Presidential Debate Moderators Include Candy Crowley, the First Female Moderator in 20 Years

Now that everybody in the race for the White House has a running mate — Republican hopeful Mitt Romney tapped James Stenbeck’s son Paul Ryan as his would-be veep — it’s time to look ahead to the always-entertaining televised debates. And among this election cycle’s moderators is the first woman to lob questions at presidential candidates since 1992.

As announced on Monday by the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN’s Candy Crowley will guide a town hall-style presidential debate on Oct. 16, at Hofstra Universirty.

Prior to that, PBS’ Jim Lehrer will kick off debate season on Oct. 3, with a presidential face-off at the University of Denver. A third debate between the men who are/would be POTUS will be moderated by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Oct. 22, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

One vice presidential debate is scheduled, for Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz will oversee that discussion.

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  1. ejknight says:

    Like the ATWT reference. Which debate did Gwen Ifill moderate 4 years ago?

  2. Jennifer says:

    So, college women advocating for a female debate moderator, the key here is, ‘be careful what you wish for.”

  3. Renee says:

    James Stenbeck’s son Paul Ryan…this made me LOL. Thanks Matt I needed that.

  4. Megan says:

    I also loved the ATWT reference!! Hilarious!

  5. Davie says:

    I kept thinking there was one last election, but it was Gwen Ifil on the VP debate. Good for Candy- hope she asks more than the typical fluff questions these debates seem to run on.

  6. Cathy says:

    Awesome ATWT’s reference, thanks Matt!

  7. hr says:

    The Fox people as usual r already apoplectic

  8. matthew c says:

    LOVE the As The World Turns reference. I was however afraid others wouldn’t get it!

  9. Bettie montgomery says:

    I feel that Candy Crowly is partisan( leans toward the Republican candidate). I solute the commission for choosing a woman, however the choice should be non-partisan.