ABC's Raddatz draws praise for work as debate moderator, but draws some complaints from GOP

  • Article by: DAVID BAUDER , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 10:10 AM
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notaxmaxOct. 12, 12 9:42 AM

I think she tried to be fair but her liberal leanings led her to interupt Ryan many times while she failed to stop Biden as he interupted Ryan 82 times (counted by cnn). She also asked Ryan very pointed questions and interupted him if she didn't like his answers, almost to the point of arguing with him. I don't see the republicans complaining as Biden put new emphasis on "a heartbeat away". Personally I thought Joe lied about Libya, most Americans knew about the congressional hearings the day before but he didn't seem to know what his own people testified to and he lied about Obamas tax plan, saying only millionaires would be taxed when anyone with income over $200,000 goes to 44%. He said Ryan wanted an 800 billion tax break for the rich but failed to say that 800 billion was over 10 years and the 80 billion yearly savings is miniscule to a government spending 35 billion a day but would do great damage to job creators. Overall, Biden offered no plan, his congressional gridlock, high tax and spend policys, unpopular health care law and raid of medicare left him with defensless positions. Ryan won.

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tjb1964Oct. 12, 1210:16 AM

Ryan did not win btw. but again that your opinion, not mine

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dewarfOct. 12, 1210:21 AM

I suggest a debate format where both candidates are told that they listen when the other speaks AND THEN they get their chance (equal time) to state their position. NO INTERRUPTIONS. I also think a ground rule should be that each can only talk about THEIR POSITION rather than allow them to characterize (usually with substantial 'spin') the opponent's. In other words, "tell us what YOU'LL DO, and why it makes sense for America". Establishing these two simple ground rules (and enforcing them) would clean up the debates and make them more watchable and informative.

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kleindropperOct. 12, 1212:27 PM

Did Martha head over to her good friend Joe's house for cocktails after the debate, like she has earlier this year? Or was she a little mad that Joe tried to poke her eyes out with his pen all night?

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ninetyninerOct. 12, 1212:33 PM

Martha was largely silent during the debate and was pushed aside similiar to what happened to Leher in the first Obama/Romney debate. I think it was Biden and Ryan who moderated each other, Raddatz had her cell phone ready in case she needed to call 911.

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stpauloldiesOct. 12, 12 1:22 PM

I completely agree, notaxmax, and you summarized all the points well. Biden interrupted Ryan during every single one of his responses and lied about everything he said during his own responses. Raddatz showed no integrity as the moderator, frequently interrupting Ryan asking for clarification, and allowing Biden to interrupt all he wanted for the entire debate. Somehow, when Biden flat out lied about what the administration knew and the lies they were telling the American people, raddatz didn't find that worth asking for a clarification on. Anyone who thinks she was the slightest bit fair is insane. Biden lost for 2 reasons: ... 1st .. if he was willing to lie about what happened in the aftermath of Behghazi with the lies and coverup perpetrated by the administration, then you can't believe anything else he said during the debate, .... and 2nd .. He got almost 2 extra minutes of response time compared to Ryan and all he did was ramble during all of his responses, most of it incoherent and inaccurate complaining about his opponent. Ryan was short, concise, and factually accurate. He clearly won this debate.

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stpauloldiesOct. 12, 12 1:35 PM

"I suggest a debate format where both candidates are told that they listen when the other speaks AND THEN they get their chance (equal time) to state their position. NO INTERRUPTIONS. I also think a ground rule should be that each can only talk about THEIR POSITION rather than allow them to characterize (usually with substantial 'spin') the opponent's." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I completely agree with your first point, but there is a slight problem with the second one. If one side (the left) has a monopoly on the media in this country (pretty much ALL news media in the entire country except for FOX news, the WSJ, and the Washington Times), and they are partisan activists that are no longer presenting the news, but are actively campaigning for democrat candidates and preserving the power of their partisans in elected office, and they will NOT provide a forum for accurately reporting what the opposing (conservative) candidates say, and they no longer accurately report fairly on the failings as well as accomplishments of the democratic officials in office, then a debate may be the ONLY TIME a republican can actually say what his/her message is, and be allowed to accurately describe what the protected administration is doing without lies, spin, and distortions by the monopolized media campaigning for democrats.

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gearrunrOct. 12, 12 1:47 PM

They said Leher did a terrible job because "Romney did all the moderating", but last night Biden interrupted constantly. Constantly! How is it she did a good job?

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kwiz01Oct. 12, 12 2:16 PM

I think of a moderator of a national debate as having similar responsibilities as a judge in a courtroom. When one attorney is clearly out of line in presenting their case, or interrogating the other side, the judge's role is to call them out on it, and can take it as far as citing the offending attorney with contempt of court. Biden was clearly out of line in his manner, was extremely contemptuous, and Raddatz was completely ineffective in managing the situation. She asked tough questions - that was great on her part, but when you know you are going to start a fire, then be prepared to manage it. I give her a "D" as a moderator.

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oracledelphiOct. 12, 12 3:11 PM

Give me one example of a direct or follow up question she proffered to Biden that demanded specific info on Medicare and SS. Answer 0

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