Gwen Ifill: Conservatives used me to change the subject
NBC’s Tom Brokaw talked with Gwen Ifill who moderated the vice presidential debate. Prior to the debate, conservatives called for Ifill to be replaced as the debate moderator because she has planned to write a book that is partially about Obama.
Ifill said, “What I discovered this week, in an uncomfortable way, is that when they throw everything in the mix to change the subject that you can get in the way. I got in the way of it this week. It was an interesting — I kind of didn’t pay attention to a lot of it — but it was interesting to realize that if changing the subject from the stakes of vice president meant talking about the moderator instead of talking about the candidate, they would do that. If that meant raising questions about anything else that’s out there — which is why if you leard one thing about this campaign is every week it will be something else.”
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast October 5, 2008.