Steven Scully, senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network, will be serving as the presidential debate understudy.
The first presidential debate will kick off on Monday, September 26, between nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Scully, who worked as the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2006 to 2007, has been dubbed as “The Most Patient Man on Television.”
The title he has bestowed with stems, among other incidents, from a 2014 call-in debate on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal when a California Republican used the N-word to refer to President Barack Obama.
Steven Scully: Journalist dubbed as ‘Most Patient Man on Television’
As was reported by the New York Daily News, the caller, identified as Anthony from San Diego, had “warned Republicans to stick to a moderate agenda following their success in the midterm elections during the open phones portion of the program.”
“I would just like to say, that the Republicans — and I’m a Republican — please do not overreach,” the caller said. “I know they’re going to overreach but I’m telling you, if you advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and you get too extreme, then Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016.” He then went onto say that “this is about race” and that the “Republicans hate that N**** Obama.”
Scully was quick to discontinue the caller’s speech, apologizing to the viewers. “You can certainly make your point, but you cross the line when you use language like that,” Scully said. “And so to our viewers and listeners, I want to apologize.”
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Steven Scully: Career highlights
Scully worked as a weekend newscaster for the American University based station WAMU. In 1982 and 1983, he was the reporter and anchor for Erie’s WSEE-TV. He joined WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York, in 1986 and worked as a correspondent which involved covering news regarding business, politics and local government.
In addition, he has also taught courses on media and politics as an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College.
The first presidential debate will be held on Monday, September 26. The second debate is scheduled for October 9 and the third and final debate for October 19.