Who’s moderating the second presidential debate? Both their faces should be familiar
The first presidential debate’s ratings smashed all kinds of records, and while it’s unclear if they’ll be as explosive at the second presidential debate this Sunday, one thing is clear: there’s going to be a whole lot of star power. Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will obviously dominate the evening as they trade blows on policy issues at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, but who will be moderating the second presidential debate? None other than one of the most well-known faces of American broadcast journalism — Anderson Cooper of CNN, who will be joined by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
Cooper might not be a reality TV star like Trump, nor has he been in the political spotlight like Clinton for the past 30 years, but that being said, he ranks among the world’s best known journalists, and his record as a debate moderator is formidable. The first Democratic primary debate saw him fearlessly coming after Clinton for her reputation of pandering and changing her views, while he came out just as hard against then-Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, questioning him on the viability of socialism in America. I doubt he’ll go any easier on Clinton or Trump on Sunday, and his lack of known political views highlights his seeming lack of bias.
Meanwhile, Raddatz is ABC’s chief global affairs correspondent, offering her a strong background to draw foreign policy questions from. Raddatz also reports for ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline. She has been identified as a specialist in military affairs, if that’s any predictor of the sort of question she’ll likely ask candidates. She has experience moderating the 2012 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, and earlier this year moderated two primary debates.
Rumor has it Raddatz and Cooper have been clashing over questions and topics, but it’s understandable given they both have pronounced star power. There’s also allegedly been some beef about CNN’s commercials for the debate not featuring Raddatz, but both networks denied any such conflict to The Daily Mail.
At any rate, this debate promises to be interesting even if some great tragedy strikes and Raddatz and Cooper are replaced with toasters, because this time, Trump and Clinton will be fielding “topics of broad public interest,” meaning questions primarily drawn from social media submissions. This should make the second debate at least a touch more exciting than Lester Holt asking questions about creating jobs. Additionally, the debate will be in front of a select audience of undecided voters hand-picked by the Gallup research organization, so it could have at least a little more impact.
Catch the second presidential debate streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, or on any major TV news channel Sunday, Oct. 9.