Schieffer Says Moderators Getting Too Much Focus

Third debate scheduled for Monday night

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    CBS News' Bob Schieffer.

    The native Texan who will moderate Monday's third presidential debate says viewers often pay too much attention to his role.

    CBS' Bob Schieffer tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he considers moderators to be like umpires -- because "you only hear criticism from the losing team."

    Schieffer says debates are more about how candidates behave on stage than what they say to his questions. He says he sees former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the clear winner of the first debate and President Barack Obama as a less decisive victor of the second.

    Schieffer also moderated the final debates in 2004 and 2008.

    Schieffer was born in Austin, though has always considered Fort Worth his home according to his biography on the Schieffer School of Journalism's web site. Schieffer got his start in media as a reporter for the Star-Telegram and a reporter/anchor for NBC 5, then known as WBAP-TV.

    He has been with CBS News for more than 40 years.