In an appearance of Fox News Channel’s “America Newsroom,” Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” anchor Maria Bartiromo, a moderator for the next Republican presidential debate, which is hosted by her network and The Wall Street Journal, reacted to the debate hosted by her former employer, CNBC.
Bartiromo said the debate moderators, which have faced criticisms across the board from all the candidates and from other media outlets, was a teachable moment in that it made her recognize what the point of these debates are.
“I thought it was extraordinary, actually,” she said. “I think it’s so important after looking at that debate – I say it’s so important much more than ever before to recognize what the point of these debates are. So I think the point of these debates in general is to ensure that the voter out there has the opportunity to distinguish the differences of all the candidates – the differences in the economic policy, their foreign policy and also the differences in their leadership style and their governance. And I think that’s what I want to try to do. I want to try to make sure to communicate and solicit from all the candidates how their plan differs from the next guy or gal and how it impacts the average person out there.”
She went on to offer her thoughts on GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson’s suggestion that he and the other candidates are looking for some tweaks in the debate format.
“Look, I think what Dr. Carson said is really important because it’s not about me,” she added. “And it’s not about the moderators … I go into this and I approach this next debate by saying it really is about the American voter and what he or she wants to know about the candidates and try to help the voter distinguish what’s different about all these candidates and what is it – what is that little secret sauce that might come and say to the voter, ‘Aha, that’s my guy. That’s my gal. That’s what I’m looking for and that’s what’s important to me.”
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