The third and final presidential debate has drawn to a close, and everyone is saying the same thing about the moderator, Kristen Welker...
It's been one hell of an evening.
via: GettyAfter months of mounting tensions, Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, finally faced each other for one last time before the highly-anticipated election.
Tonight was crucial for both Trump and Biden...
via: GettyBecause, though Biden had a significant lead in the national polls, the gap between him and Trump has gradually been reducing in the battleground states.
However, the evening played out a little differently from the other debates.
via: GettyRemember the first presidential debate, wherein Trump and Biden incessantly spoke over and interrupted one another?
It was utterly shambolic, wasn't it?
via: GettyAnd the second debate fared no better.
Following President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, a virtual debate was pitched...
via: GettyBut, of course, the president refused point-blank to do this. So, in a historic first, the second debate was canceled and both candidates went on to attend their own town hall events - on different channels, at the exact same time.
And, in order for the third event to actually take place (and in an orderly manner...)
via: GettyThe Commission on Presidential Debates came up with a new rule.
Tonight's ninety-minute debate was divided into fifteen-minute segments...
via: GettyAnd at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of (mostly) uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Both campaigns agreed to the new rule...
via: GettyAnd, as has been done before, the moderator, NBC's Kristen Welker ensured that equal amounts of time were given to both the speakers over the course of the ninety minutes.
Now, many were eager to see Welker's handling of the debate.
via: GettyA powerful woman of color, Welker is also the youngest person to moderate a presidential or vice-presidential debate during this election cycle in more than twenty years.
Welker was already known for pushing officials in the Trump administration during White House briefings...
via: GettyIncluding asking questions about children separated from their parents by immigration officials, a topic she wasn't afraid of covering this evening.
But she was faced with one hell of a challenge, this evening.
via: GettyThere were many tense moments from the debate, and the president was slammed across the evening for being "condescending" towards Welker.
But it's needless to say, Welker managed to keep the debate and it's candidates firmly in check...
via: GettyAnd everyone has been saying the same thing about her performance.
.@kwelkernbc is so good at this. It's not about her. It's about the voters. She gets it. It looks like she's been p… https://t.co/P4tgIKhssz— Jonathan Allen (@Jonathan Allen)1603419665.0
The moderator is much better than those past debates. #Debates2020— deray (@deray)1603415884.0
Props to @kwelkernbc. She’s making an impossible job look easy.— Sam Harris (@Sam Harris)1603418472.0
This debate has flown by, less than half an hour left — kudos to @kwelkernbc for a fast-paced, substantive #debate— Julia Jester (@Julia Jester)1603418650.0
“But you’re the president.” @kwelkernbc 🔥🔥🔥— Meena Harris (@Meena Harris)1603418261.0
I am so proud of the job @kwelkernbc is doing tonight. She’s moving it along but being respectful. She is running a… https://t.co/y5RtmkBNQn— Al Roker (@Al Roker)1603418063.0
Total pro. She is thoughtful, tough and in charge. A master class where voters were clearly well served. Yes, th… https://t.co/AjpkOkIEQc— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell)1603420915.0
.@kwelkernbc, take a bow. Because of you, the American public won after tonight’s debate. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Weijia Jiang (@Weijia Jiang)1603420896.0
Can we all give a round of applause to @kwelkernbc on how she moderated the final #PresidentialDebate! Grace, stren… https://t.co/Kg7pMgEiPt— Karamo (@Karamo)1603421322.0
So, as you can see...
via: GettyPeople loved her. Welker has been praised for her professional and direct handling of the debate, and many have thanked her for "giving the voters a voice." As to whether her efforts will determine the outcome of the election? Well, only time will tell.