In a presidential election cycle which features a field of candidates exclusively male, there is nothing sweeter than the news that at least one woman will have a role more prominent and influential than that of a candidate's wife.
After 20 years of presidential debates moderated by men, a woman will step up to the plate -- CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. She'll be moderating an October 16th town-hall style meeting to be held at Hofstra University.
The two other presidential debates will be handled by Jim Lehrer (PBS) and Bob Schieffer (CBS) respectively. ABC's Martha Raddatz will moderate the vice presidential debate.
My colleague Tom Murse who covers US Politics for About.com has the full details, including this quote from Crowley:
"As someone who is in awe and grateful every day to be in a country where freedom of the press, free speech and free elections are a way of life, I am wowed, amazed and excited by the opportunity to moderate a 2012 presidential debate," Crowley said in a written statement posted on CNN today.
Photo of Candy Crowley © Jemal Countess/Getty Images