Cooper, Kelly top picks to moderate debates
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox News’s Megyn Kelly are the top choices to moderate the presidential debates, according to a new poll.
Cooper was the top selection in the Morning Consult poll released Monday, with 34 percent. Kelly was second, at 25 percent.
Rounding out the top five are Fox News’s Chris Wallace, at 22 percent; Bob Schieffer, who is now retired from CBS News, at 17 percent; and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, at 16 percent.
Selections are not expected until “the end of August at the earliest,” Mike McCurry — co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates — recently told The Hill.
Along party lines, Cooper — who last week scored CNN’s first interview with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump since June — was the top choice among those supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Wallace — who interviewed Clinton on “Fox News Sunday” on July 31 — was the top choice for supporters of Trump.
In a survey conducted by The Hill earlier this month, NBC’s Lester Holt was the top choice of many media insiders to serve as moderator. He did not receive any votes in the Morning Consult poll.
Overall, the hosts of the broadcast network’s Sunday morning talk shows didn’t fare well in the new poll.
Just 7 percent selected Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while John Dickerson of CBS’s “Face the Nation” and George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “This Week” garnered 5 and 4 percent, respectively.
The first presidential debate is set for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y.
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