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ABC defends Raddatz for Thursday's VP debate

11:30 AM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - ABC News says journalist Martha Raddatz has no conflict of interest in moderating the vice presidential debate Thursday night because President Obama attended her wedding in 1991.

The Daily Caller published a story saying Obama was a guest at Raddatz's 1991 wedding to Julius Genachowski. At the time, they were students at Harvard law school.

The Daily Caller was founded by Tucker Carlson, a conservative pundit, and Neil Patel, a former aide to Dick Cheney.

"This is absurd. Martha Raddatz is known for her tough, fair reporting, which is why it was no surprise to her colleagues inside and outside ABC News that she was chosen by the Commission on President Debates for this assignment," reads the ABC statement.

Raddatz and Genachowski were divorced in 1997 and are now remarried.The ABC statement was first reported by Politico and The Huffington Post.

Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will face off in their only debate Thursday at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

Peter Eyre, an adviser to the non-partisan debate commission, said the organization doesn't care that Obama attended Raddatz's wedding more than 20 years ago.

"We selected Martha Raddatz because she is a terrific journalist and will be a terrific moderator and we're thrilled to have her. The notion that that somehow affects her ability is not something we have given a moment's thought to," Eyre told USA TODAY.

 

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