N.J. teens stymied in attempt to start a conversation about presidential debates
A small phalanx of media people stood outside the Commission on Presidential Debates on New Hampshire Avenue NW this week, while a bored-looking security guard watched from the front steps.
Suddenly, camera shutters began sounding off as Sammi Siegel, 15, and Elena Tsemberis and Emma Axelrod, both 16, walked up, carrying cardboard boxes emblazoned with “It’s time for equality in the 2012 debates.”
The three rising New Jersey high school juniors think it’s wrong that no woman has moderated a presidential debate since Carole Simpson of ABC presided over a 1992 exchange featuring Bill Clinton, incumbent George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot. (For those of you about to go to Wikipedia, those were vice presidential debates that Gwen Ifill moderated in 2004 and 2008, not presidential debates.)