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Debate moderators aren’t advocates

Sen. Ted Cruz recently remarked that moderators at Republican debates “should help conservatives determine who’d be the best and most consistent conservative.” But a debate moderator’s true role is not to be an advocate for any particular political party or candidate, but to be as fair, objective, and non-partisan as possible, says Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford, the Flansburg Fellow at the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. Read his op-ed in The Des Moines Register.