Moderator Chris Wallace of FOX News guides the discussion between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

Chris Wallace is the New Jim Lehrer

Not since Jim Lehrer hosted a Presidential debate has a debate moderator been so in command of the stage. Wallace was the first debate moderator to ask about the national debt in this general election. He pushed back at the candidates pointing out that they did not answer questions. He probed further, but did so respectfully and without giving up command of the stage. He threw an unscripted curve ball in at the end for which the candidates were not prepared.

Chris Wallace also got the joke. He laughed at some of the absurdities. He expressed the audience’s incredulity with certain statements and answers. He debated the candidates, not to disagree with them, but to force them to reveal more substance.

Chris Wallace did a very commendable job. The Commission on Presidential Debates needs to have Chris Wallace do every debate. The only other person in Wallace’s league has been Anderson Cooper and Cooper deserves a chance to shine without having a co-moderator.

We’ve found the future of Presidential debate moderators and that is a good thing.

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