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Uh-oh! Candy Crowley of CNN threatens to screw-up tomorrow night’s debate with a little grandstanding!

Candy Crowley, a TV journalist of no great distinction, seems not to understand that the job she was hired to do in tomorrow night’s presidential debate is not that of an inquisitor.

Predictably, there’s now a BIG FUSS over Crowley’s misimpression:

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests CNN’s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday-night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’”

In the view of both campaigns and the commission, those and other recent comments by Crowley conflict with the language the two campaigns agreed to, which delineates a more limited role for the moderator of the town-hall debate. The questioning of the two candidates is supposed to be driven by the audience members themselves — likely voters selected by the Gallup Organization. Crowley’s assignment differs from those of the three other debate moderators, who in the more standard format are supposed to lead the questioning and follow up when appropriate. The town-hall debate is planned for Tuesday at 9 p.m. E.T. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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  1. For Candy,

    I was raised in a family where my father was a member of the John Birch Society, I can remember reading the book, None Dare Call It Treason., my father gave it to me.
    A staunch Repub for 35+ years and both my father and I voted for the President after the debacle that Bush was at the helm for and two wars which suck the life out of the military and our national funds.
    Hard to believe we voted Dem, but they have become the Moderates. All I ever wanted was for my taxes to be spent wisely, try to assist others when needed and stay out of my personal business. Yet, it is the Republicans who are shoving their nose in ever area of people’s personal life, especially women.
    Romney talks about working across the isle, the only thing they got done in Mass was education and health care, both Dem strong points. Other than that, the Dems in Mass shoved his bills down his throat and he was way more moderate than now.
    We hear about cutting loop holes, yet Romney will not tell us what he used to get his taxes down to 13% and whether or not those particular loopholes are going to be ones that are cut.
    Another is carried interest. The definition changes when the parties in power change, is this a loop hole that he will eliminate? Credit Default Swaps, were insurance policies on bonds, yet are unregulated by the Republicans, causing get financial lose to many and exasperated the financial crises.
    What loopholes will the President go after? As opposed to Romney.
    Still cannot make the numbers work for Romney/Ryan tax plan. Trust me is the same thing as the check is in the mail.
    What is with the big flip-flop Romney did in the last debate? He changed his position on almost every issue. Is integrity part of being a President or not? Seems to me it is not if you look at the numerous position changes he has made.
    I know what I get with the President, I have no idea what Romney/Ryan will bring and at this late date, it is pathetic that I have to say that.
    I want answers. When people lie on cue, they need to be called out on it.
    Like Romney on Medicare, he was barely off the stage and his handlers were already re-explaining what he meant. How sad is that?
    What made the VP debate better was the pressing of what you are going to do? On both sides. And as far as I can tell CNN polls were off, since 7 out of ten other polls had Biden the winner.
    You cannot let them lie and lie and lie and not say anything.
    What is Romney going to do if the Dems treat him like the Repubs treated the President? Our number one job is to make the President a one term President., thank you Mitch. Why? Why this was not pointed out and is this the future of politics? Nothing gets done unless one party controls it all?
    Lastly, you should be equally as hard on Romney as you are on the President. You have let the Repubs, off the hook on a lot of occasions by NOT calling them on their lies.
    George Post

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