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Trump analyzes potential debate moderators

Donald Trump on Thursday opened up about who he would like to see moderating this fall’s presidential debates.
 
In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump seemed to give a thumbs-up to two potential moderators, but outright rejected a third name broached.
 
{mosads}”I think [NBC’s] Lester Holt is a good guy,” the GOP nominee said when asked who he’d like to see as moderator for the first debate on Sept. 26 in Hempstead, N.Y. 
 
“I like some of the old faces, too, but I’m OK with having new faces.” 
 
Holt has never moderated a presidential debate before. 
 
“I don’t want to have people that are unfair,” Trump continued. “When you look at what Candy Crowley did with, you know, with Mitt Romney, that was so unfair. And she was wrong on top of everything.” 
 
Candy Crowley — then a CNN anchor — drew the ire of Republicans at a 2012 debate between Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, and President Obama. 
 
After Romney said Obama did not immediately call that year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, a terror attack, Crowley fact-checked him, saying Obama did use the term. It was her only attempt to fact-check a statement during the debate.
 
Crowley admitted afterward that it was an ambiguous situation, saying Romney was “right in the main, I just think he picked the wrong word.”
 
“She was wrong,” Hewitt agreed in his Thursday interview with Trump. “But Chuck Todd won’t do that. [CBS’s John] Dickerson won’t do that. [CNN’s] Jake [Tapper] and Wolf Blitzer won’t do that. Dana Bash was very fair to you, didn’t you think?” 
 
“I think she’s had moments of great fairness,” Trump replied. 
 
Hewitt, who often appears on CNN but is not a paid contributor, then brought up CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham. 
 
“I’ve never gotten along with her, no,” said Trump, adding after some cross-talk, “No, she is not a fan of mine, and I’ve never gotten along with her. … I don’t know her. I don’t know her, but she says only bad things, so let’s cross her name off.”
 
Asked who else he would prefer, Trump deferred. 
 
“I don’t want to say that now. I’m not looking to insult anybody, but you know, I’m a person that doesn’t like insulting people.”
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