What is the role of a moderator during a presidential debate?

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  1. Cassie Smith profile image66
    Cassie Smithposted 6 years ago

    What is the role of a moderator during a presidential debate?

    Considering Candy Crowley's role, I don't think a moderator should:
    1. Pick questions that apply to only one candidate: How would you differ yourself from Bush?  Clearly that question was only for Romney, Obama's answer to that question is clearly pointless.
    2. Not give the candidate she dislikes time for a rebuttal especially when it's his turn.
    3. Not give the candidate she likes more time to explain himself.
    4. Let the candidate she likes get away with not answering the question.
    5. Not interrupt the candidate she dislikes.
    6. Correct a candidate she dislikes with the wrong facts.

  2. tsadjatko profile image62
    tsadjatkoposted 6 years ago

    Cassie, sounds like in this debate the moderator actually won, doesn't it? As always the left shows their true colors. Be it moderating debates, reporting the news, interviewing candidates with softball questions and no follow ups to lies or distortions, they always have their own agenda and it is never to be fair or balanced. That's just the way it is because a zebra cannot change it's stripes...(excuse the cliche' but it is the nicest way I can think of to put it as I wouldn't want some thin skinned liberal bloke to accuse me of being rude instead of answering your question).

    1. Cassie Smith profile image66
      Cassie Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I knew that leftist moderator coudn't helpt it.  They subconsciously can't help aiding Obama.  She interrupted Romney more times and didn't let him follow up as much.  The whopper was that she sided with Obama and clearly she was wrong on Libya.

    2. Skarlet profile image87
      Skarletposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Reminded me when the DNC decided to show the world how "democratic" they were by taking a poll to let the crowd decide whether to put God back on their platform. Crowd was against it,  Villaraigosa brought it back because it the teleprompter told him

  3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years ago

    What debate were you watching?  Surely, it wasn't the same one I saw last night!   I think Crowley was equally unfair to both men and, frankly, tried to squeeze too many questions into too small a time slot.  It really bothered me that she never brought up the health care issue, which is one of the biggest ones right now.  In short, I was unhappy with the way she ran the debate and do not feel she showed a bias...she simply did a crappy job!

    1. tsadjatko profile image62
      tsadjatkoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, that too.

    2. Cassie Smith profile image66
      Cassie Smithposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not only did she do a crappy job during the debate she also did a crappy job before by picking questions that stacked against Romney.

    3. tsadjatko profile image62
      tsadjatkoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      And she allowed false statements by questioners (of course statements that are liberal staples, but demonstrably false) like the question about women making only 72% off what male counterparts make. The census bureau has said that is false.

  4. DanL73 profile image61
    DanL73posted 6 years ago

    The moderator should keep the flow of the debate going by making sure both candidates stay within the time allocated to them period. That's all.

    1. tsadjatko profile image62
      tsadjatkoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      And she is supposed to see they actually answer the question which in  both candidates did not do and she said nothing. The kid asked about getting a job when he graduates and Obama talked about manufacturing jobs...who goes to college to get that?

  5. ssaffery profile image86
    ssafferyposted 6 years ago

    This one is easy; to calm down the crowd so their anger and blood pressure doesn't boil!

  6. AlexDrinkH2O profile image79
    AlexDrinkH2Oposted 6 years ago

    To ask the questions and insure each man has equal time to answer, something Miss Crowley DID NOT do.  She was clearly biased toward Obama, but does that surprise anyone?

    1. Skarlet profile image87
      Skarletposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I knew she would be a biased liberal, but I was surprised that she was so blatant about it.

  7. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 6 years ago

    I think the modertators themselves are asking the same question. If you're a Romney supporter, all the answers are in the question.

  8. Rosana Modugno profile image82
    Rosana Modugnoposted 6 years ago

    A good moderator offers the same time for both sides, fair questions directed at each, does not offer any input or opinion whatsoever on anything said by either candidate, does not agree or disagree openly (should keep mouth shut and opinions to herself), and most of all, does not use the excuse that because one candidate talks slower, he gets more time. LOL


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