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Moderators announced for U.S. presidential debates in October

(Xinhua)

08:20, August 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- CNN chief political correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley was among the four moderators picked for the four U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates scheduled for October, the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced on Monday.

Crowley, the anchor of CNN's State of the Union, will moderate the second presidential debate, to be held on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

This is the first time in two decades that a woman journalist has been named the moderator of a U.S. presidential debate.

Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS Newshour, will moderate the first presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 3 at University of Denver, Colorado.

Bob Schieffer, the chief Washington correspondent of CBS News and moderator of Face the Nation, will moderate the third and last presidential debate due on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Rator, Florida.

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