Even after the ridiculous amount of sexism we’ve seen in politics in the last few years, I have to admit I was a little taken aback to learn it’s been a full 20 years since a woman has moderated a presidential debate. So it’s a big effing deal, and about damn time, that Candy Crowley will host this year’s second presidential debate, according to Politico’s sources. Crowley’s selection came following increased pressure for a lady moderator, including a petition from three high school feminists.
Crowley is the anchor of CNN’s Sunday morning talk show State of the Union. She has been covering elections since before the last time a woman hosted the presidential debate, so I’d say she’ qualified. She has reported on a ton of presidential campaigns and conventions and won a bunch of journalism awards, including for her work on the 2004 election. She’s known as an incredibly hard working and knowledgeable journalist by her colleagues.
Crowley’s also a vegetarian who does Transcendental Meditation. Yeah she sounds awesome.
Additionally, Martha Raddatz will host the vice presidential debate for the first time (the completely badass Gwen Ifill hosted the last two veep debates).