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How does this organisation and Yale Political Union differ ? - are some of the claims made here actually relate to them ? Codf1977 (talk) 10:00, 18 September 2010 (UTC)
They are entirely separate organizations. The Yale Debate Association is the university's only debating team. The Yale Political Union is a forum for speakers at the university. No claims made about the Yale Debate Association have anything to do with the Yale Political Union. MarmadukePercy (talk) 12:38, 18 September 2010 (UTC)
So, for example, can you provide a ref to show that John Kerry was a member of both, as both are claiming him as a past member. Codf1977 (talk) 06:16, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Here is a photo of John Kerry as a member of the rather small Yale Debate Team, coached at that time by Professor Rollin G. Osterweis. I can assure you that the Yale Political Union was (and is) a far larger organization. Here is a photo of Kerry as president of the latter organization.  These are two separate photographs. Not everyone who is a member of the Yale Debate Association is a member of the Yale Political Union. Kerry happened to have been a member of both. MarmadukePercy (talk) 06:48, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Also, please note the following clip, in which it is explained that during the tenure of Yale Debate coach Rollin Osterweis, some undergraduates who studied with Osterweis and were members of the Debate team also chose to join the Yale Political Union (YPU). Kerry was such an undergraduate. MarmadukePercy (talk) 07:04, 19 September 2010 (UTC)