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Crowley says she will 'cull' town-hall questions

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CNN’s Candy Crowley, moderator for the second presidential debate, said Monday that she and a small team of assistants will “cull” questions from a town-hall audience in advance to decide which queries are posed to President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“I have a small team of folks that are going to help me,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’re the only ones that know what the totality of the questions and we’re going to try to figure out as broad of a range we can get to [Tuesday night].”

Up to 100 audience members will attend the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and Ms. Crowley said “not everyone’s going to get to ask a question. We have to cull through those and figure it out.”

Ms. Crowley said questions will be posed by audience members, but she will get a chance to question the candidates as well.

“There is a time after that for follow-up and for furthering the discussion,” she said, adding that she is studying up on the candidates’ positions to pose questions “when something comes up that maybe could use a little further explanation.”

She told Mr. Blitzer that she expects Mr. Obama to be more passionate than in the first debate on Oct. 3.

“There has to be a real vigorous standing up for what he believes in,” Ms. Crowley said. “And let’s remember that President Obama is not Joe Biden. He’s not as hot, if you will, on camera, not as passionate. This still has to be President Obama. And he still has to show passion, but he can’t go over the top.”

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