ET) The comedian this year is Joel McHale, also an actor and host of "The Soup" on the E! Network.

Left-leaning media organizations such as the Daily Kos interpreted this move as a bold one from a "proud Democrat" who is not "running scared" in a red state.Though recent statewide polling on the issue is scarce, the Alaska electorate generally favors broad-based "individual freedoms" and traditionally has leaned toward Begich's position on abortion rights.

(Even the state's Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, has a mixed record on the issue.) In voicing this stance, Begich noted that he is in line with the voters he is hoping to represent for another term.

"One thing that hasn't changed is we're very libertarian when it comes to some of these issues, and we don't believe that government should be interfering in our personal and private lives," Begich said.

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No one is for abortion, but giving choice is very important and I think it's important the differences be made clear.Though the new rules do not specifically pick debate moderators, they do propose to give conservative journalists a bigger role in the process.

For some Republicans, concerns about debate referees in 2012 were crystallized in the second general election debate between President Obama and Romney, which was moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley.During that face-off, Crowley at one point corrected Romney's erroneous charge that the president did not label the September 2012 attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

While the eventual tally was overwhelmingly in favor of the rule change, some committee members expressed reservations.Trending News Jared Kushner says Black Americans must "want to be successful" Celebrities who support Donald Trump for president Senate on track to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court in final vote The pivotal post-Election Day dates you need to know How Trump and Biden are spending the final days of the campaign "You're going to squelch the ability of candidates to get to know their voter base, and the voter base to get to know their candidates," Diana Orrock, a national committeewoman from Nevada, told the AP.

"As a voter.