Martha Raddatz: Much praise for debate

Saturday October 13, 2012

NEW YORK -- ABC’s Martha Raddatz took a forceful approach to moderating the vice presidential debate on Thursday, winning many positive reviews from instant pundits on social media but some complaints from Republicans.

Her performance was a clear contrast to PBS’ Jim Lehrer’s work in last week’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Lehrer let the presidential candidates talk almost freely, while Raddatz sought to be more specific and keep things under control.

Raddatz, a foreign policy correspondent at ABC News since 1999, was moderating her first vice presidential or presidential debate.

She stopped one exchange on the economy just at the point Vice President Joe Biden and GOP candidate Paul Ryan had descended into bickering.

She twice pressed Ryan for proposals when the congressman said a Romney administration would work to close tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy.

Later, Raddatz drew Biden’s ire during a discussion on the war in Afghanistan.

Twitter was alight with praise for Raddatz, including some suggestions that she run for vice president.

The social media scorecard for Raddatz became more predictable as the debate went on, as Slate magazine noted in one tweet: "Liberals think Martha Raddatz is the best debate moderator ever, conservatives think the worst."


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