Did Candy Crowley give Obama a lifeline?
Debate moderator criticized over Libya comment
- Duration 6:54
- Date Oct 17, 2012
Debate moderator criticized over Libya comment
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New questions this morning about whether President Obama had some help.
From the moderator Candy Crowley.
During the key moments of last night's debate lot of talk about this this morning on several occasions governor Romney tried to -- -- to defend himself.
Here's one example of that playing out last night.
President let me get let me get the governor you know missing governor let's before we get into eight and vast array of who says what what study says -- If -- it shouldn't add up.
If somehow when you get in there there isn't -- -- tax revenue coming in.
It's somehow the numbers don't add up would you be willing to look again at a 20% well ahead of.
Course they add up.
I think I was supposed to get that last answer but I want to point out that.
I'd I don't believe it's okay and I don't believe it sure -- are talking personal or at that time -- -- keep neighbors are all working.
It took the president fourteen days before he called the attack and -- -- An act of terror get the transfer it if he didn't and facts are so let me let me if it call it -- has very little other candidate what it.
Call -- active terror.
On that Brian -- had a little bit -- -- so here's Tucker Carlson.
Editor of the daily caller is a Fox News contributor Alan Colmes as the host of the Alan Colmes radio show and the author of the new book -- the liberals perceiving America gentlemen.
I have that it.
The let's jump in here Tucker how patty think that candidate last night.
But shocking really nice -- someone who likes in -- personally I mean she threw the president a lifeline there's no question she inserted herself.
Again and again into this debate the -- -- by that there's a presidential election three weeks not time to play cable pundit.
I during the middle of the debate and at the most decisive moment in the debate.
Throw out something that is fundamentally dishonest.
The Obama administration for two full weeks made the case aggressively ended public again and again and again.
That this was not an organized terror acts -- this was a response to that YouTube video there's no dispute about that.
And she tried to make the opposite case on the stage last night and really hurt Romney in the process I think it's a total outrage what she did last -- Well what you say that was until she wasn't giving an opinion in fact the president did -- in the Rose Garden.
The day after the attacks they'll act of terror will ever stop the United States to use the word -- -- this obsession.
That Republicans have -- using the word terrors at the administration afraid to use it for fear that they'll be blamed.
Of having the terror on their watch is ridiculous.
Candy Crowley did her job -- job is of a journalist is to expect -- the -- out there but yeah -- -- that was no.
I think as a let me just listening out there because because what she said when should criticize before this debate even happened.
For something she said about the way she was gonna handle it she did you know what I'm just gonna make sure they answer the question so if there's a question out there.
That -- every direction I'm gonna come and is -- win a minute you know governor Romney or mr.
our President Obama you answer that -- and -- -- to me that there were several opportunities.
It's starting with the very first question.
You know who wanted his job.
And governor Ronnie started talking not didn't really get around at some might say to -- to answer that question the same thing happened with President Obama when that question of Libya came up.
He was asked you know why -- -- your administration jumping and because they were prior attacks to -- -- got the attack.
And people request to more security and didn't -- anything -- he never addressed the question.
Why didn't Candy Crowley bent up and say -- -- -- president that's not you didn't answer the question -- well that's.
Well to be our -- -- -- fact that they did answer the question and -- I don't.
This yeah not about the higher attack and why you -- and -- -- that clearly that's great but that's not going to Lola the moderate either Motorola -- accidental Phillies is only if they.
First of his participating.
To answer the question Rhonda you've seen was bullying Candy Crowley complaining as he always says he didn't get his time was wrong or something he does that and every single debate.
And he comes off like a little bit like a bullet during this moment.
But let's yeah no it isn't it you're gonna jump in for the president that he got the same thing from Iraq allegedly -- out -- -- -- you're gonna have to do it all the way it was a question about obamacare by the way which is this the single most significant thing this president has I was -- -- it would not have all of though -- idea that.
But the idea that the moderator needs to keep these guys honest look and.
This the president of the United States and the challenger they're fully capable of holding one another accountable the point is not to enhance the -- some CNN pundit.
The point is to let the rest of us see what these guys think and how -- we weren't exactly did itself battling way of that and that's the major sin in this sounds like morning after -- by people.
Sincerity and don't feel like they're I got offers anyway if you if Romney had done better last night you wouldn't feel you have to climb up -- -- that's why only because it and I am.
Him at the expense of candy girl it.
We give me a break I've never acted on behalf of the Romney campaign far from it.
I'm merely saying what I saw last night which is a journalist insert herself into a process in which she wasn't needed.
And doing so any fundamentally dishonest way leaving the impression with the audience.
But the president says something he didn't set their -- I think all of this he had isolated act ever on behalf of the on the -- when you put out that video that they actually went nowhere a couple of weeks ago.
Is really ridiculous moment and our magic feeling hot and when I'm sorry that is an attack I'm -- I'm Smart it's out of bounds to play the guys out.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- I hope I'll let let let's go attracted to eight.
Which was why was it when questioned you know in my mind.
The moderator needs to make sure in the town hall -- it environments.
That the question that people are asking can they -- this whole exercise for a reason right they also -- -- the questions her people approve the question and you can talk about whether or not they were good questions are they should have a different ones in there which I think -- about point.
But aren't you there on behalf of the people that are asking the questions to make sure that their questions get answered on -- -- so why didn't she do that.
I think she did that and in fact as Ed Rollins pointed out in the previous segment this was a Ali Frazier type debate.
It was a very good one it's probably one of the best ones we've we've ever seen.
And both sides got their points out and I reject the notion that somehow Candy -- did they -- job properly.
-- they should just eliminate not a raiders.
Overall every one of them wants to insert him or herself into this that can't help but -- TV people and the truth is.
It would be far more instructive for voters just to watch the two candidates talk among themselves with their own rules and I don't have a -- alone tonight we did that if I -- weren't so revealing -- I think I was so let's see -- employee I talk about herself I think we saw quite a -- last -- about.
Who has a better commander in chief.
Who is more likely to be on top of the issues who's telling the truth.
And I think the Romney people are trying to attack the moderator can we -- Russ and I do not attack the moderator when it's -- -- thank you -- out and calm Saturday thousands thanks guys see him.