Since the vice presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, conservatives and liberals have been at loggerheads over several questions — questions like, “Was Biden too rude?” Or, “Was Martha Raddatz a good moderator?” Generally, among liberals, the answer to the former is “no” and the answer to the latter is “yes,” while with conservatives, the answer has been the reverse.
But no one has asked what Raddatz herself thought of Biden’s performance, at least until now. And even if conservatives didn’t like her performance as moderator, they might be pleasantly surprised at what she had to say on that topic. Near the tail end of the second part of this week’s “This Week” on ABC, Raddatz told the panel that Biden’s performance was simply a mismatch for the setting, and came off as bombastic even to her (emphasis added):
Well, let me tell you one thing. For instance, I didn’t see Paul Ryan drinking all that water, ever, because when I was asking — because you’re so in the moment, and you’re asking Joe Biden a question. But I think right away, you knew what the strategy was.