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Debate’s REAL winner? Raddatz! Here are 5 facts

  • Biden, Ryan who? Moderator Martha Raddatz stole the show
  • Who is the blunt force behind last night's debate success?
Martha Raddatz is getting praise as moderator for the vice presidential debate.

Baddatz: Martha on her 16th trip to Iraq in 2008

Martha Raddatz, how the Internet adores ye. After Thursday night's fiery vice presidential debate, people lit up their computers with praise for Raddatz and her firm and effective grip on the evening's proceedings.

It's not hard to find value in Raddatz's resume (she is ABC's senior foreign affairs correspondent after all), but like Paul Ryan's beefcake appeal and Joe Biden's favorite-uncle smile, sometimes it's the intangible things that are the most interesting.

For your Raddatz fix, here are five fascinating tidbits about the debate's surprise star:

1. President Obama was a guest at her wedding: Raddatz's former husband Julius Genachowski went to law school with Obama. Conflict of interest? No worries, says Raddatz. That wedding was over two decades ago, and according to her, nearly the entire Harvard Law Review was there. The couple split in 1997.

2. 'Well traveled' is an understatement: According to her ABC bio, Raddatz has been to Iraq 21 times -- 21 TIMES. Not to mention trips to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe and parts of Africa.

3. She has excellent ring tones: Raddatz famously broke up a White House briefing in 2007 when her cellphone went off, blaring Chamillionaire's "Ridin' Dirty" and prompting Tony Snow to quip, "Play that funky music, white girl!" Raddatz claims her 15-year-old son set her up with the jingle, which somehow makes the story even better.

4. Her ideal dinner party is Brett Favre, Ali Wentworth and Kim Jong Un (and Abe Lincoln as a backup): This is a real thing she said once.

5. She's sensitive about war and family: Raddatz is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Long Road Home: A Story About War and Family." She relied on her experience in the field to write the book, which focuses on the impact of war, deployments and loss on military families and loved ones.

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