HANNITY: I thought it was great. And I liked it, because it was -- let them debate each other. It was a debate, it wasn't a joint press conference.
LEHRER: Right. But it kind of redefined what moderator is too, Sean.
LEHRER: And -- because I've been, one of the criticism is you know, partisans, to partisans, to partisans. But people who are none-partisan also criticized me because I didn't follow up, I didn't challenge people. But see the whole -- my whole point was, and the commission's whole point, and I was implementing what they want and what I enthusiastic agreed with, was that there's going to be any challenging, the candidates will going to have to do it.
LEHRER: Yes. I was going to facilitate the challenging but I wouldn't going to do it myself.
HANNITY: You have been doing this a long time. How many presidential debates, vice presidential debates have you done total?
LEHRER: Twelve. The twelve one was October 3rd.
HANNITY: That is pretty amazing. Are you nervous before these debates? Do you see nervousness in the candidates knowing that the magnitude is a moment?
LEHRER: There is nervousness everywhere. There certainly is with me. And I think anybody who says they're not nervous before they moderate a presidential debate is either fool or a liar. How could you not be nervous?
LEHRER: I mean, and everything from a moderator is one thing, just multiply it 15 fold for a candidate, because one false move, one false word, can affect the presidency of the United States. And I'm always aware of it when I'm moderating and how can the candidates not be and history has proven that.
HANNITY: Do you get the sense that -- I was actually thinking this during the debate. Do you get a sense while it's going on that one is winning the debate?
HANNITY: I mean, you don't get a sense at all?
LEHRER: No, I completely turn off the judgment function at my brain.
HANNITY: You can compartmentalize that?
LEHRER: Sure, first of all, remember, I'm sitting from here to there.
LEHRER: And the 67 million people are watching on television. So, that is the perspective that matters in this. And I'm concentrating on trying to make the trains run on time, the last -- when a debate is over, and somebody says to me, oh, well, we really cleaned the plow of World War II, I don't know.
HANNITY: You're not hearing it.
LEHRER: I'm not hearing it. And it's not my function as a moderator.
HANNITY: You usually are committed to being fair which I give you a lot of credit for. I obviously couldn't do it. Who was the most nervous -- I don't know, you may not want to answer this and if you don't, I understand -- of all the candidates when you're moderating a debate, that it was most visibly uncomfortable to you.
LEHRER: Oh, Sean, I haven't thought -- all of them, they're all human beings too and no matter how much, how many times they have been in front of millions and millions of people and doing kinds of things and additions to debates, there is always a sign that they are nervous.
HANNITY: You can pick up on it.
LEHRER: Yes. You can smell it.
HANNITY: I have a lot of critics, too. I thought it was unfair and I thought you did a great job and always committed to being fair. And it's really a pleasure to see you again. Thank you for being with us.
LEHRER: Thank you, Sean.
HANNITY: Appreciate it. Good luck with the book as always. Thanks for being here.
LEHRER: Thank you.
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