4 reasons Martha Raddatz won the debate
The second presidential debate was nothing if not a display of intensity and barely concealed frustration between the warring candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean the sparring or blatant displays of disagreement were limited to the candidates themselves. The patience of the moderators, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, were also tested during the bizarre tangential diatribes of the candidates, and Raddatz definitely won the debate.
While Cooper killed it with his consistent cool, Raddatz swooped in with sharp and consistent questions (even in the midst of Trump’s seriously constant interruptions), and equally kept Clinton on track, which ended up making her the real winner of the night.
Here are some of the instances in which Raddatz proved that she was in fact the one who stole our hearts and votes.
That moment when she repeated her question to Trump about how he would deal with the Syrian refugee crisis in Aleppo
But really though, what was he saying?
When Trump asked Raddatz why she didn’t interrupt Clinton as much as him and she merely answered, “I do”
When Raddatz inserted herself into the debate by explaining what the military is enabled to do when it comes to foreign affairs, before urging Trump to “explain his strategy”
Somehow, she managed to win over #debate Twitter, which is a feat few people can claim.
None of the people on Twitter (myself included) were moderating the debate, and yet staying calm still felt like an impossibility. Good for her for being able to pull that mysterious hat trick off.
You don’t even have to agree with her politics to recognize the amount of cool she had to keep during this national spectacle.
Now that it’s over, we can all rest assured that nothing is sacred and the future of our country is still hanging in the balance of this election, and there is one final debate to go. Will the last debate sway the undecided voters once and for all? If they haven’t made a decision by now, it’s unlikely, but we can hope.
One thing is for sure, Raddatz was the iron bullet of debate moderators, and we could use more of that.