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Who won Thursday’s debate? Martha Raddatz (the third debater)

At other times she was the seasoned ABC News war correspondent who kept the two guys in suits taking snarky swipes at each other in line.

She pressed the candidates to give firm answers, such as when Vice President Joe Biden said Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan was just saying “a bunch of stuff.”

“What does that mean, ‘a bunch of stuff?’” Raddatz asked Biden.

Moderator on the hot seat The role of the debate moderator Perspective from a moderator The 2012 debate moderators Raddatz also pressed for specifics such as when she demanded of Ryan: “I want to know how you do the math and have this increase in defense spending?”

Five things we learned from the VP debate When she wanted to direct the foreign policy debate to a new topic, she commanded: “Let’s move to Iran.”

And to Iran the conversation moved.

She forced the candidates to do a bit of self reflection when she asked: “are you embarrassed by the tone of this election?”

If her trending status on Twitter was an indication, Raddatz schooled the two candidates — hard news reporter style — and won accolades from journalistic colleagues in the process.

As veteran PBS journalist Charlie Rose tweeted: “Everyone seems to agree that @martharaddatz is the star of this debate.”

His network colleague, Jim Lehrer, host of “PBS NewsHour,” was widely criticized last week and skewered by late night comedy shows after serving as moderator of the presidential debate.

Raddatz netted a different reaction.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com …

via Who won Thursday’s debate? Martha Raddatz (the third debater).

 

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  1. Simeon Blatchley
    October 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    I would agree about her profficiancy in asking pointed questions, however I was rather unimpressed with how she would allow Biden to have the floor once he began to “crosstalk” Ryan. I thought that to be rather unimpressive, considering how many times Biden interrupted Ryan.

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