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Moderator Role Under Scrutiny Before the Debate
Time ^ | 10/14/12111 | Mark Halperin

Posted on 10/14/2012 9:10:17 PM PDT by cdchik123

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and the Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns and the bipartisan commission sponsoring the debates 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?’”

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. Yet her participation is meant to be otherwise limited. As stated by the commission: “In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic….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.” The memorandum, which has been obtained by TIME, was signed by lawyers for the two campaigns on October 3, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; boycotttimewarner; candycrowley; cultureofcorruption; debates; dnctalkingpoints; mods; pravdamedia; riggeddebates; riggedelection; timelies

1 posted on 10/14/2012 9:10:24 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

they’ll need a wide-angle lens for said scrutiny...


2 posted on 10/14/2012 9:11:22 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: cdchik123

debate ping


3 posted on 10/14/2012 9:14:37 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: cdchik123
One suspects that Ms. Crowley has been in thorough and lengthy contact with Obama intermediaries; and, that any expressed "concern" by the Obama comrades is merely for show.

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5 posted on 10/14/2012 9:17:39 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: cdchik123

The buttinsky moderator was live bombed by her professional peers. The moderator that let the candidates grapple with each other was reviled by his professional peers.

cramdy crowlady is a whale sized attention whore. What do you think she will do?


6 posted on 10/14/2012 9:17:57 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: cdchik123

Activist journalism means activism always.


7 posted on 10/14/2012 9:18:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: cdchik123

You’da think they learn by this time. Now they’re Closing the barn door after the whorses has left the gate.


8 posted on 10/14/2012 9:19:45 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great para/p)
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To: cdchik123
and the Obama campaigns have expressed concern

LoL. Lying cover.

9 posted on 10/14/2012 9:19:56 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: JohnBrowdie

Live bombed = “love bombed”. Lousy touch screen/auto correct . . .


10 posted on 10/14/2012 9:19:56 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Seaplaner

The libs are well known for planting ringers in the group of undecided questioners. They will be easy to spot.


11 posted on 10/14/2012 9:21:24 PM PDT by oldbrowser (An empty chair attracts a stadium full of empty chairs.)
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To: JohnBrowdie

You are probably a toothless hillbilly.

Her size has nothing to do with this. Only an insecure closet homo would bring it up.

Knock it off...we are better than that.


12 posted on 10/14/2012 9:23:28 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (MIf you are a white conservative, you MUST be a racist. ;-))
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To: oldbrowser

Just as there is fact checking for the questions that are asked, there is BACKGROUND checking to out the professional activists who pose as “undecided voters”.


13 posted on 10/14/2012 9:26:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: cdchik123; a fool in paradise

14 posted on 10/14/2012 9:27:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Vermont Lt

I agree.


15 posted on 10/14/2012 9:27:17 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: jimbo123

For the love of God....Don’t ping Laz...


16 posted on 10/14/2012 9:28:37 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ->The Jayson Blair administration)
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To: cdchik123
Ms. Crowley is entirely unsuited to this role. Hearken back to election night 1994, when the GOP won it's first majority in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1952. She was aghast, but, unfortunately, hardly speechless.

Why not drop all pretense and just get someone from Obama's own cabinet to referee the debate.

17 posted on 10/14/2012 9:29:58 PM PDT by Prospero
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To: cdchik123

So she’s been offered the press secretary job in the second Obama term?


18 posted on 10/14/2012 9:30:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: JohnBrowdie; a fool in paradise
This is the moderator? Talk about elephant in the room!


19 posted on 10/14/2012 9:31:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: cdchik123

THE GAY MEDIA MESSIAH OBAMA MUST BE SAVED, NO MATTER THE COST!

Imagine how popular she will be on the DC/NYC party circuit if she manages to destroy Romney, and save Obama?
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!


20 posted on 10/14/2012 9:34:08 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: bigbob

How funny! Crowley has avoided interviewing Michele, lens and all, fearing a calorie discussion.


21 posted on 10/14/2012 9:38:12 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY)
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To: Vermont Lt

you created a fascinating combination of long since abandoned stereotypes there, mr. sophisticated. I haven’t heard one of them since junior high.

Do you police the entire internet, or just the parts that don’t serve donuts and ice cream?


22 posted on 10/14/2012 9:38:18 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Vermont Lt; All
Knock it off...we are better than that.

No we're not. She's not allowed on my TV.

The screen isn't big enough.

23 posted on 10/14/2012 9:39:54 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: Vermont Lt
we are better than that.

Who's "we", honkie?!

24 posted on 10/14/2012 9:41:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Moderator Role Under Scrutiny............

Good thing Role isn't Roll.

25 posted on 10/14/2012 9:42:44 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: JohnBrowdie

Interrupt Romney at the moment he gains momentum just as biatch ‘moderator turned 0bamabot’ Martha Ratsass did?


26 posted on 10/14/2012 9:43:51 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: cdchik123

What we need is another debate with Rush Limbaugh to ask questions and perhaps Zell Miller to represent the democrats with his own questioning


27 posted on 10/14/2012 9:46:00 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: cdchik123

It is not Candy Crowley role to set the rules for the debate. She is only the moderator although she is leaning heavily toward the left or should I say communism.


28 posted on 10/14/2012 9:49:39 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: hole_n_one

Yes. We know though that this Moderator will literally Roll (or be Rolled) into the debate hall.


29 posted on 10/14/2012 9:50:57 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: oldbrowser
Also, my suspicions will be piqued if Mister Obama seems hyper-rehearsed (as opposed to spontaneous).

If he sounds as if he were reading a teleprompter, then one suspects that the questions have been compromised; and he's reciting rote material rather than thinking and answering truthfully.

I'd like to hear Dick Morris weigh in on this. IIRC correctly, he described a time in which the Clinton intermediaries and the nets met to pre-decide questions for an interview. The forthcoming debate is a bigger deal than an interview, and Mister Obama seems no less dishonest than Mister Clinton

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30 posted on 10/14/2012 9:52:16 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
interrupt Romney at the moment he gains momentum just as biatch ‘moderator turned 0bamabot’ Martha Ratsass did?

Yep. That was pretty much the way it went. but keep in mind that Cramdy is a million times more full of herself *rimshot*

31 posted on 10/14/2012 9:54:56 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: cdchik123

I love the debates, but despise the fact that the moderators are always liberal at best, full-blown socialist at worst.


32 posted on 10/14/2012 10:10:07 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Vermont Lt

” . . . we are better than that.”

The favorite FR battle cry of a moron.


33 posted on 10/14/2012 10:20:47 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: cdchik123
what do they even need a moderator for. These egomaniac moderators get it in their head the debate is about them
34 posted on 10/14/2012 10:38:51 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Prospero
Why not drop all pretense and just get someone from Obama's own cabinet to referee the debate.

Joe Biden?

35 posted on 10/14/2012 10:38:56 PM PDT by oldbrowser (An empty chair attracts a stadium full of empty chairs.)
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To: Revolting cat!
OMG. Are you kidding me? She's liable to eat a candidate
36 posted on 10/14/2012 10:40:57 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: cdchik123
Lehrer got it right!

Stop trying to “fix it”, FFS!!!!

37 posted on 10/14/2012 10:49:40 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (Muppet season now open - no bag limit)
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To: Revolting cat!

I think I knocked boots with her in Gallup, New Mexico about 1999.
Only she wasn’t wearing boots and she was in chute number 2.


38 posted on 10/14/2012 10:53:28 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: JohnBrowdie
Rules for PD moderators:

Moderate Romney, facilitate Obama!

Delicious Candy is on it like a fat gal on a first date. Aiming to please!

39 posted on 10/15/2012 2:09:38 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: cdchik123
Another giant ego on the same stage with Obama - This might get interesting.


40 posted on 10/15/2012 2:24:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: Revolting cat!


41 posted on 10/15/2012 2:35:48 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: cdchik123
Here is a sample follow up from Crowley:

"Gov. Romney, you have cited the multiple failures of this administration since 2009, but do believe that electing the first Africa-American president in US history was an historic achievement for the country, and if you do believe it to be historic, wouldn't the defeat of that president by a lilly-white man, such as yourself, be a step backwards for race relations? 30 seconds to respond.

42 posted on 10/15/2012 2:45:02 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: cdchik123

Why do I imagine the Crowley’s reframing and follow ups to Obama will simply tee up another prototypical platitude Fest for Obama? While Crowley’s reframing and follow ups to Romney will be confrontational.

My prediction, Crowley is wavy enough to throw at least one dig at Obama to secure the some appearance of credibility. Otherwise 10 to 1 attack on Romney.

Crowley wants to sit at the head table with Martha at this years press correspondents dinner. While Jim Lerher gets a milk crate in the kitchen.


43 posted on 10/15/2012 5:07:34 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Vermont Lt

“Knock it off...we are better than that.”

Well obviously we are not. :))


44 posted on 10/15/2012 8:30:12 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cdchik123

Crowley is a liberal and you’ll never meet one that isn’t interested in control.


45 posted on 10/16/2012 3:52:53 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Vermont Lt

What is the opposite of a “toothless hillbilly”?

A valleygirl with an orthodontist.


46 posted on 10/16/2012 4:01:06 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Revolting cat!

Her reward for helping Obama will be a lifetime pass to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.


47 posted on 10/16/2012 4:14:08 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: cdchik123

Is she related to Obama appointed person at the state department PJ Crowley? If so how can this be partisan .


48 posted on 10/16/2012 11:16:45 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: cdchik123

Romney agreed to submit himself to a fat stupid leftist. What could go wrong?


49 posted on 10/16/2012 11:18:00 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: cdchik123
Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement ...

Excuse me, how can this be? How can rules for a debate be established and the "Moderator" is not required to follow them? Is this a typical arrangement?

(It could be, I really don't know. It's the first I'd heard of a "Memorandum of Understanding" for any debate.)

50 posted on 10/16/2012 11:21:13 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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