Candy Crowley First Woman to Host Presidential Debate in 20 Years

After three teen girls petition for a female moderator, the CNN host is named 

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Think your voice won’t be heard? Don’t tell that to the three teens from New Jersey who fought to get a woman to moderate a presidential debate.

The New York Daily News reports CNN’s chief political correspondent and State of the Union host Candy Crowley has been named the moderator for the October 16 commander-in-chief face-off—the first woman to have that role in two decades.

“More than ever, I really believe in the American value that anyone can get something done,” Emma Axelrod, 16, one of the girls who started a petition to get a woman involved, tells the newspaper. “We are just three 16-year-old girls, and the fact that we actually got the Commission on Presidential Debates to do this just makes me so proud to be an American.”

PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer of CBS News will also host debates, according to the Daily News, and ABC News’s Martha Raddatz is set to moderate the vice-presidential debate.

The commission isn’t saying the girls’ petition had anything to do with the selection of Crowley, but we certainly think they deserve some extra credit for their efforts.

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First Published Mon, 2012-08-13 21:34

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