Announced on Friday, Sept. 2, by the Commission on Presidential Debates, three of the four moderators scheduled presidential debates appear to have the approval of Republican nominee Donald Trump, with the exception being CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who appears to have fallen short of Mr. Trump’s admiration.
During an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, the New York businessman questioned Cooper’s ability to remain equitable and looked askance at Cooper’s selection as a referee for the second debate on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.
“I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator, because Anderson Cooper works for CNN and over the last couple of days, I’ve seen how Anderson Cooper behaves. He’ll be very biased, very biased. I don’t think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network and Anderson Cooper, I don’t think he can be fair,” Trump told the Washington Post.
Despite expressing objections over Mr. Cooper, Trump did say he would take part in the debate.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first debate at Hofstra University, Sept. 26 in Hempstead, N.Y.; Cooper will be joined by ABC’s Martha Raddatz to host Trump and Clinton at Washington University, Oct. 9; and Fox News’ Chris Wallace will moderate the final debate on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will host the vice-presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy Business Insider]