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At least one presidential debate needs a woman as moderator

I am the first and the last woman to moderate a presidential debate during a general-election campaign. That was in 1992. Twenty years ago.

I was shocked when reminded of this fact by three teenage girls from New Jersey. Sammi Siegel, who’s 15, and Elena Tsemberis and Emma Axelrod, both 16, started a campaign to petition the Bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates to pick a female moderator for at least one of the three presidential debates scheduled for this October. Debates are often decisive in who becomes president, since it’s a chance for voters to hear the candidates state their positions on the issues and discuss solutions for the future.

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