One of the takeaways from Sunday’s second presidential debate is that the winner seems to have been a moderator rather than one of the candidates. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that many observers were impressed with the work of ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz.
“With so many wild developments unfolding before Trump and Clinton were even on stage Sunday night, no one knew what America would see when they tuned in to watch the debate. What they did see was a tough moderator making sure the presidential candidates stayed on track and faced tough questions,” the story reports.
The report cites a number of exchanges, including this one:
RADDATZ: “Thank you very much, we’re going to move on.”
TRUMP: “She went over a minute over, and you don’t stop her. When I go one second over it’s like —
*Raddatz interrupts Trump*
RADDATZ: “You had many answers.”
A number of celebrities commented on Raddatz during the debate. Billy Eichner tweeted: “New Hero and Fun Halloween Costume Idea: MARTHA RADDATZ.”
Larry Wilmore also sent out a tweet in praise of Raddatz, writing: “Right now @MarthaRaddatz is my spirit animal. #debate.”
And Trevor Noah tweeted simply: “Is Martha Raddatz winning this debate?”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut sent a tweet saying: “Martha Raddatz trying to tutor Trump on foreign policy in real time. In the middle of a presidential debate. This is unprecedented.”
Raddatz posed tough questions for both candidates, including this one for Clinton: “Because you have asked for an increase from ten to sixty five thousand Syrian refugees. We know you want tougher vetting. That’s not a perfect system so why take the risk of having those refugees coming into the country?”