NEW YORK — ABC’s Martha Raddatz took a forceful approach to moderating the vice presidential debate, winning some strong reviews from instant pundits on social media but some complaints from Republicans.
The first-time moderator’s performance was a clear contrast to PBS’ Jim Lehrer’s work in last week’s debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Lehrer let the presidential candidates talk almost freely, while Raddatz sought to be more specific and keep things under control.
Twitter was alight, with some calls for her to run for vice president instead of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
But Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity tweeted that Raddatz “is the worst moderator.”
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Joe Biden “was terrific” in the vice presidential debate.
Obama spoke to Biden briefly after the debate. The president says he “could not be prouder” of Biden and believes he made a strong case for making sure the economy grows for the middle class.
Obama watched the debate on Air Force One as he flew back to Washington following campaign events in Florida. His plane landed four minutes after the debate ended.
The president gave a thumbs-up as he walked down the plane’s front stairs.
Democrats who waited in vain last week for President Barack Obama to hit Mitt Romney on his 47 percent remark didn’t have to wait long for Vice President Joe Biden to pounce Thursday night.
At first opportunity in his face-off against Rep. Paul D. Ryan (Wisc.), Biden spouted off a long and rehearsed attack on the GOP ticket, casting them as hostile to the middle class and dismissive of nearly half of America.
Asked about the administration’s economy policy, Biden quickly pivoted to Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout.
“But it shouldn’t be surprising for a guy who says 47 percent of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives,” Biden said, referring to Romney’s surreptitiously recorded remarks disparaging those who don’t pay federal income taxes.