(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the three debates between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney will be hosted by Candy Crowley, PBS’s Jim Lehrer and CBS’s Bob Schieffer. ABC’s Martha Raddatz will host the vice presidential debate.
In October, CNN’s Crowley will become the first female presidential debate moderator in more than 20 years – and she may have a trio of high school girls to thank in part.
Crowley’s appointment comes amid a call from New Jersey high school students to put a female moderator on a presidential debate stage for the first time since 1992, when ABC’s Carole Simpson moderated a presidential debate between George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. The girls started a Change.org petition to convince the Commission to select a female moderator for one of the four debates scheduled before the election in November.
The commission didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the petition and its role in the moderator selection.
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