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October 16th, 2012
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Carole Simpson on Candy Crowley's role in the 'people debate,' says diminished role of women moderators 'sure seems like' sexism

This morning on "Starting Point," journalist and former debate moderator Carole Simpson weighs in on the guidelines for the role of Candy Crowley, who will be moderating tonight's presidential town hall debate.

"[Crowley] has different marching orders than I had," Simpson says. "I was told only to follow up if the question was not understandable, if it need clarification. My own audience was able to follow up and I don't think her audience can follow up. I think she gets the follow up chances. So there's - there are different guidelines for her as was given me."

"I think it's going to be tough, though, for her to interject herself," Simpson adds. "This is the people's debate. And the role of the moderator, as I saw myself, was to operate in the public interest, to make sure that their questions were being asked, not what I wanted asked although there were plenty."

Soledad asks Simpson about her criticism of the process, where women moderators are not given choice slots in the presidential debates.

"I don't want to think it's sexism, but it sure does seem like it," Simpson says. "That women are only given the vice presidential debate and given the town hall meeting, where basically we hold the microphone for other people to ask questions. Yet Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer got to go one-on-one with the candidates and ask their own questions. So it looks like women have been pigeon-holed into the women slot, which is not the big slot, which I think is one-on-one with the candidates."

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  1. Stephen

    She really needs to get a life. Don't read too much into everything. Besides Candy interjected herself in the debate when she should not have...and was wrong...maybe those horrible male chauvinists are right...she is incompetent ...but not because she is woman. LOL!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tony Moschetti

    So Carole Simpson says the president, who looks like her, is going to win the debate because he is a "people person."

    That's not what a former aide says: Neera Tanden, a former aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had this to say about the relationship of the two presidents:

    Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came.

    “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

    It's a revealing statement from Tanden, who "served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently president and CEO of the liberal Center For American Progress.

    So is Simpson not very well informed, or is that she like so many, will support Obama NO MATTER WHAT!

    October 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Gerald Strother

    This need to be asked This needs to be asked As a senior I want Medicare and Social Security to be there for my children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Mitt Romney’s promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets. The 2010 health care law cut Medicare reimbursements to hospitals and insurers, not benefits for older Americans, by that amount over the coming decade. But repealing the savings, policy analysts say, would hasten the insolvency of Medicare by eight years — to 2016, the final year of the next presidential term, from 202
    While Republicans have raised legitimate questions about the long-term feasibility of the reimbursement cuts, analysts say, to restore them in the short term would immediately add hundreds of dollars a year to out-of-pocket Medicare expenses for beneficiaries. That would violate Mr. Romney’s vow that neither current beneficiaries nor Americans within 10 years of eligibility would be affected by his proposal to shift Medicare to a voucher like I will vote for OBAMA!!!!! — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he has a plan to help people with pre-existing medical conditions get health insurance. But there's a huge catch: You basically have to be covered in the first place.
    If you had a significant break in health insurance coverage an insurer still could delve into your medical history, looking for anything — from a bad back to high blood pressure — that could foreshadow future claims. They'd be able to turn you down.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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