Moderator choice for Centre College vice-presidential debate praised

Herald-Leader Staff ReportAugust 13, 2012 

The moderators for the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate in Danville as well as the three presidential debates were named Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will be the moderator for the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville.

Two observers — both Centre alumni — on opposite sides of the political spectrum said Monday that Raddatz will be a good moderator.

"She does very substantive reports. I think she is a really good reporter," said conservative columnist John David Dyche of Louisville. "To be quite honest, I don't think she is suspected by people on the right of having quite the liberal bias" as others.

"She's as bright as hell," said Democratic political consultant Danny Briscoe. "She's smart."

Jim Lehrer of the PBS News Hour will moderate the Oct. 3 presidential debate at the University of Denver.

Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent, will moderate the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Finally, Bob Schieffer, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and moderator of Face the Nation, will moderate the Oct. 22 presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored and produced all the presidential and vice-presidential debates since 1987.

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