Jim Lehrer responded on Thursday to the furor surrounding his debate moderating performance.
Though it was his 12th time in the role, Lehrer received some of his worst press, with critics saying that he had let both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney roll over him repeatedly, that his questions were vague and that he did not ask a broad enough range of them. The co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which selected Lehrer, said the forum had needed a "firmer hand on the tiller." Lehrer was grappling with a new format which saw the debate divided into 15-minute, relatively wide-open sections. The candidates took advantage of this, resisting Lehrer's attempts to bring them back on track or tell them their time was up.