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October 17th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Why did Candy Crowley interject on Libya in debate? She wanted to 'move this along'

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," CNN's Candy Crowley talks about her experience moderating the second presidential debate with Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

Many folks are talking about Crowley's statement that President Obama was right when he claimed that he called the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi an "act of terror."

"I was trying to move this along," Crowley says. "The question was Benghazi...there was this point they both kind of looked at me, you know, Romney's looking at me, the president is looking at me, and I wanted to move this along. Can we get back to the - so I said, he did say "acts of terror", called it an "act of terror", but Governor Romney, you were perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape."

See more in the clip above.


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  1. Ruben Gonzales

    We do not need for the deaths of Americans to be justified or politicalized! This is sad as Americans should come together as we did when Bush attacked a another country that never attacked us or that Ryan cut 3 billion in security for our embassies... All presidents make decisions that are hard that is there job... Quit using the deaths of americans as a political tool...

    October 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amit

    This is a great example of liberal bias. Having Soledad (The one with the most liberal bias) ask Candy crowley to defend herself is the most blatant display of bias.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JT

    And by "move this along...", she meant the agenda of the left.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. calvin

    crowley is Obama wreching crew she lie and then said i want to move the show along. it was a town hall debate not a race. her man was about to get his butt kick so she step in. Crowley ask him for a raise you may of save is job. CBB CBS ABC NBC are all Obama backers and w8ill due any thing to see him win so the next one will be just as bad for romney when you spent move time about binnder then the fact you know it a set up.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Betsie Yeomans

    You are a disgrass as a commenter if you are going to fat check at the debate excuse me I meant fact check from the fat chick. Your media bias is also a disgrass..

    October 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. muthar

    Mitt Romney is poor in maths.For him 16-10 is 16.Killing big bird will balance the budget.He beleives he can reduce tax attack every country in the world and can reduce deficit and provide 24 million jobs and the list goes on.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. iDi

    What I don't understand is how you can condemn Candy for fact checking right there on the spot while millions are tuning in. That is what we are all looking for..the facts.

    Future moderators and the Presidential Debate committee should start implementing an element of fact checking DURING the debates, not days later when no one is watching.

    It was absolutely her place. Thank you Candy.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gemini

      She is so stupid that she tried to correct Romey with another lie..what an idiot!

      May 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. les

    to me, she was a disgrace, a partisan lefty, doing all she could to make the president look good, and romney bad. luckily she did not succeed. pardon me, but that seem to be par for the course as far as cnn is concerned.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Claire

    Oh, I know that her blatant,prpObama intercession turned me off CNN. I long ago, pre 2008, stopped viewing MSNBC; never did Fox because of blatant views. I thought CNN was somewhat more even but Crowly using something like a debate before a huge audience (most of whom never heard of her) and showed her bias and support of Obamain what as a moderator should have been neutral. Bye CNN. She ruined my opinion of you.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. EinTX

    "The blatantly disingenuous equal pay narrative that women make 72 cents on the male dollar when apples-to-apples studies show it to really be 95-96 cents on the male dollar. Sorry, comparing unskilled at-home day care workers' pay with that of skilled electrical engineers is not an honest comparison. " I'm confused- are you saying an "unskilled at home day care worker" really 95 -96 cents per dollar when compared with an electrical engineer ? Are you serious ? do you really think an at home day care worker actually has their salary compared to an electrical engineer and THAT is the disparity?! and btw-day care is not a flufff job.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. joedog

    Crowley was wrong and egregiously so. Soledad O'Brien is another matter. She is so biased that the Democratic National Committee should pay her a consulting fee.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Gloria

    Candy Crowley should be so ashamed of herself! We all thought that she was going to be fair and unbiased and she did not live up to that at all. Where is her integrity? She interrupted Romney so many times and even – I could not believe it – told him to sit down. Just when Romney had Obama on the ropes about Libya – she shut him down and lied about what Obama had said. To think that you could try to change the complexion of a presidential debate. Just remember Candy – What goes around – comes around. KARMA – This blemish will be on you all your life. It is so obvious that the Obama administration was not calling what happened in Libya terrorism but kept blaming the "video". Four Americans were murdered unnecessarily in Libya and you all are involved in covering it up instead of being responsible journalist and trying to get to the truth.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. denise

    Miss Crowley is commanded by President Obama to "get the transcript Candy" and she conveniently had it in her hand at that exact moment. .If CNN does not fire her for appearing to have conspired with the Obama campaign and lieing about it afterwards and for costing CNN to loose viewers.and I am sure many people hold CNN responsible for what their employees, do,they will continue to drop in the ratings. Your main competition Fox claims to be fair and balanced. It is time for you to show that you are not committed to any political party.If you don't you will not survive much longer. Have a little courage and fire her now. Denise

    October 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. GMAN6464

    Well, it sure was nice of Candy to decide that this was the one issue that she should jump in on to act as fact checker.

    I wonder why she didn't challenge Obama's assertion that Planned Parenthood provide important services, like mammograms. In fact, they don't.

    Selective fact checking.......and CN*N wonders why they're taking heat.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mark

    Could someone please ask Crowley why she thought it was correct for a moderator to correct anyone? She should NEVER moderate a debate again. NEVER

    October 20, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. roy

    Crowley is a Republican and has always been a Republican. What she is not is a liar. I Know its hard to belive ? A Republican that doesnt lie ! Who'd a thought? Mybe the problem is Mitt so flip- floppy she got confused, on the party line. Or mybe she just messed up and told the truth. I PERFER THE { NOT A LAIR }.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. David L. Taylor

    With regards to the candidate's Libya exchange, Candy Crowley couldn't help but display her bias for Pres. Obama. IMO, it was a blatant corruption of the debate process.
    For approx. the past two years I have watched "State of the Union" on Sunday mornings; however, will no longer be watching. I'll probably miss the program; but it's the only protest I can make.

    October 20, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Cuto

    she needs to go out to the public to say sorry for what she did to help a Liar not trying to make excuse of her bad moderating last Thursday.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Terry

    If she just wanted to move things along, why didn't she say "Actually you didn't say that Mr. President". That would have moved things along and it would have been accurate. She couldn't keep her ego in check and her bias stored. She ought to be fired. I'll never watch another debate that she has any role in.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Evelyn Robertson

    Thanks, Candy, for the wonderful job that you did with the debate. As I understood it, participants were not to ask each other the questions. That had been violated and I have not heard any complaint.

    I can't believe how dispectful Romney and other Republicans have been to this President–to the person and the position. I thought it was your job to determine who speaks. Thanks for doing a wonderful job. You make the women of America proud.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Robert Cannon

    You need to fire Candy Crowley. She knew exactly what she was doing and so did Obama. How did he even know that she had a transcript to produce? This entire scene was staged beforehand to get Obama off of the hot seat. Boo to CNN if you don't get rid of her.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Wayne P.Owens Sr.

    Wayne P.Owens Sr.
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nothing to see here - CNN, Candy Crowley, doing what comes naturally and often and that is being the protector, facilitator and propagandist for the progressive movement. Snakes bite because that is their nature - CNN's aiding and abetting the progressive movement- – Obama in this case – just comes naturally, as such bias is part of CNN'S DNA.
    October 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Luke

    Her actions were so utterly predictable. She couldn't even pull this off without showing her blatant partiality. She's unfit as a debate "moderat"or and should never be in that seat again.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Bob in NYC

    The issue to me is "journalists" becoming part of any story they are covering or participating in as moderator. It is simultaneously awkward and disgusting. Can you imagine Walter Cronkite or Edward R Murrow going on the gab shows the next day with this shameless promotion. IMO a pure journalist is invisible. I know it is difficult in this day and age of 24 hour news cycle but at least try. I'm not singling out Ms Crowley as she is likable enough, its just the entire news mess! I am so tired of talking heads interviewing talking heads!! Thanks I feel better now.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Anita

    Why would a reporter interject that false and inflamatory piece of info that was so obviously intended to gain favor for her fave? Who so gratefully took the bone and laughingly thanked her for 'clearing it up'. That interchange was the most blatantly shameful of the few that occurred during the debate. Do you really think we are unable to discern the slant?

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Susan

    Days later the incorrect narrative is still out there, and only 4 people have commented thus far on the faux pas here. Reverse that with over 1,000 snide comments about Tagg Romney's rhetorical (and very human) response that he wanted to punch the president, and you can see where our current political state is and how far we've fallen. Certainly Obama's response to this attack is a bit more important than his opponent's son voicing frustration that he wouldn't ever act upon.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. advchaser

    That is such a pathetic excuse, "I was trying to move things along." She revealed herself as the biased, prejudiced, bigoted hack she is and should relegated to covering dump fires.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. advchaser

    Crowley is so pathetic. In the name of trying to cover her bias and obvious mistake she makes up a story about trying to move things along. Pure bovine excrement.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. kmrod

    still curious why my comments aren't posted while others' are. you have my email address, how about a reply to let me know what's wrong so i can fix it?

    October 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Jackie

    It was a huge blunder on her part. A complete insult to women all over America. Not just the fact that she would interject her opinion, but that she would completely side with a liar. How can you liberals call yourselves good people? You side always with the liar, you don't care one bit about the families of the dead! What else can we expect from the liberal owned media?

    October 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. C S

    Candy's explanation is too late...she is a true 'hack'! She should be ashamed but i doubt she is!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Katy

    Obama is trying to cloud the issue. He's getting help from Soledad, and she knows it.. The polls are scary now for dems. Bottom line: If Obama labeled it clearly a terrorist attack, which we all know he DID NOT do in the rose garden, then he would have his Press Secretary state that clearly to the press. Clearly the press secretary whose job it is to speak for the president was told NOT to call it a "terrorist attack." Intelligence watched the attack on video, they knew it was a Terrorist Attack (that night). Being a few weeks out of an election, the White House panicked and attempted to stall the real facts coming out. Yes, Romney got caught up in confusion over the general mention by Obama of "acts of terrorism." But Obama never called this assault on our embassy a Terrorist Attack (until weeks later). He instead attacked our freedom of speech and advertised a little known film. Publicizing it, increasing its viewership. Soledad knows this full well. The president has been universally criticized and even accused of a cover-up. Axelrod is good. Look how he's orchestrated this fog and confusion. Look how quickly Soledad joins the act. Why is this important: 4 AMERICANS ARE DEAD AND AL QUEDA IS ALIVE AND WELL.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. uha1

    CNN is dying here prove their stand right next to Roomney. This is just low.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Haas

    To Mike is SA:
    "unskilled at-home day care worker". I'd like to see you try to control, entertain, and educate a mischievous toddler while doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, and a load of other administrative responsibilities of a household requires. That's not accounting for the people who do it in organized centers with a dozen mischievous toddlers. My guess is you wouldn't last an hour before pulling your hair out. The larger point is you can't compare those skills because they are within a different skill set. That doesn't mean however, they are equally valuable to our society as a hold and deserve equal pay as such. I sure hope you respect your wife's role as a mother (if you have one) more than other women who perform comparable roles.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Ravito

    Apparently Ms. Crowley didn't think the President could defend himself on the question and had to step in to help him. As umpires in baseball often forget, this wasn't about you Candy. It was about the audience asking questions and the candidates interacting with respect to them. You were an unwanted and unneeded intrusion and if your goal was to be a "fact checker", you failed miserably..

    October 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. MN

    If I were Candy Crowley boss, she would be FIRED! It was so obvious that she sided with Obama....ROMNEY WILL WIN!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Eric

    The moderator position is like a referee n sports. Think about it. If this were a sport game like the NFL and the referee took a side. We would call that fixing a game. I believe that would be illegal. It also give that sport a lack of credibility. Well, the same thing happened on National TV in the Presidential debate. The moderator (referee) took a side. Was this fixed ? Did she and the journalist community lose credibility ? Sure looks like it. Just calling like most people see it.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. dabockhold

    Candy Crowley was hired to be the moderator...not a participant in the debate. Her remarks about concerning the Libya attack altered the debate and she would not let Gov. Romney comment especially to say that President Obama's UN Ambassador was on all the networks telling everyone that the attack was because of the video.
    Ms. Crowley's actions were truly unethical and she should be fired from CNN.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. wwl

    Bottom line, Crowley has proven herself to be unqualified to be involved in such a debate. She ought to be apologetic but her hubris prevents that. For Candy, t's all about Candy. You're an embarrassment to your trade, but too self-absorbed to know it

    October 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Jefe

    so I said, he did say "acts of terror", called it an "act of terror", but Governor Romney, you were perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape."

    Thats what she said, thats what I heard. Republicans who are complaining–you, as usual, only hear what you want to hear. Time to move on. You lost–stop making excuses and start making plans.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Allen

    Crowley's explanation is feeble and too late. 65 million people watching only heard her say teh Presdient is right. Why didn't anyone ask Crowley WHY she chose to interrupt Romny 28 times while only interrupting OBama 4 times? Or why did Obama get and 4:20 of time over Romney? In the three dabtes now Obam and Biden have a 13:17 additonal time advantage over Romney / Ryan. Thats liberal media bias at its worst!

    Wouldn't it be nice if just once FOX news folks could moderate one fo thee debates? You bet it would!

    October 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Much of the time difference in last debate was ceded by Romney when, during his own time for an answer, he twice asked Obama direct questions - notwithstanding agreed rules that there would be no direct question one to the other (silly rule, but that was the agreement). On one of those occasions, Obama even asked "do you want me to answer now?" and Romney said yes. Obama then used the time given him by Romney. Hard to then complain about an uequal division of time.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carrie

      I just want to know who was feeding Candy her lines in an earpiece? What a crock. Candy 's handling of the debate was so unprofessional and really speaks to her credibility as a journalist.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck

      Fox news!!!! are you kidding? They are the worst thing for our country and a threat to democracy. Romney gets called out for being absolutely wrong and the right wing Fox News leads the attack against the moderator. She gave plenty of leeway to both of them especially Romney. He deserves it, He freaking totally disrespectful toward the president playing politics when it is not appropriate while bodies are coming home. He is wrong! Fox News is mostly responsible for dividing the country....which is exactly what they want to do. Divide and conquer. Romney wins, they (the power hungry rich bastards behind the scenes) win! Obama is not one of them. They do not respect you the American people, they do not give a damn about the majority democratic win in 2008, they don't give a damn about Abortion, Gays. Debt, China, ....its all about power... they want it. Fox News is their propaganda of fear.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobby

      If the moderators are going to be partners with the candidates I think it would be good to ask Fox to moderate a debate. I think we need to get someone like Hannity involved to level the playing field.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dougan

      Because Romney went over his time limit that many times and didn't any respect for the rules of the debate. That (funny enough) is the reason you don't want Fox "News" pundits moderating

      October 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • roy

      WHY? Mitt over stepped his time Twenty eight times SO Rude, pushy, and strayed from topic.Yes I would like to see Fox Moderate . Good for a laugh. Only two kinds of Republicans the rich and the blind

      October 20, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jag

      Candy,
      If you want to move the debate along you say (ok gentleman next question) You should be traded from CNN to MSNBC

      October 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joseph

      Its obvious that Crowley favored one candidate (Obama) over another. The election process in the United States is getting worse and worse.

      October 22, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Gary Allgood

    CNN you have lost a customer for life! Good Riddence to you and the sad excuse for journalist Crowley, you lying leftwing hack!

    October 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Hoyt

    Crowley was a laughable joke and needs to be fired ASAP!!!!!!! Maybe she can hold obama's hand on the way to school oh I mean the white house. The point is about the question asked not that it wasn't a fair question. It was to be discussed by the big boys not the big girl. She's wasn"t in the game to answer anything or put any input into anything. Hell she isn't even on the side lines of the game. Get it!!! Chow dd's...............

    October 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Carolyn

    I thought Candy Crowley's interruption in the debate and her incorrect "correction" of Governor Romney was reprehensible. She was an awful, biased moderator.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Bob

    Romne was interrupting again when Crowley stated that he was correct as well. The evidence still supports Obama and even without Crowley it was one of those moments forever locked in presidential debate history.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Get Real

    I'm a lifelong Republican, but if I had been Candy, I would have said the same thing. In fact, I did say it "in stereo" at home. I remembered Pres. Obama using the word terror in that Rose Garden message. The point may have been lost on a technicality if Candy had not weighed in. The administration mishandled this crisis. I disagree with Candy on many issues, but I appreciate her sincerity. Thanks Candy for rising above bias and keeping it real!

    October 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dave McNamara

    Candy, you blew it!, any reasonable reading of the President's statement would not lead to the conclusion that he was referring to Libya, but a general statement concerning terrorists act(s). I noticed noconcern on your part to the question about women's equal pay. You showed your true colors.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Ed

    Candy Crowley should be fired for taking side.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Wheelsva

    Some areas of concern: The latest unemployment application data speaks for itself. 388,000 new applications; 46,000 more than expected. Personally, I think Ms. Crowley is a true professional and good person. Did she misstep on more than one occassion; I would say yes. None of us are perfect. What's even more depressing is that we have these huge financial banking institutions buying up hoardes of oil stock that's contributing to the high price at the pump. These are the same folks that received this ridiculous amount of stimulus from the American taxpayers. We already have a legislation on the books that speaks to manipulating the stock market, yet nothing is being done about it. I have no idea what the actual percentage is of people on federal/state subsidy however, I imagine the number is extremely high. On immigration and energy independence, we have failed miserably for decades, and no doubt we will pay for it far into the future. The middle class (what's left of it) will always take the brunt of economic despair. One solution, of however many, is to change the tax system to a FLAT TAX of 10% for everyone. Example: You make $100 a week you pay $10, $1000 you pay $100, $100,000 ( I surely can't imagine however it's out there) you pay $10,000; PERIOD. All should contribute to this great country, not just some.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Armando

    I am a CEO of a small business and I practice impartialty with other senior leaders in our team always hearing all sides of an issue. It was clear to me the Ms. Crowley clocked-blocked Govenor Romney while atempting to make an argument. Perhaps unintentional and subconscious in effort the bias nature of an indiividual, in this case a moderator, often manifests itself in its own way. Her attempt to recover almost on the same breath made it obvious that even she caught the err of her statement. It was an unfortunate consequence in light of being a Presidential debate.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. A CARING CITIZEN...

    I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THEIR OWN VOTE...AND NOT WORRY ABOUT OTHER PEOPLES VOTES....I PERSONALLY AM IN A BETTER FINANCIAL PLACE THAN FOUR YEARS AGO....THE STOCK-MARKET IS BACK AND STRONG, UNEMPLOYMENT #S ARE COMING DOWN... 7.8% NOW AND THE HOUSING MARKET IS GROWING FINALLY, AGAIN....GOOD JOB IN BEGINNING TO TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND MR. PRESEIDENT....

    October 18, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
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