East are desirable.

  • Inquiries to Consider:

    • Does the Middle East want/need to become a democratic society?

    • Is our interference causing more harm than good?

    • Desirable for whom? The U.S. or the Middle East?

    • How has the Middle East responded to our efforts thus far?

Format of the course
Format of the Course

Debate—both CX and LD—is driven by research. You should know essentially EVERYTHING about your topic and continually research it throughout the year (semester LD).

Therefore, most days of class will be spent in the library or an open computer lab researching as well as working on your cases.

After two to three weeks of consistent research, you all will begin practicing in class; and I will judge each team (or individual debater—LD) as if it were an actual debate tournament.


Research: you will be responsible for acquiring new research each week.

Cases: While at first you will focus solely on one case, composing multiple drafts of it and running the case in class debates, eventually, you will be responsible for developing multiple cases and will choose your best case to use at tournaments.

Delivery: Not only will you be graded on the case itself, but your delivery will also be assessed.

Terminology: It is imperative that each of you learn the appropriate debate jargon in order to do well at tournaments. A judge told one of my CX teams last year that they would have won the round if they had simply used the correct jargon. Thus, you will be tested on debate vernacular, so you will better your chances at being successful at tournaments.

Current Events: One becomes a better, more knowledgeable debater when he or she keeps up with current events. Therefore, you will be quizzed over current news reports (as specified in the syllabus) each week.


  • I will soon have a list of dates for the tournaments we will attend this year, so you can plan accordingly.

  • Most tournaments will be on Fridays and/or Saturdays. If a tournament is on a Friday, your absence from school will be excused. However, you are still responsible for getting your assignments from your teachers beforehand. Plan ahead, so you do not get behind!

  • Everyone is expected/required to attend and participate in tournaments.

  • Attire: you are expected to dress professionally at tournaments.

    • Boys: Dress pants (slacks), dress shirt, and perhaps a suit jacket and tie if you have them

    • Girls: Dress pants or modest, dressy skirt and blouse

    • Black (skirt/pants) and white (shirt/blouse) are commonly worn.