Schieffer Vows to Get Straight Answers in Debate

Says he will get tough with both candidates
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 4:31 AM CDT
Barack Obama makes a point as John McCainlistens during the second presidential debate.   (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)
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(Newser) – CBS veteran broadcaster Bob Schieffer has vowed to stand firm when he moderates the final presidential debate tonight, and will press the candidates to answer questions put to them, Politico reports. Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill and Tom Brokaw have come under fire for being too easy on candidates in previous televised debates. Schieffer may be aided by an in-your-face format in which he and the candidates will be seated together.

If candidates fail to answer questions, "I'm going to call them on it," Schieffer told the Hollywood Reporter. His former CBS colleague Dan Rather said he believes when a candidate doesn’t answer a question, "at the very least, the moderator needs to say, ‘You didn’t answer the question—even if he has to interrupt."