Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson on Candy Crowley

The last woman to moderate a presidential debate did not hold back her feelings

by #teamEBONY, October 16, 2012

Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson appeared on MSNBC to discuss her thoughts about the presidential campaigns complaining about CNN's Candy Crowley. Simpson, who moderated the debate between Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ross Perot in 1992, let the public know that she was not feeling the methodology behind today's use of women in political debates. "I was very upset that women were reduced to the Vice Presidential debate and to the town hall format, which does not give a woman the chance to ask the questions."

"The public, the voters that are going to be there asking questions have very basic questions about their neighborhoods and crime have very basic questions about their neighborhoods and crime and their schools and so on and I'm sure Candy might like to ask, if it doesn't come up, more questions about reproductive rights for women." Crowley, a veteran political reporter for CNN, has never been a pushover, and is consistently used to interrogating politicians. But without being able to "rephrase the question or open a new topic," will Crowley's role be limited during Tuesday's debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.?

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