Women to Moderate Half of Debates

Moderators for the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates have officially been selected, and for the first time half of them will be women. PBS’s Jim Lehrer, CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, and CBS’s Bob Schieffer will do the honors of moderating the four debates, the first of which will be Oct. 3 in Denver. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the lineup Monday morning, appealing to a recent push for female moderators. Still, while Crowley will become the first woman since 1992 to moderate a presidential debate, the Oct. 16 debate she’s been assigned will be more of a town-hall-style event, where the citizens in the audience, not the moderator, will ask the questions.