Prior to her debut as the anchor for State of the Union, Candy Crowley spoke with NPR's Michel Martin.
... MARTIN: So let's get back to you. As we could figure out, you're only the second woman to solo host one of these platform programs. Leslie Stahl with "Face the Nation" I think was the first. So do you think and, of course, there are other women who filled in from time to time or co-hosted. But it's been years since a woman has had that platform to herself. Do you think that you add - being a woman adds a different flavor, if you will?
Ms. CROWLEY: Okay. I think it's sort of at the core of it and that is let's shed light on these things, let's hold public officials accountable for their actions. Let's try to make a little news here, let's push things forward. Let's look in the last week and see what's going on. I think that's a core journalistic value. In that sense, I don't see John King, the previous host, and I disagreeing on what we - what the mission of the show is.
But two people have different styles, different interview styles perhaps. Different ways they want to put things, different guests they want to bring to the floor. I'm particularly sensitive. And I think John used to - so this is not, you know, particularly, this has nothing to do with his show and everything to do with the fact that, yes, I'm different in part of why I'm different than what's been on is my gender. And I hope that in the end, what people judge me for is the journalism and I think that is. But I - you know, you bring something a little different to the table. And I have to say, when I sat down with the president of the network, Jon Klein, he said to me, I don't want you to I don't want Candy Crowley to do "John King Show." I want Candy Crowley to do "Candy Crowley Show."
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