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Who won Thursday's debate? Martha Raddatz (the third debater)
CNN ^ | 10/12/12 | Halimah Abdullah

Posted on 10/12/2012 7:01:15 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks

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 ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012debates; 2012veep; raddatz
Biden was the Masterdebater...
1 posted on 10/12/2012 7:01:16 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I stumbled into the early part of the debate while clicking around for something else to watch. The first thing I see is Raddatz debating Ryan on some point. That was enough of that.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 7:03:36 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

When Biden started debating her I had to laugh. That really ticked off women voters and put him into the argumentative drunk at a bar territory.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 7:04:30 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Clint N. Suhks
As veteran PBS journalist Charlie Rose tweeted: "Everyone seems to agree that @martharaddatz is the star of this debate."

Praise from Charlie Rose - that says it all right there!

4 posted on 10/12/2012 7:05:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Lehrer was better than RadRATz.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 7:08:31 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I was kind of hoping Ryan would close with, It’s been a pleasure debating the two of you!


6 posted on 10/12/2012 7:09:28 AM PDT by kevao (Is your ocean any lower than it was four years ago?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

joe is getting all the attention..and i think that is what the dems were after..not many are talking about ryan


7 posted on 10/12/2012 7:10:53 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I thought she actually went after Biden pretty well to start things.
Her initial questions were damaging to Biden I thought.
8 posted on 10/12/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

9 posted on 10/12/2012 7:11:24 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Clint N. Suhks

You know Martha Raddatz was the biggest loser of the night by the way the Left gushed over her while the right hated her

An honest moderator would of pissed off both sides.

What Martha does not realize is the Left will worship her for about a week then forget she exists while the right will be using her for years as example of the blatant political corruption in the Mass Media

15 minutes of fame for a life time of shame is hardly a smart choice


10 posted on 10/12/2012 7:14:08 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Raddatz wasn't moderating, she was interviewing in the "gotcha" style of Katie Couric, and clearly in the tank for the left.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 7:14:25 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I think Obama and Biden are losing their base from an enthusiasm standpoint, so Biden gave the base some red meat. The calculated gamble was that they need to shore up their base more than they needed the votes of moderates.

Biden's performance last night will not play well in middle America, which is where the swing states reside. This debate will fire up the base in NY, MA and CA. But it will hurt Obama in OH, WI and MI.

The fact that Obama and Biden chose to shore up their base says a lot about how much trouble they are in. Paul Ryan won some swing votes last night and Biden turned off a lot of moderates.

12 posted on 10/12/2012 7:15:10 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Raddatz timed her interruptions of the candidates brilliantly based on a simple rule: Let Joe talk over Ryan any time he wants and don’t let Ryan get going on anything damaging to the Obama reelection campaign. The best example of the latter is when she shut down Ryan when he brought up the Catholic church lawsuit.

More proof: 82 interruption by Biden in 90 minutes.

No wonder Charlie Rose thinks she did great.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 7:15:53 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Clint N. Suhks
It appears the VP debate was actually a political wrestling match: Paul Ryan VS Joe Biden - Martha Raddatz tag team, and despite the odds Ryan was the ultimate victor.
14 posted on 10/12/2012 7:15:56 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The best was when she kept pressing for “details” on how lowering taxes generates greater tax revenue. As if Ryan had time to explain basic economics while being interupted every two seconds!


15 posted on 10/12/2012 7:24:33 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: HereInTheHeartland

She cut Paul Ryan off so many times I lost count.

And she let Slo Joe berate her with no rebuttal.

As a 3rd debater she was a disgrace.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 7:27:12 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks ("If 0bama had defended the Libyan Consulate as much as Big Bird the Ambassador would be alive today")
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Raddatz and Biden double teamed Ryan.

If Biden didn't interrupt a Ryan response, Raddatz did.

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The Benghazi question was the first one, by intent. It got responses and interruptions and grins and chuckles. Thus, it got vetted. Move on. Benghazi was not mentioned again.

Mission Success: By the end of the debate, no one remembered anything about Benghazi or the 4 deaths. The after-debate discussion was about Biden and his actions.

17 posted on 10/12/2012 7:32:39 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: kevao
I was kind of hoping Ryan would close with, It’s been a pleasure debating the two of you

My husband said the same thing!

-Mrs Hodar

18 posted on 10/12/2012 7:35:28 AM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

She looked like the bride of the crypt keeper!!!She was UUUUUgly!!


19 posted on 10/12/2012 7:38:29 AM PDT by ontap
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To: TomGuy

Martha Raddatz interrupted Paul Ryan 31 times. Slo Joe 82 times. Total of 113 times.

Raddatz interrupted Slow Joe 19 times, Paul tried to interrupt Slow Joe a few times when he was interrupting him but I don’t think Ryan interrupted Slo Joe once other than that.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 7:40:49 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks ("If 0bama had defended the Libyan Consulate as much as Big Bird the Ambassador would be alive today")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I wrote on another thread:
I did not like that they were all sitting at a table instead of the debaters at podiums. It gives the appearance that the three at the table were “equals” and was designed to intimidate Ryan as the moderator was clearly on Biden’s side. Two against one.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 7:47:53 AM PDT by informavoracious (I am a Sedevacantist. I believe the chair is EMPTY.)
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To: Rummyfan

For every debate, each candidate’s campaign should provide a list of acceptable moderators. There have to be at least two or three that everyone can agree on. When every debate in an election year is run and moderated by extreme libs, there’s a problem.

A week or so before this one, it came out that Raddatz was a decades-long friend of Obama’s. The GOP stupidly said, “Oh; that’s fine. We don’t have a problem with that.” WTF? When will someone on our side make a wise decision? It’s like the GOP/RNC is filled with sadists.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 7:54:40 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Paul Ryan.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 8:23:39 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; All

She cut off Ryan 31 times anyone found how many times she did to Biden?


24 posted on 10/12/2012 8:30:01 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: edcoil
They didn't let Ryan speak . but Ryan should have at least tried to expose Obama and the media for how they are destroying America with 6 trillion in debt that we will never be able to pay back, unlawful executive orders that require impeachment of Obama, massive unemployment and the unprecedented decline of America. That the media and Obama are shoving big government (socialism) down our throat and that the media allows Obama to do anything as it never brings up the debt etc.. See it wasn't so hard I got that in a few words, and I'm a regular joe . Romney did great in the debate destroying Obama the marxist. I'm a regular joe but i can see all this but this Ryan doesn't and many wanted Ryan to be the nominee. Ryan missed an opportunity to tell the American people how Obama and the media are destroying America but failed.
25 posted on 10/12/2012 8:41:23 AM PDT by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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