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October 12th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Michigan Patriot

    She was the worst moderator. She interrupted Paul Ryan several times, just when he was going to make a point, but she let goofy Biden have all the time he needed. She was very bias, and she shouldn't have been the moderator at all. I agree with Erickson.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  2. jackcdean

    Martha Raddatz did a yomans job. She did what she was susposed to do. Biden hung himself. Thank goodness she did not stop it .We know Biden's strategy did not work and will back fire. Look up the term for nincompoop.

    Good job Martha.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply


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  4. Tom

    She was bias. It showed with her allowing Joe Biden to to to interrupt when Paul Ryan spoke.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  5. Farmer

    She should have been the one that did the first debate between Romney and Obama.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  6. Jeff

    She was horrible. She should have told Biden to stop interupting Ryan everytime he spoke.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  7. conoclast

    Right-wing throwbacks are just like petulant children, wailing about "fairness" as soon as things go other than their way. If the truth hurts it's their natural reaction to attack the truth-teller rather than do any soul-searching. Is "introspection" even in the GOP's lexicon?

    October 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  8. Sandi Charos

    I thought Ms. Raddatz was awful!! She had the arrogance to think she, too, was part of the debates. Hopefully, this will be her last appearance as a moderator.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  9. Ron R.

    I thought she did a poor job in her choice of questions. Too much on international & not enough on jobs, the economy, and the deficit. Obama has a terrible record & she seemed to be trying to protect him since he attended her wedding. A black eye for CNN in my opinion & I like CNN.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  10. Jim

    Martha was not able to control the debate. She raised sharp questions alright, but didn't know what they meant. She questioned Ryan's math, but herself couldn't push on. Her shivering voice and lack of eye contact added difficulties.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  11. REAM

    Peter, she will ask the candidate specifics (Paul Ryan), and not let him finish, interrupting and asking Joe Biden what he thinks...that is bias. NOT FAIR AS A MODERATOR.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  12. Bill Blackburn

    Martha and her sidekick (Biden) gave Ryan a hard road to hold. She did a great job showing who her and her boss (ABC) will vote for in nov. .Biden would be good for SNL.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  13. observer50

    I disagree with others. Ms Raddatz was a poor debate handler. She allowed a bully (Mr. Biden) to disrespect the debate, the moderator and certainly congressman Ryan and let him go acting like an wild animal that knows no rules,and if he knew them to laugh at them.At no time she made an effort to control his grinning,fake smile and condescending attitude. Mostly his annoying interruptions that shows he has no education and no class.Classic Brut. Poor job

    October 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  14. Charles Veenstra

    She interrupted Ryan more than Biden. She did not control Biden's interruptions and therefore she certainly does not deserve a good grade. She needed to control ALL interruptions.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  15. Nita Shutter

    Martha Raddatz was the utmost worse commentator. She didn't interrupt Biden as she did several times with Ryan.
    Please never put her in that position again.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  16. Barbara

    I agree with what Peter said. Martha Raddatz did a great job moderating. She is very sharp and has done a lot of reporting from overseas and in combat areas. Erickson is out to lunch and trying to patch up Ryan's lackluster showing.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  17. starmanron

    Martha Raddatz did OK. I loved the way she focused them with probing questions. However, I was so ... so disappointed with her lack of wanting to curb Biden's interruptions. Just when Ryan was putting the finishing touches on his comments, Biden knew he had to do something desperate. He just kept getting away with it.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  18. Anthony

    Two things when considering Mrtha Rad...
    1. Did she ever sk Biden for a guarantee...?
    2. After Paul Ryan asked Biden to relax and let him answer the questions before he interupted, Martha NEVER aked Joe relax... Paul Ryan gave her the set up to control the foaming at the mouth GEEZER !

    If CNN wonders why the majority of the Center Right televission audince is leaving them in droves... one just has to watch Soledad and her response.... CNN used to have clout with it's viewers... What happened.. see Wolf Blitzer. CNN is NOT even up to the third channel I turn to forreliable any kind of information..

    **Why did it take o long for CNN to even get involved in uncovering the cover up behind Libia... and are they reall that interested in that venture ??!! The American public is smarter tha any o the press gives it credit for.. we look toother less bias media's for quality content.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  19. Ryan

    A debate is not an interview. Moderator asks a question, one person makes an argument. The next person counters. Then the first person counters and back and forth. Biden's continual interruption, laughing, grimacing and other interjections were ridiculous and would have him penalized and eliminated from an actual debate. Martha didn't do a thing to control it. Americans want to learn from debates. Not see stump speech talking points, numbers out of context and watch crazy uncle joe smirk and gaffe like an idiot. She did an unnacceptable job. "Please let him finish" is all it would have taken.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  20. Dale

    She did well "Except" the rules said two minutes each. Biden got his without interuption. Almost every time Paul spoke he was interupted and she never put Biden in check on that.
    Overall I thought it was a poor job because she allowed all the interuptions from Biden. He ran the debate

    October 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
  21. LWhiteMale

    Of course she was the greatest... Women are good, men bad. Same old stuff as the Phil Donahue Show and Oprah. CNN is so gender biased. Many articles are twisted so a woman is the focal point. Case in point, debate not about her... I have noticed the paste few years women are running / ruining CNN. The ratings are lower than they've ever been. It's the Garden of Eden effect... Women don't want equal rights, they want to be in control and want whatever benefits them. They will always try to make another woman look greattttttttttttt!

    October 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  22. Chana

    Martha performance was mediocre! She was not in control of the misbehavior of Mr. Biden, not in control of the time and definitely was not "to the grain" with the answers! Dear Soledad.With regard to your comment "out of your mind" I think you are out of your minds talking about your personal opinions while your job is to be as neutral as possible and bring the FACTS! Are we all out of our minds because we have different opinions then yours??????????

    October 13, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  23. Doug

    Poor moderating.|
    She seemed to be afraid to interrupt Biden's bully outbursts and pointless laughing. I do empathize with her though. At times it looked like Biden was going to reach over and take a swing at her and Ryan.
    What a madman Biden turned out ot be. Big mistake by Obama to choose him.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  24. RichThomk

    "Soledad tells CNN contributor Erick Erickson he's 'lost his mind' in criticizing VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz"

    Well consider the source and that explains it. You can always count on Soledad for a "honest" impartial opinion can't we? Too funny

    October 13, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  25. gabriela

    I was dssapointed that she allowed Biden to interrupt repeatedly and she herself interrupted Ryan several times while letting Biden ramble on. I did like that she challenged both candidates by pressing them to answer the given questions. By the way, Soledad's comments about "there was a lot of talking over'.." seemingly placing equal blame on both candidates, was very dissaponting.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  26. Dave

    Obama supporter. She was an awful moderator.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:07 am | Reply
  27. jim

    Not to mention Obama attended her wedding and has hired her husband.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  28. Ann

    One of the best debates in a long time. The moderator gets a hefty B....she was prepared and touhed on a lot of topics in a short time. She wasn't afraid to ask a follow up question and call out untruths which has not been the case for the majority of reporters these days. I miss the days when tough questions were asked and if an answer wasn't honest you call them on it. The American people deserve HONEST answers and answers of SUBSTANCE this was the closest to that in a long time. Good job Martha. Too bad the last Presidential debate wasn't this calibar and I am afraid the one Tuesday will not be either.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  29. rs1201

    Raddatz was horrible and totally biased. She interrupted Ryan countless times and allowed Biden to go on with his buffoon act.
    Soledad Obrien is rude, stupid, and crude. She hates to be contradicted and when she is, instead of just accepting it graciously, she lashed out at whomever is doing it with insults and threats...she's a solid nightmare!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  30. Rick

    Soledad has lost her mind and is completely wrong. The moderator is to not let one person continually interrupt the others point. A debate is supposed to be equal time to let one state their case and not to be overridden by the other debater. When the other persons time has come, then is the time to make their case and point. That is debate 101.

    October 13, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
  31. Lee in Iowa

    Go, Soledad!! Best reporter on CNN!!!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  32. Dissapointed

    She was terrible and should never be allowed to repeat this effort. Her bias was blatant and her performance was worse than Lehrer. If anyone thinks otherwise they should watch the debate again. She let doufus Biden make a mockery of the entire debate and made herself a debater for the purpose of self-aggrandizement.. I'm not a fan of either candidate but I do believe in decorum and she allowed chaos to reign instead.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
  33. Phil

    Joe Biden interrupts Paul Ryan 85 times and CNN thinks Martha Raddatz did a great job "moderating" the debate?
    I'm not surprised.

    October 13, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
  34. Hillary l

    the reason that Raddatz was able to control is bec. Paul Ryan was weak, letting Biden cut in and he would just sit there hoping the moderator tell Biden to stfu. I thought Raddatz was gonna cry everytime Biden answers angrily like the joker from batman movies.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
  35. cathy

    Martha was obviouslty biased towards Biden she came across as a grade A hag her day will come!

    October 13, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
  36. Indyswimmer66

    Martha Raddatz was great!

    October 13, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  37. canuck

    Ryan was out of his league, would not answer one single direct question from the
    moderator and threw open the door to banning abortions.

    When pressed on what the republicans wouuld do different with respect to Syria – not a single solid idea.

    When asked what more the republicans would do to twart Iran's nuclear ambitions – not a single concrete idea.

    When asked if they would allow the tax break for the super rich to expire – Nope, its imperative the super rich retain that gift from the rest of the American taxpayers.

    When asked about how he will cut the deficit and increase military spending – not one item offered as what the Republicans will cut.

    Ryan looked clueless whenever he was challenged!

    October 13, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  38. DM Ocaba

    I would agree with Mr. Erickson. Martha was not 100% acting as a moderator in real sense of the word, she was more of an interrogator it's because she was just shooting questions and not calling the attention of VP Biden that he was interrupting Cong. Paul Ryan whenever Ryan got his turn to speak or explain his answer to questions that Ms. Raddatz shoot for both of them to answer. Ryan should be given time to complete his answer or explanation per time alloted for him to do. And vice-versa. Cong. Ryan was just too gentle not say to the VP "hey Joe let me finish my explanation."

    October 13, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  39. JR

    She was horrible. She was very biased and interrupted Paul Ryan constantly when he was trying to make a point,

    October 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  40. sally

    she did a great job, lots of depth, which is rare in these debates.

    Just would have liked there to be a link with the humanitarian concerns with a tie in to those comments about how sacred life is blahblah abortion topic. If they think life is so sacred they shouldn't advocate bombing, invading, droning, assault weapons etc. The ridiculous contradictions should be pointed out.

    October 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  41. freedom to choose right

    Boooring.... that anyone is discussing this moderator. It was about Biden who turned off a lot of independent voters like myself by treating Ryan the way this administration have treated the American people...like we're stupid children who need welfare, foodstamps, and free cheese because we just don't have a clue how to work or what it takes to become wealthy, etc. The American people have a voice and with a pen in hand, we'll laugh the Biden/Obama team out the WH

    October 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  42. Shirley

    Martha Raddatz was atrocious. Paul Ryan was debating two people last night. Someone should have explained to Martha that the moderator is not actually one of the debaters. And say what you want about Jim Lehrer, but that debate was far more informative than any I've ever seen. After all, isn't that the real purpose of a debate....to inform people and let them know what you really stand for so they can make an informed decision?

    October 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  43. cb

    Ms. Raddatz's moderating job was superb ~ A+. I would not appreciate Mr. Lehrer's return, though he was also very, very good previously. He seemed overwhelmed by Mr. Romney's aggressive style. Raddatz Rocked ~ ;_>)

    October 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  44. marco

    Ms Raddatz was obviously biased towards biden all night long. She repeatedly quizzed ryan, but often let biden off the hook. I am not at all surprised. After all, she did have now president Obama attend her first wedding in 1991….

    October 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  45. alfonds

    Don't agree. She was almost totally controlled by Biden–She could have stopped him during his interruptions but did not. Looked as if she was afraid.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  46. mbj

    Peter your a typical suckup,,,same old party

    October 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  47. mbj

    The mediator was a complete flop. So out of her leaugue. Not to state the fact that she was tottaly bias for the democrate ticket. What a waste of time she was. USELESS!!!! Too bad obama had to rely on her then LOST!!! hahaha This female outa keep barefoot and in the house.!!She might do better.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  48. Leigha

    Soledad has a disgruntled point of view on most things anyway. Martha clearly favored her candidate Joe the Joker (Biden) It was a pathetic, childish, smartelic display of bullying on National TV. He made a fool of himself and anyone that see otherwise refuses to see, so that their agenda is met.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  49. Lois Payette

    Would like to see Soledad moderate one of the presidential debates. She would decimate Romney!

    October 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  50. jjfats

    Ryan was gentlemanly, Biden sarcastic, rude and a complete bore. Martha being of the smarter sex was faced with a dilemma. Would she show her disapproval of Joe's bejhavior or hide her true natural feelings. The same common feeling most people got watching this debate and that was that this guy , Biden is a jerk. Her ideology won and 80% of her comments,and effort were to make Ryan look bad. She interrupted him, attacked him , berated his answers, quickened the pace of rebuttals when sensing he would break, focused her stare on him when asking a negative question, and asked the questions that only come from the world view and prism of a liberal. The most intolerant people in the world are those who don't have any convictions.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  51. David

    I thought she did well.

    It should have focused more on the economy, but foreign policy is he strong suit. Conspiracy theorists will say it is Biden's as well and that is why so much dedicated to it... I don't buy that, she was tough on him about the admin's failures.

    her only failure was she should have been forceful in reigning Joe in. He was rude and diesrespectful... but, of course, she gave him the rope to do it and he hung himself with it in what would have otherwise been a draw.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  52. Pat

    I thought Martha Raddatz did a poor job in last nights debate. She seemed to behave in a manner that suggested favoritism, mostly toward Biden. Many times when one of the candidates was approaching the meat of the question, she would interrupt them and move to another area, as if she was scared they might say something on National TV that would damage their election chances. As a person looking for answers from both Ryan and Biden on the issues, she would cut therm short. It appeared she did this more with Ryan than Biden, but as so many people in the political arena, they think they know what we (the average voting American) want to hear and see rather than understanding we (again the same folks) know what we are doing, what information we are looking for so we can make an informed decision. I am interested in the right person for the job, not what she's interested in or what party of person she favors. Lastly, she did extremely poor in controlling the answer sessions. Biden was the primary individual that continued to interrupt both Raddatz and Ryan and she just didn't have the command or respect to call them on it and rain them in. If I had my choice in the future, I would not like to see her host another one of these events as I walked away with the same information I came in with, which was nothing.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  53. Cathy Adams

    I felt she was bias towards her friend VP Biden and kept interrupting Paul Ryan. Ryan couldn't have gotten away with what Biden did he was very disrespectful to Paul Ryan and you didn't even say anything. You interrupted Paul Ryan several times. Only I know of 1 time on Biden.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  54. John

    Martha was biased. There were several times where she cut off Ryan. In addition, there were a couple of questions she asked of Ryan but not Biden. For example, she never asked Biden the same question she asked Ryan about the threshold for war in the Middle East. She also allowed Biden to act like a petulant child with his grousing, huffing and interruptions. I was embarrassed for Biden and disappointed in Raddatz. But, I wasn't surprised. These liberal "journalists" are openly cheerleading for Obama.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  55. JG

    Is there any provision made so that the moderator can provide warning to any candidate who interrupts or shows improper behaviors?

    October 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  56. John

    Anyone who takes Soledad seriously has lost their mind.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  57. Karen P

    I thought she was a great moderator! She kept them both on track and held them to specifics when she wanted specifics. What is wrong with Erickson? Is he jealous?

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  59. N.J. Fulmer

    It seemed to me that she gave Paul Ryan considerably more time to answer questions, therefore, I do not blame Biden for having to interrupt. I also felt that she demonstrated a certain bias toward Ryan in her attitude toward Biden

    October 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  60. kate

    She was great. If she had been the moderator at the first debate between Romney and Obama, Romney wouldn't have walked all over her. She would have put Romney in his place for sure. Romney was rude, impolite, and rambled on and on and on to make people think he knew alot.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  61. Tom (Atlanta)

    Apparently Martha was not prepared for the VP behavior and forgot Proverbs 29:9, i.e., "If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs and there is no quiet". The VP was rude in his actions which is indicative of what someone does when he is at an intellectual disadvantage. I believe she should would have done the public a service by reeling in the VP. I was ashamed of our VP.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  62. Anita

    I'm going to take a wild guess that Erickson is a Republican supporter? It seems the views of the debates have divided strongly along partisan lines; no thinking, just knee jerk reactions.

    October 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  63. Bernardo

    Soledad O'Brien is atrocious. Too biased to think clearly.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  64. James Ucker

    Martha Raddatz did a great job. At age 75 I've seen a few Presidential debates, I haven't seen anyone better.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  65. sam 246

    I agree with Erickson. Martha lost control from the first question. She never told Biden to "zip it" to give Ryan a chance to answer. However, as soon as Biden interrupted, she made Ryan stop and turned over the conversation to Biden
    He was arrogant, disrespectful and not only a bully to Ryan, but more disturbing was a bully to Martha.

    Sorry Martha, time to hang up the pencil. You were the worst moderator yet. You never managed the debators!!!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  66. Tom

    I only watched portions of the debate, but it sure seemed like the parts I saw were generally Biden and Raddatz Vs. Ryan with Ryan getting the best of both of them.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  67. Borderless

    I'm supporting Romney/Ryan this election and I have to say Martha Raddatz did a fantastic job. I was skeptical at first when she came out and addressed the audience and she was visibly nervous. But she did a far better job than Jim Lehrer and it was her first time! I would love to see her do more debates. Way to go, Martha!

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  68. Trish

    Please...her bias was evident. She should have never been allowed to moderate given that she is a personal friend of Obama..its so ridiculous

    October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  69. Curtis Macke

    I thought she should have at least attempted to keep Biden from yelling over Ryan. A simple; "Let him answer please, Mr Vice President" would have sufficed; then she started interrupting Ryan too. I don't know much about either candidate but had a better opinion of Ryan simply by the way he handled the situation. My father always told me; if you have something to say; say it calmly and clearly (Ryan) – those that interrupt you and yell don't have anything intelligent to say – so they'll try to keep you from talking (Biden).

    October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  70. Thomas Hathaway

    Martha Raddatz kept these guys honest and on target as opposed to James Leher who was run over by Romney, totally helpless and ineffective. She had very intelligent, thoughtful introjections.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  71. 4sanity

    Kudos to Martha Raddatz. She did an excellent job !

    October 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  72. youcall thatdebate?

    Americans have no idea what good debate and discourse look like. I am therefore not surprised that there are people who believe that Martha Raddatz did a good job. I'd have told Joe Biden to keep his trap shut until it was his turn. Sure, I'd have told the same to Ryan, but it was only after the 30th non-moderated interruption from Biden that he realized that he was not going to a) get clean air time or b) get much air time at all without playing the childish game Biden wanted to play.

    Two thumbs down on Martha Raddatz's debate "moderation."

    October 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  73. Barbara

    I thnk she was a little bias toward Biden, he inteurpped all the time and went over his 2 min. and was an idiot and she very seldom did anythinging to stop him. But in the end Ryan held his own I think he did great, far better than Biden.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  74. JG

    Is there any provision that the moderator can provide warning to any candidate who intrupts or shows childish behavior like Biden did?

    October 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  75. JG

    Is there any provision that the moderator and provide warning to any candidate who intrupts or shows childish behavior like Biden did?

    October 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  76. w_roos

    What you ya want? He's a republican, and his guy lost this debate, so blame it on the moderator. Frankly, I think Martha Raddatz won the debate, with Joe Biden coming in a strong 2nd.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  77. ljellis2000

    Martha told Joe that when he can speak next he only had a few seconds. If Joe didn't just take it upon himself to interrupt, one wonders how long Martha would have kept allowing Ryan to keep talking without interruption. I think she didn't do any better of a job reining them in than what we saw in the last debate. It was obvious that when it came to the VP he was only going to get a smaller amount of time to talk, and she told him that he would only have a few seonds.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  78. Bonnie

    She was absolutely horrible... so biased for Biden that it was disgusting... always letting Biden interrupt Ryan that is unless she wasn't interrupting Ryan.... There should be neutral moderators for these debates, not somebody who is obviously so biased.....

    October 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  79. ljellis2000

    Martha kept telling Joe that when he could speak, he only had a few seconds. If he didn't interrupt as much as he did, how much longer would Ryan have been allowed to go on speaking? One only wonders.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  80. joy2have

    My dictionary says a "moderator" is somebody who presides and acts as a mediator. As a mediator, she should have stopped the constant interruptions of Biden to allow Ryan to speak without being interrupted. Wasn't impressed with her performance at all.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  81. wyominguys

    A moderators job is to present the questions and control the debate, and that includes the behavior of the participants.
    Ms. Raddatz allowed the VP to make gestures, odd faces, and allowed him to interrupt Ryan time and again. Decorum is part of the moderators job and in this regard she failed. In my opinion Ms. Raddatz did poor job and gets an F.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  82. laodegan

    She did a terrible job. Absolutely awful. Neither candidate was given time to state their position without the other being allowed to interrupt. And early in the debate, Biden picked up on this fact and just let loose. Honestly think Biden won the debate simply because he knew he could talk down anything Ryan said with no repercussions. Biden still looked a jerk, but he did a much better job under the conditions they were in.

    If Martha Raddatz had displyed even a modicum of competence as a *moderator*, we would have had a much better debate

    October 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  83. Franz Stieg

    What a smart and Lady!

    October 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  84. Sandy

    From a rating of 1 to 10 I would grade Martha an overall 2 .... However, since this was a V.P debate, more than an elementary moderator is expected. Thus, for this VP debate, I'd grade Martha a -5 (yes, minus 5)

    October 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  85. Joel

    What did you watch Peter? Martha let Bidden interrupt Ryan in his 2 minute and continue doing it all evening, she was so bias and never stopped this old fool.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  86. Brad

    I think that Martha Raddatz was AMAZING! Unlike Lehrer, she didn't let the candidates just run all over the place, and she did a good job of stopping their completely-off-topic comments. She brought out great reactions from both, and I feel like the debate was very informative as a result of her moderation!

    October 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  87. Mark Theo

    She did what I wish the Presidential debate had done; MODERATE.
    She did an excellent job. It was a TRUE debate. The Obama/Romney debate lacked structure and direction. Obama was playing by the rules. Let Romney speak and Romney was overbearing/rude and didn't play by the rules of debate. How they chose a winner was beyond me. Jim Lehrer was horrific as a bystander who contributed nothing other than an momentary utterance of "Uh" or "Um."

    October 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  88. Raddatz Was Great!

    All I could think is why isn't she running for president. She really understood the issues and attempted to hold their feet to the fire.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  89. Karl

    Martha may be "award winning" according to Diane Sawyer BUT she should have prevented Joe Biden from interrupting the other candidate time and time again. He was totally out of line in not giving Paul Ryan a chance to state his opinions without interruption.

    October 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  90. Ed L

    Martha Raddatz was outstanding in controlling the debate allowing both side to make their points no matter how storng or weak their points may have been. Very unlike Jim Lehrer who was over his head and had zero control of the presidential debate !!

    Martha Raddatz – Outstanding !

    October 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  91. Constantino

    The moderator was HORRIBLE! She would only interrupt or cut off one of the candidates and not the one who was being rude and interrupting everything the other did. If you didn't see that then you area blind or are trying to be just as bias as the moderator.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  92. Peter

    Martha Raddatz was great. Unlike Jim Lehrer, she would jump in with a "sharpener" and make the candidate get more specific instead of just ramble a bunch of generalizations.

    And she tweaked both Ryan and Biden. I don't know what debate fanboy Erickson was watching.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      She was terrible. I thought she was on the payroll of the obama campaign. she lost total control of the debate. Not once did she tell biden to shut up and stop butting in.

      October 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • John Q Public

      True but she never stopped Biden's ramblings and constant interruptions, and by the end had imposed herself as a debating contestant herself, instead of staying neutral.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Leonard K.

      Martha was biased. She drilled Ryan at times. She did not drill Biden. It seemed Ryan had to debate two people. Also, Biden should be ashamed of himself for his behavior. He interrupted Ryan too much and laughed at inappropriate times. Our economy and what happened in Libya are not laughing matters. I'm sure his parents taught him better.

      October 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Bernhart

      She even answered a question for Biden when he was stumbling and did nothing about the constant interruptions from Biden. Ryan was "debating" both Martha and Joe.

      October 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • AppalachianMom

      Ditto! You and I saw the same debate.

      October 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • factChik

      On the contrary, Ms. Raddatz did press Biden for ANY specifics on the Obama plans for 2012-2016. She only quizzed Ryan on his and gave Biden a chance to rebut.

      She made absolutely NO EFFORT to press Biden on ANY SPECIFICS. She only ribbed him on Afghanistan and the Libya response, which has NOTHING to do with specifics for the next election cycle.

      She earned a C- because he performance was lopsided in its preference to open up Romney-Ryan plans to debate without doing the same for Obama-Biden ON THE SPECIFICS.

      Her job was only halfway done and America is just as ignorant about specifics of future plans of the current Administration was before she took the stage.

      October 14, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • khax

      Do you still dreaming? I know you are for Obama. Jim is a liberal but when he moderated he had to be fair. He did very fine job.
      Everyone can tell how Martha bias. She doesnot qualify to moderate the debate.

      October 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  93. Barbara Bennett

    Martha should never have been allowed to moderate the Biden Ryan debate. It was so obvious that she is an Obama supporter! Not unbiased at all! Biden displayed the rudest, most disrespectul and condescending behavior I have ever seen on national T.V. and she did nothing.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  94. tonymro

    Martha Raddatz should be commended for her outstanding job of moderating such a difficult and contentious debate. I have a great deal of respect for Jim Lehrer but I too felt that he was asleep at the wheel. Ms. Raddatz kept the two candidates focused on the issues at hand and steered the discussion back on course whenever they strayed too far off topic.

    Outstanding job Martha Raddatz!!

    October 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  95. sammy zoso

    She will make excellent fodder for SNL this weekend. Next time they should let them arm wrestle or box. Who cares?

    October 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  96. hozo1

    when you lose ... you blame the moderator ... we call it sour grapes

    October 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  97. frank

    she never interrupted Biden......
    and pushed for "specifics" when there were NO specifics to site!

    October 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  98. jeff

    I agreed. I respect Soledad, she's a bright journalist from Harvard but this time shes got her priorities mixed up big time. I'd even go as far to say that Martha did an even worse job moderating a VP debate then Jim did with his presidential debate. In order for these moderators to be proficient, they need to choose one with bipartisan viewpoints. Martha is clearly leaning towards the right, and there is nothing wrong with that, no one is trying to infer anything bad. All I'm saying is they need a moderator who isn't biased, they need a moderator who is an independent and can be fair to both sides, rather than Martha who allocated more time for Ryan, and cut off Biden if he spoke too long but allowed Ryan to go on multiple tangents and misconstrue his statements. Overall, all politicans are corrupt. To quote a friend from NYTIMES, "the only difference when the next president is chosen or if the current president stays is the face of the person that is raping you".

    October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  99. Horace Grant

    Thank you Soledad; and, yes he HAS lost his mind! What a Hypocrite!!

    October 12, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  100. Joyce Bunting

    What debate was he watching? Couldn't have been this one. Martha Raddatz did a great job...!!

    October 12, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
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