History in the Making at Hofstra

16 Aug

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced this Monday that CNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate the second presidential debate here at Hofstra!  Ms. Crowley is the first woman in twenty years to moderate a presidential debate, and we are happy to report that this historical event will be taking place on our campus.

NPR reported Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel, three teenage girls from a Montclair, N.J., high school, had petitioned the commission to include a woman among the presidential debate moderators.

“Women were being overlooked, and while it might not have been an active prejudice, it was definitely there,” Axelrod told NPR’s All Things Considered on Monday. “So, the fact that now we’re closing that gap of 20 years, that is what I’m excited that a woman will bring, the equal representation.”  Axelrod reported that the group’s petitions gathered more than 180,000!

CNN’s Candy Crowley at a Mitt Romney campaign event during the Iowa caucuses in January
(Photo Credit: David Holloway/CNN)

The last woman to moderate a presidential debate was ABC’s Carole Simpson in 1992. Gwen Ifill of PBS moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.

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