The People: They Love Martha Raddatz

Connor Simpson
October 12, 2012
The People: They Love Martha Raddatz

You may remember Jim Lehrer taking a beating after the last Presidential debate. Martha Raddatz, a reporter for ABC News, is moderating tonight's Vice-President debate. The people love her. They really, really love her. 

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Raddatz is being praised for controlling the candidates and guiding the discussion in meaningful ways. She is asking tough questions and, when she feels it, asking the appropriate follow-up questions. All the things Jim Lehrer was criticized for not doing. 

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What has the response been? On Twitter, people loved her:

Major props to @martharaddatz for her job moderating tonight.

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) October 12, 2012

Martha Raddatz for Postmaster General

— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012

Hey, Jim Lehrer, you see how the moderator is following up to get better answers?

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 12, 2012

Raddatz has been a fantastic moderator. She's remained calm but strong, never shrill or tense. Awesome lady, awesome journo. #debates

— Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) October 12, 2012

Raddatz did the republic a good service tonight. #VPDebate

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 12, 2012

And the winner is @martharaddatz!

— Stephanie Yera (@S_Yera) October 12, 2012

Martha Raddatz FTW.

— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 12, 2012

Martha Raddatz is an American treasure.

— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012

Martha Raddatz won the debate.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 12, 2012

The thing about @martharaddatz is she's a reporter, not an anchor.

— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 12, 2012

martha raddatz for permanent debate moderator

— Matt Langer (@mattlanger) October 12, 2012

Raddatz was smart, firm and confident. Go girl! #martharaddatz

— carol giacomo (@giacomonyt) October 12, 2012

The praise wasn't totally universal, though.

I miss Jim Lehrer. @newshour #debate

— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) October 12, 2012