Lehrer says debate was about candidates, not him

PBS anchor and Wichita native Jim Lehrer has taken a lot of grief for losing control of last week’s presidential debate. So what did he think of the debate and its new format? “All of the discussion, it seemed to me, was about things that mattered,” he told the Washington Post. “They weren’t talking about things off in the margins. They were talking about things that truly divide them.” Lehrer said he was initially frustrated when the candidates ignored him, but then decided that wasn’t important. “It isn’t about my power, my control or whatever,” he said. “It was about what the candidates were doing, what they were talking about and what impression they were leaving with the voters. That’s what this is about.”