LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – One of the co-chairs who oversaw the most recent presidential debates said that selecting CNN’s Candy Crowley to moderate one of the debates was a mistake.
Four months after Crowley moderated the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, the CNN anchor came under fire Tuesday from Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Speaking at the Las Vegas Country Club, Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said that he was proud of the debate moderators during the 2012 election, according to political journalist Jon Ralston. That is except for one of the moderators.
“We made one mistake this time,” Fahrenkopf said, according to Ralston. “Her name is Candy.”
According to Politico, Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Political Debates, declined to comment on Fahrenkopf’s criticism of the Crowley selection.
Crowley’s performance during the second presidential debate, which featured a town-hall-style format, brought about heavy criticism from conservatives. During the debate, Crowley challenged Romney when the Republican nominee had insinuated that the president didn’t describe the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as being “acts of terror.” Her performance went against previous agreements between the Obama and Romney camps for the moderator to not ask questions or participate in the debate, an agreement Crowley had vowed not to keep before the debate, according to Politico.