Transcript for Martha Raddatz Answers Your Questions
I -- keep falling and I'm here with ABC's senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz who moderated the vice presidential debate and they're using night. Mike has kindly offered to answer some of your questions on Twitter and -- -- the first funds from LC don't. How do you think you Denmark and not you've had time to reflect -- think anybody is trying my personality that you didn't that you look back and you think. Shouldn't matter shouldn't have done adoration I should've done that a little bit more. But I eight I think over all went well and am I'm pleased with -- and I -- people have been incredibly nice. And that there's a couple of things I wish for is something a little differently. What you are it's going down here in the moment you have to kind of respond to things happen. The next line what sort of restrictions and liberties to the debate rules of the debate commission place on the journalist selected as moderator and questioner. And what kind of background research did you do in preparation for the debate I think he did real. -- hey they're there not been there really aren't restrictions the only restriction. Was did that each candidate got two minutes uninterrupted at the beginning of each segment. Inside there I know there was one point in the debate where and I can't remember who interrupted the others from Joseph Biden. That is that they broken at two minutes and I remember saying this is -- -- a portion. I actually believed -- not have not watched the debate yet. I I just thought -- I'm not -- ever will in fact I've seen little snippets of it but I haven't seen -- -- I know it's very different when you're there. I prepared constantly. Adds I said Thursday night that was pretty much first -- slept in about two months because -- really did worry about it for. I I'm particularly since I haven't covered the campaign but don't cover. Domestic policy as much as I do foreign affairs so particularly domestic policy. And where the candidates stand on all these positions. A we drove back and forth my son's. College football games on the weekends and Ohio and I constantly listening to whatever -- can get on the budget -- their few times I can't listen to that -- anymore I can't I can't. You also give yourself some breaks and I think it's good to clear your head but a lot of lot a lot of standing talked to a lot of people talked a lot of other journalists. Talk to a lot of people in think tanks talked to a lot of people who done this before -- people before. I feel like I was constantly learning but that's what's good about my job anyway. The next one comes from Joanna Wellman. My question for her is based on debates and her work around the world. What does she see as critical for America's future over the next four years for our future president and administration -- -- think one of the things this debate. Did with by centering on foreign policy and domestic. Policies to just show how. But having covered the wars in Iraq -- Afghanistan. I know the countries and focused on that anymore and it kind of breaks my heart for the people who -- who are fighting forest but I I think. You. I think I think the country are always pastor members and we should and I know we do as a country that things can happen so instantly that that change lives. That whoever. We -- act as president has to deal with these things. In a moment's notice just moments. On a more but -- specific thing I think. Cyber attacks or something we really have to think about a lot and I know the country isn't thinking about that very much you know that was a topic last week. I believe secretary Panetta probably in mind when -- standing for something else was talking about that but there. China. -- -- there -- a lot of issues that'll come out but it's mostly the unexpected. This next -- from and that each I don't want to say 840 characters strike. If I can't -- you can you can act beyond it. That's next -- comes at an. No. -- and that's -- it's totally embarrassing if if people who know me well know that the attention has. In some sense mortified -- It's that because I don't think you're going to need some mean it was very much to me to get information from. These two candidates and the attention is a lot of fun but it's it's I'm I hope it I can't wait to get back to my regular job of being senior foreign affairs correspondent I need to get out the country. Who's next -- comes from Carla -- I think she did a great job fair job and asked both candidates for. Or -- a report. I think. As as a moderator it's it at in in -- -- have to do with the candidates do you can't you can prepare prepare prepare but when you sit down. You have to really be in the moment -- you have to do. Act I I think a lot of candidates coming and they think the debate is going to go one way and it's not going to go one way so within. A couple of minutes it was kind of clear to me that that Joseph Biden was probably going to be incredibly aggressive aggressive aggressive and I and that Paul Ryan. Was was sitting back and away and then maybe his strategy was to just let Joseph Biden be aggressive and aggressive aggressive so I had a factor that in. I think it's really important with you've got so much going on effectively trying to keep track of time you're trying to. Think OK I have I have -- given the equal time because you don't really know. And it's very hard since when you're out there are particularly something's louder than the other way and you think what they've had -- time -- -- haven't had as much and maybe I'm thinking they have because they're talking. There's so much going on -- out around you really have to try to listen to what they're saying and not -- me. You know just looking your piece of paper questions you want to ask that react to what they just. Next -- from Michael day and chairman -- BC a book on her mid east experience. Well I I wrote one book club a long road home on a battle in Iraq that was published in 2007. And it was about the US Pacific battle and it was a pretty tragic battle but. And the families of the soldiers who -- in the battle from the first calvary division. And I me. Like -- tempers doing repair -- has done in the past two years he worked full time and wrote a book I worked full time and wrote a book. I think I'm still recovering from now from 2007 but I hope someday I will write another one. Thank you for submitting your questions you can follow us on Twitter at. This week ABC and on FaceBook at FaceBook -- -- slash this week ABC thank --
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