The definitive ranking of presidential (and VP) debate moderators

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 10/20/16.

USA TODAY - Over the course of three rounds of presidential debates and one vice presidential match up, voters have judged the Republican and Democratic candidates for office.

But there are other debate performers who've been closely scrutinized during this year's live, general election face-offs: the moderators. We won't be writing their names in the voting booth, but here's our ranking of presidential and VP debate moderators:

1. Chris Wallace

The Fox News journalist took on the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Strength: He established his authority early and asked substantial, policy-based questions. Unlike the other moderators, supporters of both Clinton and Trump largely found his questions and follow-ups fair.

Weakness: In order to move on to a number of topics and even include closing statements, he cut discussions short.

2. Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz

The co-moderators, CNN anchor Cooper and ABC News chief Raddatz, were in control ofthe second presidential debate in St. Louis.

Strength: Cooper and Raddatz clearly wouldn't stand for the candidates speaking out of turn, and asked questions about newsy topics.

Weakness: Many Trump supporters found their candidate unfairly treated, and saw the debate as "one on three," as Trump put it.

3. Lester Holt

The NBC Nightly News anchor was in the hot seat for the first presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y.

Strength: He started off strong, asking for specific answers to questions and fact-checking the candidates.

Weakness: Many on Twitter joked that Holt disappeared, because he kept letting the candidates speak over their allotted time.

4. Elaine Quijano

The CBS news correspondent moderated the only VP debate that took place in Farmville, Va. (We're including her in this ranking, but, admittedly, realize it's not totally fair to compare her event with the presidential debates.)

Strength: She eventually implored the candidates to scale back the cross-talk.

Weakness: Viewers felt that Pence and Kaine didn't respect Quijano's authority, because she was interrupted more than 25 times.

 

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