Jul 28, 2014

Obama, Romney Campaigns Concerned About Candy Crowley

Both camps question how the debate moderator has publicly described her role.

Obama, Romney Campaigns Concerned About Candy Crowley

The day before the presidential debate descends upon Hofstra University, both campaigns are calling the debate moderator's role into question, according to TIME.

Mark Halperin writes:

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests CNN’s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday-night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’”

The debate at Hofstra differs from the other three in that questions will be driven by audience members, not the moderator.

According to the town-hall format language in the agreement, after each audience question and both two-minute responses from the candidates, Obama and Romney are expected to have an additional discussion facilitated by Crowley.

The town-hall debate is planned for Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

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