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Crowley Won’t Follow Debate Contract

by Keith Koffler on October 16, 2012, 6:03 pm

Presidential Debate moderator Candy Crowley today reiterated that she plans to ask the candidates follow up questions after audience members have put a topic on the table.

Only, the contract between the two campaigns envisions her doing nothing of the sort:

The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the 2 minute response period.

Apparently, she’s not party to the debate contract, and she ain’t gonna follow it.

H/T to Dylan Byers of Politico and Mark Halperin of Time.


Janice/Granny Jan October 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I think that’s good for our (Romney’s) side. I don’t think she’ll show obvious bias.
I haven’t watched her in years but I don’t remember her being a flaming liberal. She did read the Starr report on Clinton out loud. lol

Julie Brueckheimer October 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

She is quoted as saying that it was a political death wish for Romney to select Ryan as VP. I don’t trust her.

Sadie October 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Julie, you are and now were correct not to put any trust in her.

Last tweet I read (Karl Rove) Obama got 10% more yak time tonight.
I won’t begin to rant on how Candy Pol Pot helped him answer a question (incorrectly at that, too). Despicable and unprofessional behavior.

srdem65 October 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Oh, boy.

brstevens October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

She must be praying to get someone in a gotcha moment. All the better if it’s Romney.

Cooper October 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Candy just wants her boy to win and she’ll do anything to make sure Obammie gets plenty of softball follow-ups.

Anonna October 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I think the Dems set this up — their usual tactic — agree to anything and then change the rules when it’s too late. The Republicans certainly weren’t going to cancel the debate over this — would make their man look weak — so BO gets a “moderator” with an agenda to get him re-elected.

mo1 October 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Wonder waht kind of an exclusive interview the Obamas promised her?

Sadie October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

CNN is No. 3 out of 4 in cable news viewers. Unless Crowley is looking for a gig on The View in near future, she had best watch her Ps&Qs.

Girly1 October 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Crowley is one of the best – wouldn’t want her to be a potted plant. Just hope she doles it out equally. If not, she might as well join the crew at MSNBC.

Just2old October 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Candy Crowley is just trying to throw her weight around…

cindy lou October 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

She is already doing that-asking her own questions-what a bitch