2012 Vice Presidential Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz Debates Act: One person really stepped up the game at the 2012 presidential debates this week – no, it was not one of the presidential candidates, but the debates moderator herself. Martha Raddatz impressed the general public and critics equally with her feisty and vigorous presence.
After Thursday’s presidential debates were broadcasted, Martha was being compared to last time’s debates moderator Jim Lehrer. Raddatz did not rely on asking exaggerative questions like Jim Lehrer. Also, she did not accept diplomatic and confused answers from presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s side.
Martha Raddatz is on the way to becoming a thorough analyst, and is not intending to be just a sugar coated television personality. She is a journalist in the correct definition of the word. Martha showed true journalism with the very first question she asked, which was regarding Ambassador Steven’s death and the substantial Libya attacks. She daringly questioned vice president Biden about whether this was a ‘massive intelligence failure’ or not.
Martha gave a tough time to both Biden and Ryan, who were seated right in front of the vicious debates moderator. She questioned Ryan about his inability to provide any tangible tax specifics, and very bluntly told Biden that she will not take a simple answer from him. The candidates, however, were ready to fight back with vigor.
Soon after the broadcast, Twitter was ablaze with praise for the amazing new moderator. It was obvious that nobody would like Jim Lehrer to return to the panel in place of Martha – she was way more dramatic, impressive and harsh. Glenn Greenwald, a blogger from Guardian tweeted a definite statement that Martha was ‘better than the last guy’.
Shelby Knox, a feminist and a writer, made her point about the fact that women should moderate more debates because they are better. The general audience was also very impressed with Martha Raddatz.
59 year old Martha Raddatz is a Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent at the ABC news network.