CNN's Crowley to be first woman in two decades to moderate presidential debate
August 13th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
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CNN's Crowley to be first woman in two decades to moderate presidential debate

(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.

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.

Other debate moderators announced Monday included PBS' Jim Lehrer, who will host the October 3 debate in Denver, and CBS' Bob Schieffer, who will host an October 22 debate in Boca Raton, Florida.

Martha Raddatz of ABC will host the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on October 11 in Danville, Kentucky.

"State of the Union" airs Sundays on CNN at 9 a.m. ET and noon.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. K3Citizen

    Candy: Please grill Romney about the tax thing. He has been avoiding the issue and it is very important to know exactly how he makes money. For all we know, he could have received a tax refund every year by manipulating the system.

    August 13, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. cecil

    Has a shell company overseas (P.O. box only), money in overseas tax havens (he is not paying his fair share on his taxable income), afraid to show more tax returns. Man if this was Obama back in 2008, lets be honest!
    For this reason alone, I could never ever vote such a person into office!
    Independent for Obama 2012

    Romney you haven't gotten back to US, yet.
    lapse time clock is still ticking, how many days, months will past?

    Romney is a Tax Dodger!

    August 13, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. gmenfan54

    Hope they have a sturdy chair for Candy to sit on.

    August 13, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Stan M

    How can you possibly let that woman moderate anything that is supposed to be politically neutral after what she just said. And you claim to be a "down the middle" network? Shame on you.

    August 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    This should be lovely and quite nicely biased. I mean, her entire Sunday morning show (like almost every Sunday morning political news show on every network...studies have shown) is like a giant GOP/Teatroll bullhorn, interviewing GOPers/Teatrolls almost exclusively, all so they can get their talking points disseminated efficiently.

    August 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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