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Debate Commission Defends Lehrer
Debate moderator Jim Lehrer has been roundly criticized for his performance during Wednesday's first presidential debate. But the group that organized the debate is defending the veteran journalist.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said Lehrer implemented its new format exactly as designed.
Critics have said Lehrer was too passive and let the candidates go over their allotted time in several segments.
Lehrer said the moderator should be rarely seen or heard, and that it's up to the candidates to ask the follow-up questions and challenge each other.
He said the debate was successful based on its goal.