Five moderators have been announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates this Friday for the election season cycle of presidential debates. These moderators will partake in the four upcoming presidential and vice presidential events.
The First Presidential Debate Moderator: NBC’s “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt. Holt is known for being the first African American full-time anchor of a network nightly newscast. He will be moderating the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Monday, Sept. 26.
The Vice Presidential Debate Moderator: CBS News anchor Elaine Quijano. Quijano is an American of Filipino descent, and has been an active news correspondent for many years. She will be moderating the only VP debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The Second Presidential Debate Moderators: Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of ABC’s “This Week,” and Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s “AC360.” Unlike the first planned debate, this debate will be done in a town hall-style format, hence why it will be moderated by two hosts. Raddatz and Anderson will moderate on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Third Presidential Debate Moderator: “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace. Wallace, as the sole conservative moderator for the season, will moderate the final debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
According to sources, the Commission faced difficulty in its selection of moderators this election cycle because Hillary Clinton has had close ties to many in the media, and they wanted to be “objective as possible.” However, it’s already been revealed that Raddatz had ties to President Barack Obama when he attended her wedding in 1991.
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