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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CNN Coverage Plans for Tonight’s Presidential Debate

CNN Coverage Plans for Tonight’s Presidential Debate
CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate Tuesday the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The network’s special debate coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King in Washington, Soledad O’Brien, Jessica Yellin and Dana Bash inside the debate hall, and Erin Burnett in Ohio, where she will be joined by a group of undecided voters. On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis will be chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, as well as Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, Van Jones and Dee Dee Myers.

Prior to the start of the debate, the network will unveil:
  • New, unaired portions from recent interviews with both of the candidates’ wives. Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama and chief political analyst Gloria Borger interviewed Ann Romney.
Coverage during the presidential debate will include:
  • Real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
  • A running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time and the time spent on major issues at the end of the debate.
Post-debate coverage will feature:
·         Political fact checks from the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman from the network’s virtual studio.
·         A CNN/ORC International poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate.
Reporting from the debate site at Hofstra University will be:
  • Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will report from the debate and bring viewers instant reaction from the Spin Room upon conclusion of the debate.
  • White House correspondents Brianna Keilar and Dan Lothian will report from the debate site leading up to the evening’s face-off.
  • Political director Mark Preston, political editor Paul Steinhauser and political reporter Peter Hamby.
Where to watch:
  • CNN will air special coverage of the debate beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The 90-minute debate will air live beginning at 9 p.m. and will replay at 12:30 a.m. The debate will air again in its entirety beginning at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
  • CNN will provide unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Additionally, Web users can become video editors with the new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter.

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Anonymous said...

I think Candy Crowley did a great job moderating the debate and I really enjoy State of the Union. The debate was very intriguing. CNN did a great job with their coverage. I love that they post the question asked to the candidates on screen and I think the speaking timer is a great addition. I honestly feel though that the undecided voter squiggly line analysis is pointless. I don't think anyone completely understands it and that it's too distracting to have on screen.

Anonymous said...

Someone in a previous blog comment said they would like to see Fareed Zakaria move to prime time. Speaking of him on a side note, I may be wrong but I may have heard a CNN commercial, while I was in another room, for the foreign policy debate coverage Monday anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, AND Fareed Zakaria. It will be interesting to see him in prime time as part of this major event.

Anonymous said...

@2:40am - totally agree. Candy was great. I also do not like the squiggly line thing - it is too distracting. I find myself watching it and I don't like that is influences how I am interpreting the debate. This is why I watched the debate on MSNBC. Although I went back to CNN so I could see Candy talk about her experience as moderator.

I heard that too! I think Zakaria is supposed to play a leading role in the next debate. That will be great - I never understood why CNN didn't utilize Zakaria more. I would rather see him and Amanpour than most of the dumb pundits CNN selects.

Anonymous said...

There are no 'undecided voters.'
These are people who can't decide what to eat, where to sit, and what to wear.
They've all made up their minds, those that have one.
They just like the attention.
That's about the only decision they've ever made.

Anonymous said...

@2:40AM - An article was posted on TVnewser of how some anchor at NBC, who was watching the debate on CNN, found the squiggly lines way too distracting too.