In a nationally televised presidential science debate, who will be the best moderator?

Both Obama and McCain attended the Saddleback faith forum because, some say, it was an honor to be associated with Pastor Rick Warren among the mainstream grassroots faith communities.

In a nationally televised presidential science debate, who will be the best moderator? A scientist? A journalist? A team? Male? Female? This person doesn’t have to be a scientist, but does have to be science literate and keyed into the national policy dialogue – and someone both candidates will accept. It’s a tall order. Your thoughts?

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  1. Bill Gates

    I think Bill Gates would be a moderator whose invitation both likely candidates would find it difficult to turn down.

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    • A triumverate; deGrasse Tyson, Flatow and Alda.

      Sorry, it just occurred to me that a triangle defense against the offense of the political establishment would be a good thing. I saw those three names mentioned together in previous posts, and it just hit me: have a trio of moderators to get a more nuanced questioning of the candidates.

      5 votes
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      • I'd like to see separate lists for "suggested moderator" and for "characteristics the moderator should have."

        I'd like to see separate lists for "suggested moderator" and for "characteristics the moderator should have." Among the latter: non-fringe views on science, and hesitancy to express contrarian opinions on issues in areas outside one's expertise.

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        • Tom Brokow

          Very interested in science, clued into policy, and high levels of trust in American public.

          23 votes
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          • 24 votes
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            • 19 votes
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              • Natalie Angier

                An outstanding science reporter for The New York Times.

                11 votes
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                • Mike Wallace, in memoriam

                  As a life size cardboard cutout, or at least a lapel pin worn by the interviewers, no matter who ends up doing it.

                  5 votes
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                  • Lawrence Krauss

                    Articulate and passionate about science and society.

                    20 votes
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                    • Phil Plait aka the Bad Astronomer

                      He's charming, intelligent, has been debunking anti-science BS for years.

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                      • Francis Collins

                        The interviewer should be familiar with biology, since those are the scientific issues that will dominate the next 4 years (and many years beyond). The budget for NIH alone makes such an exploration essential. Collins is one of those rare individuals who happily sees science and religion coexisting. He can help lay to rest the tired myth that science is at war with religion, which seems pretty important since many citizens increasingly equate science with atheism..

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                        • Brian Williams

                          He understands science & is a (relatively) unbiased reporter. No atheists or liberals who will force the candidates to be anti-science just to please the religious voters.

                          10 votes
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                            • Rachel Maddow

                              She has the experience of dealing with politicians, and is definitely a closet geek.

                              9 votes
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                                • Sanjay Gupta

                                  He is a medical doctor, widely conversant in many aspects of science and technology. He is camera savvy and well known.

                                  17 votes
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                                  • David Suzuki

                                    Being neutral - as he is a well-known and respected Canadian scientist who has a wonderful knack for dialogue and charisma. He is now deeply involved in policy issues - especially surrounding sustainablity. He established the David Suzuki Foundation (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/david/) and is the host of the Nature of Things on CBC (Canadian Broad Casting) station.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • John Grant

                                      His books like 'Corrupted Science' and 'Denying Science' show he doesn't put up with B.S. from politicians.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • William J. Broad

                                        Broad is a great science reporter for The New York Times. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a reporter for Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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