With most sporting events canceled for much of the past year, audiences have tuned into a new kind of sparring to fill the void: political debates. And two opponents have quickly risen to the top of their weight classes—Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The two have paired off for numerous rounds in a feud that's representative of the one the rest of the country has been having—how should the government respond to the coronavirus.
In each of these exchanges, the mainstream media and many on the left have rushed to condemn Rand for his views and back Fauci's various stances. But with hindsight on our side, we can now look back on these debates and determine which of their perspectives history has proven correct.
Here's a look back at some of their most memorable moments in the ring.
1. Round One: Schools
Last summer, Rand Paul outraged the left by simply stating that classrooms should remain open to public school students.
"There's a great deal of evidence that's actually good—good evidence—that kids aren't transmitting this—it's rare—and that kids are staying healthy, and that yes we can open our schools," he said in a committee hearing.
Fauci vehemently disagreed, alleging that children could spread the disease as easily as adults and advocating federal regulations around reopening schools.