Teen who pushed for female debate moderator: Crowley was ‘fantastic’

Emma Axelrod, one of the three New Jersey teenagers who pushed for a female presidential debate moderator, writes on Poynter that CNN political reporter Candy Crowley "did a fantastic job" overseeing Tuesday night's debate.

It’s unclear how much, if any, of the CPD’s [Commission on Presidential Debates] decision can be attributed to the work Sammi, Elena and I put into raising awareness of the need for more gender equality on the debate floor (they refused to meet with us and refused our petitions when we tried to deliver them), but the change we wanted had still been made. That’s what matters to us.

Crowley was a great choice and I loved her follow-ups and thought she did a sound job of keeping the candidates under control, especially since we all know from watching Jim Lehrer’s performance as moderator in the first debate that it’s not the easiest job.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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