Neil Cavuto Aims To Get Candidates Off Talking Points At Tonight’s GOP Debate

By Merrill Knox 

Four Fox News anchors are in Sioux City for tonight’s GOP debate: host Bret Baier and moderators Chris Wallace, Neil Cavuto and Megyn Kelly. Cavuto — who says he moderated other debates at CNBC but called this his “first on the grand stage” — tells Yahoo’s Dylan Stableford how the four of them will divide up the questioning:

“Given my background, I’m sort of the finance guy,” Cavuto said. “Megyn, with her background as a lawyer, will cover the legal issues. And Chris will cover the drama on Capitol Hill. But since so much of the drama on the Hill this year is about economic policy, there’s potential for crossover.”

Cavuto said his primary goal in his first debate is to get the candidates off their talking points. “Each candidate comes into this with their agendas and armed with talking points,” Cavuto said. “But as a moderator, our job is to get them off those as much as possible. Seasoned veterans like [Mitt] Romney and [Newt] Gingrich, they’ve done this before. It’s not a surprise they’re good at it.”


Cavuto also recently answered 21 questions for New York:

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I read a lot, then I talk a lot.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
Depends on the sofa, and the room. My wife’s a huge fan of impressionist painters, so the gamut: Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Bazille.  Me? Anything velvet … Velvet Elvis. Velvet Last Supper. Velvet Dogs Playing Poker.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
My ratings have gone up.