EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Students 'force-fed' socialism on campus, College Republicans spokesman says

  • Campus Reform Managing Editor Jon Street sat down with College Republican National Committee Executive Director Ben Rajadurai.
  • During the interview, they discussed issues ranging from the rise of socialism on college campuses to free speech.

With the fall semester now in full swing on campuses across the country, Campus Reform Managing Editor Jon Street, as part of an ongoing video interview series with heads of conservative student organizations, sat down recently with College Republicans National Committee Executive Director Ben Rajadurai to discuss which issues are on the group's radar this school year, what they're doing to reach new members, and to react to the rise of socialism on campus. 

During the interview, Rajadurai said that he believes college students actually side with Republicans on most issues. However, he revealed why he thinks it is that college campuses still tend to lean much more left. His message, in essence, boiled down to students being constantly presented with only one side of the argument. 

"voters and students have been just force-fed the idea of socialism by progressives..."   

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"I think when it comes on campus, voters and students have been just force-fed the idea of socialism by progressives on Twitter, on social media, in class," Rajadurai said. 

The College Republicans National Committee leader added, "when you really drill down on what those ideas mean, we find...that those voters agree with us and that they value liberty and they value limited government and a state-focused government that restores power back to our states and to local communities and whether that's in health care, whether it's in college, they value liberty and getting government out of these programs, and it's on us to present that alternative to them. 

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Responding to Democrats' push for "free" college for all, Rajadurai predicted all that would do is increase the cost of education and give public universities a "blank check to just spend more." He then proposed an alternative solution: "What really needs to happen is we need to take a long look at what these tuition dollars are going to and make a good honest effort to cut that red tape and bureaucracy and bring those costs down." 

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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