Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, made the invitation, which will make Crowley the first woman to moderate one of the debates since 1992.
"If this is something young women look at and say, 'I can do this,' I think, 'Absolutely, you can do this,' I am all for that,“ Crowley said Monday in some of her first remarks about the opportunity. "But I think, first, I am a journalist, and this is just an amazing opportunity as a journalist…. And I am a girl."
Crowley’s selection, along with that of ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who was picked to host the lone vice presidential debate, caused a bit of a sensation around the Internet. But the veteran political reporter, who hosts “State of the Union” on Sundays on CNN, said Brown offered the job in such a matter-of-fact manner that the significance didn’t register immediately.
“It was such a low-key call, I was at first thinking, 'What is she saying?' " said Crowley, who was near Lake Michigan vacationing with her family. "I never knew I was in the running, or not in the running."