Debates 4: A New Hope

Posted on October 22, 2012 

Tonight marks the final Presidential debate, this time focusing on foreign policy.

Veteran CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer will moderate, which should be good news, considering that the previous three debates have focused more on the moderators than the candidates.

CNN reporter Candy Crowley, who was moderating her first debate the last time, did herself no favors when she corrected Mitt Romney on a question about Libya, then later admitted she was wrong.

Schieffer has moderated debates in the past two elections, so he likely knows enough to keep himself out of the story. At the end of the day, people are tuning in to see the candidates, not the moderators. Of course, people criticized veteran newsman Jim Lehrer for not intervening enough during the first debate, but I think a moderator should err on the side of letting the candidates speak than interrupting them.

Anyway, I'll be happy when all of them are over. Since I have to cover local races in addition to local reaction to the national races, Nov. 7 -- the day after the election -- cannot come soon enough.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: With the debates on all of the networks tonight, the only new stuff is "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.), "The Voice" (NBC, 8 p.m.) and new episodes of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" from 8-10 p.m. on The CW.

On cable, there are new episodes at 8 p.m. of ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" and SyFy's "Alphas."

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