John Harwood, a co-moderator for the third Republican debate on CNBC, is known for having a hate-hate relationship with conservatives. He came down hard on Donald Trump and asked if he was running a comic book campaign, which Trump took issue to. Harwood has also declared that President Barack Obama has the strongest economy in the world. His moderation of the debate is highly controversial.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Harwood Has Been Around Politics His Entire Life
Harwood has been around politics practically his entire life. His father was a reporter for The Washington Post and Harwood flew with him on a presidential campaign press plane when he was just 11 years old, CNBC reported. While in high school, he worked as a copy boy for The Washington Post. He then studied journalism at Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1989.
2. He’s a Political Correspondent And a Journalist
Harwood hosts “Speakeasy with John Harwood,” a digital video series on CNBC. He’s also the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a writer for The New York Times. He’s also a political analyst for NBC Nightly News and PBS’ Washington Week in Review, CNBC reported.
3. He Traveled to South Africa And Extensively Covered the Unrest There
Harwood traveled extensively to South Africa while covering national and international politics in Florida. He covered the apartheid regime and deepening unrest in South Africa, CNBC reported.
4. Harwood And Conservatives Pretty Much Hate Each Other
Harwood and other CNBC moderators came down hard on many of the Republican candidates during the debate, drawing anger from the crowd and a harsh statement from Ted Cruz. Harwood is known for having a hate-hate relationship with conservatives, which is illustrated in an article by The Federalist titled, “CNBC’s John Harwood Has No Business Moderating a GOP Presidential Debate.” Harwood has written many articles criticizing conservatives and is known for taking stances against Republicans, Vox reported. For example, he admitted that he and a producer made Rick Perry’s infamous “oops” moment worse when he moderated that debate, Fox reported.
5. He Was Rumored to Have Had an Affair With a Senator, But Denied the Rumors
Back in 2010, Harwood was rumored to have had an affair with Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell while married to Frankie Blackburn, the Washington Examiner reported. The New York Post had claimed that the two were dating, Harwood was asking friends to set him up with other people while he was married, and that Harwood had asked reporters to kill the story. Harwood denied the accusations and added that he didn’t like to talk about his family life. “You are asking about a bunch of stuff that is none of your business,” the Washington Examiner reported him saying. Harwood and Blackburn have three daughters.