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Candy Crowley’s corrections during debate highlight moderator’s role

Updated: October 17, 2012 9:46AM

NEW YORK — Candy Crowley’s signature moment as moderator of the rough-and-tumble presidential debate came when she was called upon to referee a dispute over President Barack Obama’s description of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya an “act of terror.”

When Republican Mitt Romney questioned the president’s assertion that he called the incident an act of terror, Crowley said: “He did, in fact, sir.”

“Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” Obama said, as the debate’s audience broke into applause.

There was also applause when Crowley suggested that it took others in the administration as much as two weeks to abandon the idea that the attacks were related to protests over an anti-Islam video.

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