Trump vs. Clinton: U.S. presidential debate moderators announced

DERRY NH- FEBRUARY 03 Democratic Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton sits with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party hosted Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House

The first debate between Trump and Clinton will take place on 26 September at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

As is traditional, a vice presidential debate will be held between Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine and Trump VP nominee Mike Pence. That will be co-hosted by ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at Washington University in St. Louis Sunday, Oct. 9.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the names of the moderators for the three exchanges between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump and the single event involving the candidates for vice president.

The second debate will be held in St. Louis on October 9, with the final debate October 19 in Las Vegas.

Quijano, a correspondent for CBS News and an anchor for the network’s online programming, was announced as the moderator of the October 4 televised debate between Virginia Sen.

With the choice to include Wallace and to exclude Latinos, it seems like the commission let Trump dictate the conditions for the debates.

You can’t please everybody, especially when it comes to the presidential debate commission’s widely-praised selection of moderators for this fall’s televised general election debates. Holt is the first African-American anchor of a network nightly news program, and Quijano is Filipino-American.

It was unlikely Ramos would have been chosen to moderate, as the commission has grappled with devising a roster of journalists who would not rankle Trump.

Though most voters could be already decided by then – and two states, Minnesota and South Dakota, start early voting three days before the first debate – the debates might be Trump’s best chance to narrow the lead that Clinton has opened in most polls since the party conventions.

In an email today to Janet H. Brown, executive director of The Commission on Presidential Debates, Falco expresses his “disappointment and frankly disbelief” over the absence of Hispanic journalists on the Clinton/Trump moderating panels.

Past debate moderator Candy Crowley found herself accused of bias against 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, during a back and forth about the terrorist attack in Benghazi. The one thing the two long-shot third-party candidates have going for them is public support. In recent months, it has been the most watched cable network overall. “Especially given that Fox has been selected to moderate a debate for the first time ever, it’s time for Donald Trump to end his debate shenanigans and formally agree to debate”.

When the change of venues was announced, Hofstra said it anticipated a “slight uptick” from its 2012 debate budget, which was between $4 and $5 million.