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4 for 4, Dems Get More Talk Time in Debates

By    |   Monday, 22 October 2012 10:47 PM

If the Obama campaign does not manage to eke out a win on Election Day, it won’t be because it did not have an advantage in talk time during the debates.
On Monday, the Democratic ticket once again received more time than its Republican rivals.

CNN’s rolling talk-time clock showed President Barack Obama ending the night with 41:42 minutes of talk time, compared to GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s 41:07 minutes.

The 35 second difference may be inconsequential, but it continued a pattern seen throughout the debates.

“If you want more time to get your message out in debates, it’s good to be a Democrat,” the National Review’s Katrina Trinko recently commented in a post on The Corner blog.

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Democrats are now four-for-four in the debates, in terms of receiving more time to present their case to voters than their Republican opponents.
In the first debate, although President Obama appeared oddly passive, the incumbent actually received 4 minutes and 18 seconds more talk time to make his case than did his Republican challenger.

In the vice presidential debate, moderator and ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz gave Vice President Joe Biden a 1 minute, 22 second talk-time advantage over GOP Rep. Paul Ryan.

In the second presidential debate, President Obama was allowed to talk for 3 minutes, 14 seconds more than Romney – although at one point Obama quipped “I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here,” suggesting he was worried about receiving equal time.

Overall, Democrats received 9:29 seconds more time during the four debates to speak to millions of Americans, TV time that would have cost tens of millions if either campaign had to purchase it.

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If the Obama campaign does not manage to eke out a win on Election Day, it won t be because it did not have an advantage in talk time during the debates. On Monday, the Democratic ticket once again received more time than its Republican rivals. CNN s rolling talk-time clock...
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