Washington (CNN) - How important have vice-presidential picks been in past elections?
Fairly important, but not as crucial as the presidential debates, according to a new national poll released as the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators of this autumn's four general election debates.
(CNN) – Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent and host of "State of the Union," will be the first woman in 20 years to moderate a general election presidential debate, the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.
Crowley will host the second debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on October 16 in Hempstead, New York, at Hoftsra University.
(CNN) - Former Virginia Govs. George Allen and Tim Kaine, both candidates for a U.S. Senate seat, will face off in a debate this month moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
The debate, on July 21, will take place at The Virginia Bar Association's statewide meeting in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's senior adviser ruled out any major changes to the tax package negotiated with Republicans, saying Sunday that it is time to move forward on a compromise that includes elements distasteful to each side.
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," David Axelrod said the focus must be on what is best for the country right now, rather than scoring political points or settling political scores.
CANDY CROWLEY: Alright, so, here’s my basic impression: John McCain came loaded for bear.
TOM BETTAG, SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: He felt deeply about everything that he felt.
CROWLEY: It was just amazing. I was most surprised by Don’t Ask Don’t Tell because it, when he said I know how you feel I know how all the liberal media feels about, you know, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, you can call it racist, he was very defensive about his position.
See, it’s another one of those Sundays where I like what wasn’t answered almost as much as I like what was answered.
So the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen, what I liked was the question about well, okay, if NATO and U.S. forces will get out of Afghanistan with their combat troops in 2014, how much of a footprint – which is military talk for how many troops will be left behind – said, haven’t figured it out yet. And I said, “Well how many combat troops are there now?” And he just would not go there. So it’s clear to me that this is a work in progress, this plan to get out of Afghanistan by 2014, at least with the combat troops. So I liked that.