Another Winner From Debate Was Martha Raddatz Of ABC News


The consensus around the nation is that Martha Raddatz was a winner at the debate.  Let’s hope that Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer at least follow her example, and I suspect they will, in the final two debates between the presidential candidates.

Martha Raddatz of ABC News didn’t ask puffy questions like Jim Lehrer did at the presidential debate. Or let the candidates get away with vague non-answers, as Jim Lehrer did.

Ms. Raddatz acted like a working journalist instead of a television personality from her first question, on Ambassador Stevens’ death: “It was a pre-planned assault by heavily armed men,” she said. “Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure, Vice President Biden?”

Ms. Raddatz showed a consistent willingness to call the candidates on their “malarkey,” as the Vice President put it. When Mr. Ryan said he could cut taxes without reducing the deficit by eliminating loopholes, but didn’t actually mention which loopholes, she drew attention to his evasiveness: “No specifics, again.”

And she refused to let Mr. Ryan ignore her question about his ticket’s plan to increase the defense budget. By my count, she returned to that point six times, culminating with the rather sharp: “I want to know how you do the math and have this increase in defense spending?”

2 thoughts on “Another Winner From Debate Was Martha Raddatz Of ABC News

  1. Patrick

    Raddatz is an easy fool. Yes, she asked Ryan to provide specifics….But why does nobody ever ask the president for specifics? Like so many, she is just another dime-a-dozen lefty political hacks. She may have done some fine war-reporting, but as far as politics are concerned she was only Biden’s cheerleader. By no means neutral.

  2. You are aware–or not–that Raddatz is one of the most informed military/defense reporters in Washington. Your summation of her politics is not something you can really address as there is nothing to support it. She is a reporter. When offered a chanve to respond to questions Ryan had an open microphone to speak to the voters. That he was unable to provide answers on things such as the tax plan was painful to watch for me as a Democrat, and I know even more unsettling for you.

    I am amused however that given how Romney and Ryan are supposed to be ‘the answer’ to the problems, and that Obama is a ‘failure’ shoud then in and of itself allow your candidates to rise above whatever Obama ‘fails to provide’ for answers and deliver their own solutions. That neither R/R can do that is proof that their math does not add up, and what they are selling is not something the majority of the country is interesnted in voting for.

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