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CNBC debate yields confusion rather than clarity

CNBC debate yields confusion rather than clarity

The nicest thing I can say about Wednesday night’s GOP debate on CNBC is that it was lively.

But that’s where the nice stops.

What a trio of grandstanding, hotdog moderators in Becky Quick, Carl Quintanilla and John Harwood. And as a result of their erratic application of what could only laughingly be described as rules and their sometimes poorly researched questions, what a mess of a debate.

I have been criticizing moderators in the last few debates for not being tough and authoritative enough, but this was a case of moderators trying to be tough without putting fairness first and, most of all, without asking questions that would help viewers know more about...