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Presidential Debate Moderators Announced; Candy Crowley to Be First Woman in 20 Years

The Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen the moderators for the upcoming tussles, Politico reports:

CrowleyPBS's Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate on October 3 in Denver, Colo. CNN's Candy Crowley will host the second, town-hall debate on October 16 in Hempstead, N.Y. CBS's Bob Schieffer will host the third debate on October 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. ABC's Martha Raddatz will host the vice presidential debate on October 11 in Danville, Ky.

Crowley will be the first woman to moderate in 20 years:

The last woman to moderate a presidential debate was Carole Simpson in 1992. Barbara Walters also hosted two presidential debates, in 1976 and 1984.

In July Crowley moderated a U.S. Senate debate in Virginia between former Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine. She also moderated a debate between U.S. Senate candidates in Florida ahead of the 2010 election.

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  1. A gain in one area is a loss in another: all the moderators are white for the first time since 1996 (when they were not only all white but all Jim Lehrer). Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1984 for another all-white group of moderators.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 13, 2012 1:10:06 PM

  2. I guess it was unrealistic to hope for Amy Goodman or Rachel Maddow.

    Posted by: melvin | Aug 13, 2012 1:28:55 PM

  3. Candy Crowley is a GOP sow.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Aug 13, 2012 1:32:37 PM

  4. Didn't Gwen Ifill moderate a debate during the last election?

    Posted by: FrankLeeMyDear | Aug 13, 2012 1:33:47 PM

  5. Gwen Ifill moderated the VP debate.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Aug 13, 2012 1:36:17 PM

  6. Either this is Photoshop or it was taken 20 years ago.

    Posted by: Michel Filion | Aug 13, 2012 1:43:15 PM

  7. marcus bachman

    I wouldn't say sow

    I would agree with she is a conservative propagandist troll

    Posted by: say what | Aug 13, 2012 2:04:01 PM

  8. @NaughtyLola - Thanks!

    Posted by: FrankLeeMyDear | Aug 13, 2012 2:17:16 PM

  9. Well, I was hoping for Diane Sawyer or Christiane Amanpour, but Crowley has some decent credentials and a lot of experience behind her. Oprah would've been too softball, Meredith Viera is too funny, and Katie Couric and Barbara Walters are busy with their talk shows. (Hey, be grateful it wasn't Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, or others of that ilk.)

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 13, 2012 2:51:09 PM

  10. GOP Sow? Conservative propoagansist? I thought CNN was just full of left-leaning, liberal elitists?

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 13, 2012 2:58:45 PM

  11. WOW...you say anything about people you no nothing about whether factual or not. People should have to make comments with there real names.
    This is just wrong how we communicate these days so counter productive...oh well.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 13, 2012 3:12:12 PM

  12. what?

    CNN hasn't been truthful let alone liberal since Ted Turner sold it to Time Warner (whose majority stock holders are Saudi Arabians)

    Ted Turner has since stated he would never ever have sold CNN if he knew then what he knows now. That CNN is not news anymore, and it is nothing like what he created

    Posted by: sat what | Aug 13, 2012 6:34:44 PM

  13. Crowley and Bob Schieffer are absolutely terrible choices. A couple of simpering, elite-deferring news readers who worship at the alter of false equivalence. At least Lehrer is something approaching a journalist.

    I was hoping for Bill Moyers, but of course, these two candidates would never agree to anyone who's actually going to ask them intelligent questions or hold them accountable for their blathering responses.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Aug 13, 2012 6:51:43 PM

  14. Idiots abound. Candy Crowley would be more left leaning. Moderators don't make or break a debate. Kennedy beat Nixon because he looked so awful in that debate.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 13, 2012 6:58:44 PM

  15. First woman in 20 years? Didn't Gwen Ifill do one last time?

    Posted by: Charles | Aug 13, 2012 10:44:47 PM

  16. She is a good journalist. I think she is a good choice.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 14, 2012 12:21:26 AM

  17. @SAT WHAT?

    Then you might want to alert the GOP/conservatives, they have been throwing the "CNN is liberal" mantra for years. But your argument is about them being "truthful" which is completely different from what I was even talking about.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 14, 2012 12:36:28 PM

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