Wednesday morning on CNN, Candy Crowley defended her moderation of Tuesday’s presidential debate -- and in particular, her on-the-spot fact-checking of Mitt Romney’s claims about President Obama’s response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
During the debate, Romney alleged that Obama had taken weeks to describe the incident as a terrorist act. Crowley intervened, saying that the president “did in fact” call the attack an “act of terror” in his comments the following day and encouraging Romney to move on.
Her assertive performance has drawn howls about "liberal media bias" from the right, including from Rep. Paul D. Ryan, who accused her of backtracking on the Libya issue.
Crowley explained to Soledad O’Brien that her original goal was not to fact-check Romney's claims, but to steer the candidates away from their semantic squabbling and toward more substantive issues.