an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and
Romney campaigns suggests CNN’s Candy Crowley would play a limited role
in the Tuesday-night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that
agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she
has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As
Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the
town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a
second, what about X, Y, Z?’”
The debate at Hofstra differs from the other three in that questions will be driven by audience members, not the moderator.
to the town-hall format language in the agreement, after each audience
question and both two-minute responses from the candidates, Obama and
Romney are expected to have an additional discussion facilitated by
The town-hall debate is planned for Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead.