After those announcements, Gwen says she commenced reading everything they've done over the years—including reviewing their previous debates to create a massive list of questions. From there, she started editing. "Take [the list] from hundreds of questions you'd love to ask to the questions which are fair and neutral and will engage debate rather than inquisition," she says. "My point was this was a debate about teaching the American people about both of these candidates, not just one. I tried to always come up with questions they could both answer."
Gwen says she actually was able to ask all the questions she wanted to include...and even a few she didn't think she'd get to. "I asked them at one point what their Achilles' heel was—what their great weakness was. And I had decided early on I wasn't going to ask that, but I'm glad I did. It was interesting," she says. "The questions you ask someone who is going to be vice president [are] slightly different from what you ask the person who's going to be president."