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A CHANGE.ORG AND CARE2 SUCCESS! CNN's Crowley to Be First Female Moderator for US Presidential Debate in 20 Years

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CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley's selection comes after three New Jersey girls won a petition calling for a woman to get the job, which garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

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AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 4:01 am
I'm so proud of this achievement, both for the young originators of the original petition on and of those who signed it here on Care2 where I posted it recently:

Here is the story of how this petition won the day as told by the sponsors:

How We Won
Aug 13, 2012

On August 13, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate the second presidential debate on October 16.

Three high school students -- Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis -- started a campaign on earlier this summer asking the Commission to select a female moderator, after learning in their high school civics class at Montclair High School that a woman has not moderated a U.S. general election presidential debate since 1992.

“What a huge victory for women, for equal representation, and for the more than 180,000 people who stood with us and demanded a female presidential debate moderator,” said Sammi Siegel. “We are thrilled that the Commission on Presidential Debates is ending their 20-year drought on women moderators. It is long past due to have a woman on the same stage as the men running for president.”

In addition to their first petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates (, the three girls also launched a petition to the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns ( which attracted support online and offline, including from Carole Simpson, the last woman to moderate a presidential debate in 1992. In addition, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm also expressed support.

“Through this campaign, millions of Americans learned that two decades passed without a woman moderating a U.S. presidential debate,” said Emma Axelrod. “We are so proud to have helped educate Americans on this issue, and are extremely happy that women and girls watching the debates this year will see a potential role model up on the stage moderating.”

“Having the support of people like Carole Simpson, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Maloney -- powerful women who are heroes to many -- underscored for us how important this campaign was to wage,” said Elena Tsemberis. “This campaign wasn’t about partisan politics, or liberal or conservative issues. This was about equal representation, regardless of political party. When Candy Crowley takes the stage to moderate the debate between Obama and Romney, it will be a victory for all Americans.”

Thanks again for supporting this important petition. Sometimes what we do here helps make a real difference
in what goes on!!!.

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 5:46 am
great news

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:39 am

Tuesday August 14, 2012, 8:04 am
Good news! Hopefully Candy Crowley will actually make the candidates actually answer the questions. The men who moderated the Republican debates were pretty wimpy. Wouldn't it be great to see a rule where , if you don't answer the question asked, the moderator can simply move on? Next.

Allison C (0)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 11:20 am
It's sad that we haven't had a woman moderator in 20 years. Why are we so behind the times?

mar l ene d (264)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 11:39 am
great news and she is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! thnx

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 11:44 am
KUDOS to three 16-year old Jersey girls who made a very big difference! These young women have set an excellent example and would make any mother proud! I have great respect for Candy Crowley and I look forward to her being tough and not letting ANY candidate get away without thoroughly answering any question --especially questions about women's rights and the Republican attacks on them.

Thanks for the update, Cal, and for the part you and our Care2 community played in making sure the petition received the level of circulation it needed to obtain the necessary signatures!

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 12:24 pm
I have always liked Candy Crowley, but I think that Rachel Maddow could really "sock it to them" and we know what side she is on.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 1:21 pm
Except that Crowley is a CNN indoctrinated right wing, fascist sympathizer/employee.

This is actually, very bad news. Again, the wrong questions will be asked, ala Blitzer.

Good thing there's not one thing that can make romney/ryan look good.

David C (133)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 1:50 pm
glad to know women having more of role in debates, but I am not convinced that CNN is really unbiased anymore --- from what I see/hear they seem to be increasingly leaning right or conservative.....maybe in an effort to not seem too liberal/left or even moderate anymore....

personally, 3 women moderaters (Candy Crowley, Rachel Maddow, and one other) would have been my recommendation.....

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 3:18 pm

Joe R (190)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 3:42 pm
Great news!

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 4:21 pm
I hope that she is not afraid to pose the hardball questions that Romney is so afraid of.

Cam V (417)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 5:17 pm
ROMNEY is afraid of? yeah right .... that goes both ways Christopher. When has Obama EVER been asked a hard question? That would be NEVER ......

Resa Harrison (0)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:14 pm
It is a shame they picked Candy Crowley. She is one of the most conservative, biased commentators on CNN. During the Kerry/Bush election, her bias toward Bush was crystal clear. She was almost hostile toward Senator Kerry. There are other examples in which Ms. Crowley has demonstrated that she is pretty much a supporter of the Republican/conservative view. Too bad we didn't get a fairer, more balanced female moderator like Gwen Eiffel.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:27 pm
more power to her

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:35 pm
Not knowing which women would be chosen, I was pleased to sign their petition. I, too, would've preferred Ifill or Maddow.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:38 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 7:28 pm
Thanks Cal. I signed a petition for Ms. Maddow. Not sure if Ms. Crowley is a good, unbiased female moderator choice, but she does fulfill the gender equality issues that your petition originators bring up clearly. My thanks to the young women,their courage, intelligence and preserverance. You too, of course.

Bonita Annis (20)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 5:45 am
A good choice...I also would have liked to see Rachel Maddow. And with Soledad O'Brien's recent "coming out" as a great voice in interviewing, she is definitely a future bright spot in journalism.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 12:58 pm
Cam v...When is the last time the corporate media LET you hear what he has to say. Fox/3rd person has you grossly misinformed.
Did you know that Obama and the DOJ went after wall street but found that Bush suspended all the laws they broke?

Get in the know, man. Turn off fascist TV.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 5:11 pm
Sad that it took high school students to make those responsible for the debates realize this inequity

Elaya Raja (39)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:19 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:59 am
I would prefer Maddow. Believe she would be fair and balanced !!!!!!!! Not so sure of Crowley, have seen plenty of negative out of her. Thanks for posting.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 10:42 am
Not thrilled with the choice of Candy Crowley of CNN fame as she represents the right in many ways.

Would have preferred a true independent femminist to moderate the debate.

Who are the people who decided on Candy in the first place and what are their credentials.

Ty, Cal.

Yumana Yunes (197)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 10:51 am
Congratulations to everyone that helped make this happen, and the three little ladies that initiated this. Regardless of politics and all the mambo jambo I'm reading below.
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