Who’s moderating the vice presidential debate? All eyes will be on her for the night
This Tuesday, it will be Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s turn to go at it, and because Donald Trump isn’t yet president and making the rules, debates still must have moderators, despite the very rigged system. Sad! That being said, who will moderate the vice presidential debate? CBS News’ Elaine Quijano will be calling the shots this time around, and it’s possible the female reporter will receive as much attention as the debate’s two participants.
Sure, the debate stage at Longwood University in Kaine’s home-state of Virginia will be void of a female candidate or person of color, but as Politico notes, Quijano will bring historical precedent and diversity to the vice presidential debate as the first Asian-American moderator for a general election debate through her Filipino heritage.
However, Quijano’s heritage doesn’t offer grounds to jump to conclusions about her political preferences. Unlike Lester Holt, the moderator of the first presidential debate, her party alignment remains mysterious, which will hopefully (but probably not) keep the Trump campaign from accusing her of Democratic bias and writing the debate off as rigged.
Additionally, on a stage occupied by two predictably old, male politicians, Quijano will be the youngest journalist to moderate a national debate ever since Judy Woodruff served in the role at age 41 in 1988, according to Variety.
Quijano gained national attention when she called out the Obama administration’s failure to send condolence letters to families of military personnel who had committed suicide on CBS Evening News in 2011, finally spurring appropriate action from the Obama administration.
Before joining CBS, Quijano worked for CNN, covering the White House under the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and even traveling to report on events in Kabul, Kuwait City, and Islamabad. This election season, Quijano has covered debates throughout the primary season, as well as both the Republican and Democratic national conventions for CBS.
The debate’s topics have yet to be made known, and while the vice presidential candidates obviously lack the same charisma, entertainment factor, and passionate, all-consuming hatred for each other that Clinton and Trump shared, considering how Pence and Kaine differ just as hotly as their respective presidential nominees do, there’s no reason to believe their debate this Tuesday won’t be at least a little fiery.
You can catch the debate this Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on literally every major cable channel, or stream it on YouTube, Facebook Live, and Twitter.