FBN Debate Moderators Describe How They'll Move Candidates Past Talking Points

Maria Bartiromo and Sandra Smith tell us their plans for round two.


Maria-BartiromoWhen Fox Business Network hosted its first-ever GOP debate back in November, it had a dual objective: stand out in contrast to the widelypanned CNBC GOP debate that preceded it, and establish its identity in front of a new audience. The network, and FBN moderators Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto, Trish Regan and Sandra Smith did just that–well enough to make November its highest-rated month ever, well enough to receive a second hosting invitation.

“I’m, frankly, proud that they asked us to do another [debate],” says FBN host and global markets editor Maria Bartiromo, who, along with Neil Cavuto, reprises her role as moderator tonight.

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