NBC News' Kristen Welker received praise from both Democrats and Republicans following her moderation of the final presidential debate Thursday evening. The NYT wrote that Welker "managed to restore order" following the raucous and unruly debate moderated by Chris Wallace late last month. Commentators referred to President Trump as more "subdued" and "disciplined" last night, perhaps owing to the highly-publicized mute button that kept candidates silent while the other was delivering their two-minute opening statements during each subject.
- Welker let the candidates have brief back-and-forth discussions but was quick to interject and move on to subsequent topics.
- Trump even praised Welker during the debate: "By the way, so far, I respect very much the way you’re handling this, I have to say." Trump had criticized Welker earlier in the day on Twitter when he released the full video of his "60 Minutes" interview, scheduled to officially air on CBS this Sunday.
- Former press secretary for George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, said "This debate is so much better than the first one. Not interrupting makes a big difference."
- Dan Rather tweeted: "A tip of the Stetson to Kristen Welker. A consummate pro on a big and difficult stage."