Martha Raddatz from ABC News gained widespread praise for her role as a moderator in the vice presidential debate that took place between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
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Despite all the charges of favoritism and bias she received from the conservative outlets, Raddatz proved herself an active and energetic moderator unlike Jim Lehrer who lost control during the debate the first presidential debate and was greatly panned.
At times during the debate it looked as if Martha was the third debater. Martha is an experienced ABC News war correspondent who kept both the candidates countering each other perfectly in line as they discussed foreign issues.
She pushed the candidates to give firm answers with specifics and concrete facts rather than hyperbole. So much was her control during the debate that when Joe Biden said Paul Ryan was just saying "a bunch of stuff." Raddatz immediately turned around and asked Biden, "What does that mean, 'a bunch of stuff?'"
Speaking to Ryan about Mitt Romney's response to the attacks, she asked, "Was that really appropriate right in the middle of the crisis?"
Yo, Jim Lehrer, This Is What Killing It Looks Like: the Martha Raddatz Story— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 12, 2012
Martha had her homework done. She streamlined the entire process to ensure that each segment of the debate gets adequate time for discussion. When she wanted to direct the foreign policy debate to a new topic, she commanded: "Let's move to Iran." The candidates were seated close together with Raddatz around a table; this more intimate format helped her control Biden and Ryan in a better way as to what was done by Lehrer.
Her tremendous job as a moderator was overwhelmingly praised on Twitter!
Martha Raddatz is the Ryan Gosling of debate moderators.— sammy rhodes (@prodigalsam) October 12, 2012
I vote Martha Raddatz moderates the first presidential debate in 2016. Smart questions, smart follow-ups, smart woman. #VPDebate— ShelbyKnox (@ShelbyKnox) October 12, 2012
Our perspective: There were two winners tonight. Martha Raddatz... and the American viewer! Great #VPdebate, y'all.— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz was a great. Thank you @martharaddatz! Happy International Day of The Female!— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz is best moderator ever!!!— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) October 12, 2012
I liked the part at the end when Martha Raddatz jumped on the table, z-snapped ferociously and shouted "WHO'S THE BOSS NOW, LEHRER?"— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz was an absolutely perfect moderator tonight. Great questions, knew when to let them interject and when to shut them up— Christopher G. Nardi (@ChrisGNardi) October 12, 2012
Some conservative commentators, however, were not so pleased, check out:
Why does Raddatz want to "move on" when Ryan is getting traction?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 12, 2012
FIXED --> Wow. Not only did Biden interrupt Ryan at least 82 times, but also Martha Raddatz interrupted Ryan ANOTHER 34 times. Unbelievable.— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) October 12, 2012
Horrible Moderator: Martha Raddatz Interrupts Ryan Constantly, Asks Stupid Questions --- breitbart.com/Big-Journalism…— John Nolte(@NolteNC) October 12, 2012