Governor Gary Johnson was a new addition to the list of candidates in Orlando, though his presence may have been practically imperceptible, having less than four and a half minutes to speak throughout the debate.
This time, Romney outspoke Perry, coming in the lead with over 12 minutes, three times the speaking time allocated to Johnson. Second place winner Perry had over twice as much time to speak as second-to-last place candidate Ron Paul.
Herman Cain and Rick Santorum made progress compared to previous debates, moving from last and second-to-last place up to fifth and fourth place, respectively.
The other candidates in the middle each had between six and eight minutes to speak: Gingrich, Bachmann, and Huntsman.
Distribution of debate time
Following are the floor times I calculated for each candidate. My notes on which this data is based are found below. As with the previous debates, for each question asked to a candidate, I counted the time the candidate took to respond, including any dialog with the moderator during follow-up questions.
Contrast with the French socialist debate
I caught a glimpse of a French Socialist primary debate which was held on September 15. While I did not watch the whole debate, I did notice that each candidate had the same amount of time to speak (give or take one minute). Each of the six candidates had one minute to introduce themselves. Then, each candidate had a 10 minute dialogue with a panel of reporters. Finally, all candidates participated in a debate, with a timer in front of each candidate indicating the total time he or she had spoken. It seems that the political ideologies of these two parties (from different countries) can be seen in the way they organize their debates.
These notes are based on the debate video here.
|Topic||Candidate||Start time||End time|
|Small businesses – hiring new employees||Perry||03:24:00||05:08:00|
|Right to work||Santorum||10:17:00||10:58:00|
|Subsidizing alternative energy||Huntsman||13:03:00||14:35:00|
|999 Economic plan||Cain||15:15:00||16:22:00|
|Taxing the wealthy||Huntsman||31:59:00||33:15:00|
|Eliminate one department from the federal government||Cain||33:42:00||34:51:00|
|How to cut spending by 40%||Gingrich||35:22:00||36:37:00|
|Education for illegal immigrants||Romney||48:47:00||50:03:00|
|Border fence with Mexico||Paul||55:24:00||56:35:00|
|Bringing the troops home||Huntsman||12:06:00||13:14:00|
|Education: separation of church and state||Bachmann||14:47:00||15:53:00|
|Gays in the military||Santorum||16:22:00||17:54:00|
|Differences with Bush||Perry||19:40:00||20:32:00|
|Perry's vaccine mandate||Bachmann||26:09:00||27:12:00|
|Texas medical uninsurance||Perry||28:39:00||29:49:00|
|How to turn the country around||Huntsman||37:54:00||38:37:00|
The photographers of the heads above obviously do not necessarily support, or even know of the existence of, this blog :) .
Cain/Santorum/Gingrich/Perry: Gage Skidmore. Wikipedia articles for the candidates.
Romney: Brian Rawson-Ketchum (rawmustard) on Flickr.
Johnson: NSON. Wikipedia article for Gary Johnson.