Debate co-chair: ‘Mistake’ to have Candy Crowley moderate presidential debate

Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said tonight that the Commission made a “mistake” by selecting CNN anchor Candy Crowley to moderate one of the 2012 presidential debates.

Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was speaking at the Las Vegas Country Club in Nevada. According to Jon Ralston, the Nevada-based political journalist, Fahrenkopf told the audience there that he was proud of the 2012 debate moderators, but added: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy.”

Crowley, who moderated the second, town-hall-style debate, drew heavy fire from conservatives for challenging Mitt Romney after he suggested that President Obama had not called the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, “acts of terror.”

According to an agreement between the Obama and Romney campaigns, the moderator of the town hall debate was to refrain from asking questions or participating in the debate. Crowley had promised to defy that agreement even before the debate started.

Crowley later defended the interjection, saying she was just “trying to move the conversation along.”


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  • WOOF

    Cut short Mitt’s the moon is green cheese space facts.

    • Rob

      You seriously need to cut out the drugs.

      • Snarkie

        Port has the memory of Bob Marley.

  • spud

    The fact that republicans are so technologically inept in the political game of getting out the vote was the major factor that they lost. Everyone in Obama’s camp knew he had this election sewed up weekend before election Fox News in their brilliant analysis of Landslide Romney not so much!! By the way Rob are you still using Gallup polling with their lousy outdated methology to make a point? I hope not.

  • The Whistler

    Crowley lied in the debate and more than likely coordinated that lie with the Obama campaign. Journalist, not.

  • Yohibare

    Interesting conclusion by Spud that the results of Obama’s re-election lies with the Republican Party’s lack of electronic skills in communicating. The people (electorate) seem to be blissfully unaware or uncaring about the state of the national economy, which is not helped by the ineptness of Obama.
    When about half the population have an interest in keeping the freebies flowing from the federal government they will vote for the freebies. This kind of selfish mindset is nearly imposssible to overcome at the ballot box. Hence, Obama wins!!!