The University of Alabama’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom hosted Sen. Ted Cruz and The Daily Wire contributor Michael Knowles Monday evening for a live taping of their podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz.”
Over 350 UA students and community members gathered at Tuscaloosa River Market to be a part of the lively political discussion and ask questions. The event was streamed on the podcast’s YouTube channel.
The pair was joined by Liz Wheeler, host of “The Liz Wheeler Show” podcast, who opened the event and served as a moderator during the Q&A period.
The main topics of discussion were the federal transportation mask mandate lift, Elon Musk and Twitter’s ongoing clash, media censorship, and free speech. Question topics ranged from school choice to America’s trending away from religious adherence.
The event was free of charge and included a free photo op for attendees at the conclusion of the taping.
Emily Schulze is the Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at UA. She said UA YAF got the bid to host the speakers through an application process.
“It was a process, but we were honored to do it,” Schulze said. “This is certainly one of the highlights of my college career.” She said she credits the UA YAF executive board, her team of volunteers, Young America’s Foundation, Abbson Productions, and Tuscaloosa River Market for a seamless event.
Cruz and Knowles have published more than 100 “Verdict” podcast episodes together. Their most recent episode was recorded live at Yale University.
“The speakers were thrilled about the turnout and to be at such a great university,” Schulze said. “I’m glad the University allows for us to bring in speakers with different perspectives, which allows for students to hear different opinions and to express their beliefs in a comfortable environment.”