The fifth Democratic primary debate kicked off Wednesday night, featuring the first all-female panel of moderators of the 2020 campaign cycle.
Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowWebb: The modern age of dissent versus riot Cable news audience numbers jump amid coronavirus, protests Demings: ‘America is on fire’ and Trump ‘is walking around with gasoline’ MORE, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC; Andrea Mitchell, host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC and NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, Washington Post White House reporter moderated the debate, which was hosted jointly by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
In January 2016, Trish Regan and Sandra Smith moderated a Republican presidential debate on the Fox Business Network. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff of PBS co-moderated a Democratic debate in February 2016, according to Vox.
Audiences at home were quick to celebrate the team of women.
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— Arielle Mitropoulos (@AMitrops) November 20, 2019
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— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 20, 2019
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— Joanne Norell (@jvnorelli) November 20, 2019
Seeing an all-female moderator panel is beautiful #DemDebate
— Alexis (@alexiscole) November 20, 2019
Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that each debate it holds it will have at least one female moderator.
“We have taken an innovative and inclusive approach to debates so that we reach the widest audience and give our historically large field of candidates a fair chance to make their case to the American people,” DNC senior adviser Mary Beth Cahill told Refinery29 at the time of the announcement.
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