Friday, October 12, 2012

Joe Biden


Who won Thursday's debate? Martha Raddatz

By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
updated 10:27 AM EDT, Fri October 12, 2012
Washington (CNN) -- At times it seemed as if Martha Raddatz, who moderated Thursday's vice presidential debate, was the third debater.


Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in March

10:31 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House records reveal that the moderator of last night's vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012. Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.
As the records show, that day Raddatz visited the VPR (or, the vice president's residence) for a "Women's History Month Reception." That record was released on June 29, 2012.

According to Biden's schedule released the day before the event, "the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will host a reception in honor of Women’s History Month at the Naval Observatory."
There appears to be no pool report from the event, which presumably was widely attended, that might have recorded the details from the events. 
On at least one other occasion, Raddatz visited the White House. According to records, that visit was on December 18, 2009. The reason for that visit is not know, though her meeting appears to have taken place in the Old Executive Office Building, and not the West Wing.
Before last night's debate, Raddatz came under scrutiny after the Daily Caller revealed she had attended President Barack Obama's wedding in 1991 with her now ex-husband, Obama administration official Julius Genachowski.

Body language: Love or hate him, it was all Joe

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NEW YORK (AP) -- This time, they didn't need Big Bird.
Because really, who needed a "Sesame Street" character to grab all the post-debate attention when there was Joe Biden's smile- or laugh, chuckle, grimace, grin, smirk, or "goofy face," according to various descriptions?

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