Report: Crowley Will Be Allowed to Do Followups in Debate

Candy Crowley is pretty much determined to ask followup questions at tonight’s presidential debate, as whe told CNN on Monday. And last week, in an interview with Variety, she outlined a more active role than the passive one that is spelled out in an agreement with the Obama and Romney campaigns. Today, PBS’s Judy Woodruff is reporting that the Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that yes, Crowley will be permitted to do followups. That will spare Crowley the charge that she is about to go “rogue.” She can, after all, ask anything she wants to once the debate starts, as it’s highly unlikely that either candidate would call foul and risk sounding petty.

Update: Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the commission, says of Crowley, “We’ve met with her. She understands her role and I think she’ll do a great job.” He told CNN that the Commission was not a party to the “memorandum of understanding” between the Obama and Romney campaigns, in which they restricted the asking of followup questions. Instead, Fahrenkopf said that Crowley understands that her role is that of “facilitator,” which includes followup questions on the topic at hand but not on unrelated topics.

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