Conservatives say debate moderator Martha Raddatz let Biden steamroll Ryan

Conservatives expressed irritation during Thursday night’s debate with moderator Martha Raddatz, who they said let Vice President Biden repeatedly break into Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s answers.

ABC reporter Raddatz didn’t interject to allow Ryan to finish, some conservatives noted on Twitter.
National Review reporter Katrina Trinko said Raddatz was being “walked over” by Biden.

Washington Examiner editorial writer David Freddoso said Raddatz and Biden were ganging up on Ryan.

Washington Examiner editorial writer Philip Klein said Raddatz was taking signals from Biden and cutting off Ryan, but not doing the same when Ryan tried to derail Biden.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham and American Enterprise Fellow Marc Thiessen concurred.

But Herman Cain, the former Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, stepped up to defend Raddatz from claims of "bias."

Some conservatives were outraged earlier this week over a report that President Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of Raddatz, ABC News’s senior foreign affairs correspondent. Glenn Beck raised the issue in another tweet.

ABC News spokesman called accusations that Raddatz has a conflict of interest "absurd." There is no evidence that Obama and Raddatz are close, but the president is friends with her ex-husband, Julius Genachowski.
Genachowski was a classmate with Obama at Harvard Law School, and both worked on the Harvard Law Review. Genachowski advised Obama during his 2008 presidential run, and now chairs the Federal Communications Commission.
Genachowski and Raddatz had a son together but divorced in 1997. They have both remarried.
The script is flipped from last week’s presidential debate, when liberals said debate moderator Jim Lehrer didn’t do enough to direct the tempo or the content of the debate. Many Obama supporters seemed overtly pleased with Raddatz's performance during Thursday's debate.

—Brendan Sasso and Alicia M. Cohn contributed to this report.

Updated at 11:28 p.m.

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