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Candy Crowley is set to be the first woman in 20 years to moderate a presidential debate on Tuesday.
However, Crowley, known as CNN's chief political correspondent and anchor of State of the Union, is already receiving criticism for how she plans on moderating.
The debate will follow a town hall meeting format, where Crowley won't ask the questions but facilitate the questions delivered by undecided voters gathered by the Gallup Organization.
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Ahead of Tuesday's debate, Crowley has spoken on CNN on her role as moderator.
She said to CNN's Suzanne Malveau, "Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, 'Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?'"
According a report by TIME, both Obama and Romney campaigns have "expressed concern" that such comments infringe on the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which organizes the presidential debates, policy.
Both campaigns wrote a memo, obtained by TIME, to the CPD, stating, "In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic...The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period."
Crowley has not commented specifically on TIME's report.
Crowley did interview with Gail Shister of Media Bistro on her expectations for the debate.
When asking about the candidates potentially filibustering, ""I've watched a lot of debates over the past years, and that's what candidates do - talk over. As a moderator, you're always trying to find that space between cutting off the conversation too early or letting it go too long."
She added, "If someone is determined to continue to talk, you have to be equally determined to try to get them to cut it off. I don't know either of these men to be rude. Their campaigns set the rules, largely. In some ways, that makes it a little easier for me."
The questions for the debate will be on both domestic and foreign policies.
Crowley will moderated the 90-minute debate on Tues., Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.