Neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump took the chance to buck the “white male” trend in selecting their running mates for the current presidential election—Clinton passed over fan-favorite Elizabeth Warren, likely in fear of alienating male voters, and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort actually said once that selecting a woman or person of color would be “pandering.”
However, the moderator of tonight’s VP debate between Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, however will be adding a bit more diversity into the mix. In fact, Elaine Quijano, a journalist for CBS, will make history as the first Asian-American person to moderate a general-election debate. Here are a few other interesting facts about Quijano’s background:
• She was born and grew up in Chicago, after her mother immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines.
• At age 42, she is the youngest journalist to moderate a general election debate since 1988.
• As an anchor for CBSN, CBS’s 24-hour news operation, Quijano is reportedly the first general election moderator from a primarily digital network.
• To preserve her impartiality, Quijano has not tweeted since Sept. 2, when she was announced as debate moderator.
• As a CNN correspondent, she extensively covered President George W. Bush’s failed push for immigration reform.
In an election where one presidential candidate has promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican order to keep out illegal immigrants—and whose running mate has come under fire for refusing Syrian refugees after accepting government funds to accommodate them—Quijano seems well-prepared to press either candidate on viable solutions to the immigration discussion.JJM