Candidates Request No Follow-Ups in Town-Hall Style Debate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

As the candidates prepare to face off again tonight in the second presidential debate, there is actually something the two men finally agree on: the format. Tonight's debate at Hofstra University is town-hall style, meaning all questions come from the audience. The debate is moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, and both Romney and Obama have asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to disallow Crowley from asking any follow-up questions.

John Hockenberry spoke with Crowley a few weeks back about her role as the first female moderator chosen for a presidential debate in twenty years. While Crowley says she believes gender does matter, she also talked about her Midwestern upbringing that has shaped who she is as a journalist. 


Candy Crowley

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja, Elizabeth Ross and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

John Henslee from Miami, Fl.

Then the voter should get a follow question. Most of the time these guys do not answer a question fully. There should be follow up by someone.

Oct. 16 2012 01:52 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I think being a Presidential Candidate of The United States of America has got to be the loneliest place on the planet...

Whatever the job, we don't feel we really know someone till we hang out with them and go drinking or go over to their house for a party. Some people always have their guard up and you never get to know them.

A lot of people have their guard up because they feel vulnerable revealing qualities of themselves that would be taken the wrong way. You can't please everybody. You can't please hardly anyone as Presidential Candidate. It goes with the territory. We never really get to know our Presidents anymore. Any mistake is costly.

Oct. 16 2012 12:29 PM

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