"By nature, I am someone who hews to the middle. I need to hear all sides of a story. I pride myself on considering that someone else may have a better point. Unless I am engaged in a tough round of dominoes or Scrabble, I think of myself as unreasonably reasonable. But these times do not lend themselves to that kind of thinking."
"There is nothing like a genuine crisis to put a political election in context. I do not have the answers, but the shocking Paris attacks have certainly given voters a reasonable list of questions to ask the 17 presidential candidates still eligible to return to debate stages in December."
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.