VP Scoreboard: Martha’s Moment
The winner of the vice-presidential debate had to be Martha Raddatz.
Even as Joe Biden and Paul Ryan went at it in a contentious faceoff on Thursday night, the ABC correspondent kept tight control of the proceedings. She asked penetrating questions and sharp-edged follow-ups, keeping the proceedings moving and not letting either candidate dominate.
Raddatz has flown combat missions during a career that has included dozens of trips to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and her experience showed.
Ryan even deferred to Raddatz at one point, saying she knew more about a foreign policy question than either of them.
Unlike certain flamboyant anchors, Raddatz never made it about herself. And yet she didn’t let the contenders talk over her or each other.
She also produced a poignant and personal moment by asking the two Catholics about their faith, which led to Ryan’s heartfelt declaration of opposition to abortion and Biden’s equally heartfelt rejoinder that he would not impose his faith on others.
It was a serious and substantive debate, and one of the best moderated I’ve ever seen.
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