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Ryan, Biden Ready for Debate; Moderator Involved in Conflict of Interest?

By GOPUSA Staff

It's Ryan vs. Biden in the only vice presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle. What will happen? Will Biden come out swinging in order to make up for Barack Obama's dismal performance? Will Paul Ryan score points on the budget and the economy?

The vice presidential debate will take place Thursday night at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. GOP nominee Paul Ryan has been preparing by sparring with former Solicitor General Ted Olson. Fox News reports that Olson and Ryan have "held a whopping nine 90-minute prep sessions."

President Obama, though, expressed confidence in his man ahead of Thursday night's faceoff in Kentucky.

"Joe just needs to be Joe," the president told ABC News. "Congressman Ryan is a smart effective speaker, but his ideas are the wrong ones."

Though vice presidential debates are typically a sort of intermission between the more closely watched presidential debates, the Biden-Ryan contest could have more of an impact, which could explain the intensive practice sessions. It comes as the polls in the race take a turn on the heels of Romney's dominating performance against Obama last week in Denver. The Republican nominee has closed Obama's lead in several swing states and in some polls has surpassed the president nationally.


One piece of interesting information is that Barack Obama was a guest at the moderator's wedding. ABC News' Martha Raddatz will serve as moderator, and in 1991, Barack Obama was in attendance at her wedding to then-husband Julius Genachowski. Obama later appointed Genachowski, a Harvard law school buddy, to head the Federal Communications Commission.

As reported by the Daily Caller, ABC has tried to downplay the connect, but is it relevant?

Irrelevant information? Put it this way: If Raddatz were a judge, she'd likely have to recuse herself from cases pertaining to the Obamas.

We're not arguing that Raddatz will slant tonight's debate in the Obama campaign's favor -- any more than a member of Congress would automatically vote for an appropriation simply because it helps a campaign contributor. We are arguing that the public has a right to know the facts about Raddatz's relationship to the president.

Is this a big deal? Should ABC have disclosed the connection? Will it make a difference in the debate?

If, as Barack Obama says, Joe is just going to be Joe, then maybe the moderator won't be able to save him. If there is any time for another Biden gaffe, it's right now.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 11, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Let us all just smile and hope that ‘ole Joe’ will just be himself; for if that is the case he will be the best case that can be made for Romney / Ryan. “They gonna put y’all back in chains.” “We gonna deny the trillion dollar tax break to the 1% at the expense of the ‘middle class’.”

    Let ‘ole Joe’ and let him crow.
    In so doing people can compare ‘ignorance’ [ole Joe]
    and intelligence [Paul Ryan].

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      October 11, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      Is this article saying that a congressman would not vote for an appropriation just because it would favor a contributor? Are they serious? She evidently is not married to obamas buddy now but she works for ABC for gosh sakes.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 11, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      Well, if she is no longer married to Obama’s buddy, that might work against Obama. If they had a messy divorce and he is associated with her hated ex, she might be mean to good ole Joe.

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      October 11, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

      I have been trying to watch the debate since it started. It has turned into the Biden show. The moderator cuts Ryan off almost every time he opens his mouth.
      What a disgrace.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 12, 2012 @ 7:47 am

      Not only the moderator, but Biden cut Ryan off nearly every time he opened his mouth.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      October 12, 2012 @ 9:35 am

      I was an Honor Student in High School Debate. In complete amazement, I watched whatever this thing was. The Moderator, was a cruel biased JOKE. Biden was, well, as if the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, hopped up on CRACK or Meth or both. Moderator=Queen of Hearts, and this Queen had Obama as a guest at her wedding! Good Grief!

      In all, Biden has crossed the line in the most uncivil discourse that I have ever seen, per so called debates. My Debate Coach, would have sent Biden packing with a quarter to call home, to have his sorry a$$ picked up by his parents… .

      The Media DOGS are surrounding their wounded OWNERS, and it will either just get more insane in their protection, or, if the wounds get worse, they might turn on them. Kind of doubt it as the Media DOGS have the same destroy, transmogrify America agenda as Team Obama.

      Who ever coached Ryan, should be fired as well. Ryan should have confronted Biden’s childish behavior and the so called Moderator. Robert’s Rules of Order only applies to civilized people, once the fists fly, you must call them on their poor manners, repeatedly.

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  2. wolfComment by wolf
    October 11, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    It’s interesting to hear the pundits say they are eager to see how Ryan handles the “big stage” pressure. I’d simply refer them to the video of Ryan sytematically ripping Obama a new “one”, at the televised healthcare debate meeting. Ryan shredded the liberal rhetoric right to the President’s face and Obama had no answer to it.
    I think Ryan will do JUST fine tonight.

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  3. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    October 11, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    It’s good to know nepotism is alive and well in politics.

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  4. Howard McTaggartComment by Howard McTaggart
    October 11, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I think they should get Jesse Ventura to be the Moderator, he hates both parties, but I hope Biden leaves wondering what kind of truck hit him.

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  5. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    October 11, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    No matter HOW far in Obama’s corner this woman is, I doubt if she can save “Joe the Mouth” from himself. It should be entertaining to watch him sttempt to debate a man as formidably competent and intelligent as Paul Ryan.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      October 11, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      Right. Everyone thinks he snowed Palin but I thought she did very well. Anyway I think Ryan is heads above “joe”.

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    • extyrequeenComment by extyrequeen
      October 11, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      paul ryan has something that biden will never have and that is
      intregrity. to me that is the most important thing a politian should have.

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  6. handsomeharveyComment by handsomeharvey
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    ABC should have asked Rush to moderate. He is fair and would do a great job and probably not taken a cent for doing it. Maybe he will be asked to do one of the future presidential debates.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 11, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

      You know that’ll never happen. It seems the liberals are always pulling this stuff. Remember when Gwen Ifill moderated one of the Presidential debates in 2008 after she had already announced she was an Obama supporter?

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  7. Allen SComment by Allen S
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    The greatest thing we can do is pray for Paul Ryan as he debates against the lies and deceits of the lefties.

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  8. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    ABC, itself, represents a conflict of interest. ABC has been an obvious supporter of Obama from the get-go.

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  9. jamessheridanComment by jamessheridan
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    Any lawyer will tell you that it is COMPLETELY unethical for her to act as a moderator in this debate because of a conflict of interest.

    1. She Went to school with Obama

    2. She considered him a close enough FRIEND to invite to her wedding.

    3. A moderator is required to be above reproach, which is clearly not the case here.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 11, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

      Above reproach? Surely you jest.

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  10. Antiquityart.comComment by Antiquityart.com
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    I’m consistently struck slack jawed by the choice of heavily and obviously biased moderators in these debates. Can you imagine how ‘they’ (The liberals) would howl if even a moderate like Will Smith were chosen to ‘moderate’, let alone someone of comparable bias to the other side like a Sean Hannity to this last leftist buffoon from PBS Mort the Wart? There would be blood in the streets!

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  11. fallschComment by fallsch
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    “IF” this particular journalist had any intentions of playing favorites this disclosure would make it more difficult to pull off without it being obvious. This being more so due to the side she would be trying to help having a candidate that has made some damaging statements to his own side .

    I do agree that putting this information out at the start makes it a non issue.

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  12. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    October 11, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I think it is pretty much common knowledge that all of the moderators are liberal-leaning, if not fully in the pocket of the left. I would suspect that, after the first Obama debate debacle, the moderators will have their marching orders not to let it happen again. We will see if they can pull it off without being so obvious that they do more damage to their candidates (Obama/Biden) than good. Remember, if the moderator has to step in and do a candidates thinking for him, it makes the candidate look even more weak and incompetent. Manipulation by the moderator will be a huge turn-off for the viewers. It is insulting to those of us who can see right through it, and will make us even less likely to vote for the poor fools who can’t win without being cheated along.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

      pwpmmp, maybe I’m a little more cynical than you, but I don’t believe people will form a lower opinion of a candidate if they see the moderator is on his side and asking softball questions. I think the moderators have the power to make or break a candidate based on the questions they ask, and the more difficult the questions, the harder it is for the candidates to give good answers. This is why I get apprehensive when I know the moderators are biased toward the Democrat, which is nearly always the case.

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      October 11, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      You certainly could be right, LAPhil, but in this case I hope you are wrong. Hopefully, thoughtful intelligent people will see manipulation if it occurs and be offended by it. Blind followers are already lost so it really doesn’t matter, except that we will have to watch Chris Matthews go all orgasmic and leg-tingly again. :)

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  13. bobvComment by bobv
    October 11, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I do not think it will matter how Ms Liberal handles it. Ryan gonna take the old boy out to the woodshed just like Romney did to NoBama……….GO RYAN…

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  14. retiredmarinepilotComment by retiredmarinepilot
    October 11, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    ABC just trying to do their part to help ole Joe. The “fix” is in. We’ll have to wait and see if they’re successful. I say he craps out.

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  15. Lee Roy PonkeComment by Lee Roy Ponke
    October 11, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    this is funny how you people worship Paul Ryan but you need to look at this page for the truth about this clown. Heres are a few of his best lies and gaffes so far
    http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/10/11/paul-ryan%E2%80%99s-biggest-gaffes-lies-and-misstatements/

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 11, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      Oh boy, am I disillusioned! I guess I’ll just have to vote for that idiot lying plagiarizing gaffemeister Biden now.

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  16. greenteethComment by greenteeth
    October 11, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Got my 12 pack of beer and a big bowl of buttered popcorn, can’t wait for the debate to start. This remindes me of the road runner cartoon between movies, road runner Rion v Wile Biden. I think the Acme safe will drop on Biden.

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  17. memawComment by memaw
    October 11, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    And here I was just thinking I would watch this debate for entertainment since neither man is running for president and Biden is so funny. I hope this moderator won’t spoil my fun.

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  18. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    October 11, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    How prophetic

    Where was the moderator moderating Biden’s constant interruptions?

    At times it appeared as if Ryan was debating two individuals. the moderator would counter a statement from Ryan, that is not moderating that is debating

    Biden did not debate, if Ryan had resorted to the same as Biden it would have been reduced to a squabble, and in that respect Ryan was having to do the job of the moderator

    Can see what Obama will do in the next debate, disrupt, distort, demean

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      October 12, 2012 @ 7:50 am

      Only Biden can get away with this kind of behavior. Can you imagine if either Obama or Romney had acted like that in their debate? This election would already be over.

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  19. noveldogComment by noveldog
    October 12, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    What debate? Ryan acted like a VP Biden acted like his mascot.

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  20. kentuckycolonelComment by kentuckycolonel
    October 12, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Prior to the debate I was extremely concerned that Martha Radditz would provide the fairness and unbiased attitude that a moderator should have in these type of circumstances. In retrospect I would have to say that Martha Radditz did a fairly good job in her position. Despite her liberal leanings and the personal biased agenda of her employers, Martha handled the role of moderator fairly well.

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  21. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    October 12, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    This debate is going to make for one hilarious opening sketch on SNL tomorrow night. I can just see Jason Sudeikis as Biden laughing his a*s off and acting like the buffoon that Biden was. Seth Myers is probably feeling like it’s Christmas right about now.

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