In the Las Vegas debate, at two moments, candidates bickered for about a minute, each one trying to speak over the other. First, Perry constantly interrupted Romney for about one minute while he tried to answer a question about immigration, then Santorum constantly interrupted Romney for another minute about his credibility for repealing Obamacare. Perhaps the other candidates were fed up with Romney getting so much more time to speak at the previous debates that they tried (and failed) to aggressively claim more time to speak for themselves? In any case, these moments of bickering were not included in my calculations of time allocated to each speaker, as two people talking simultaneously is as useful as nobody talking at all.
What closing statement?
The last question, "Who could best beat Barack Obama?" seemed to be presented as a general question and an opportunity for the candidates to give their closing statements. Unfortunately, not all candidates were able to answer this question, as time ran out. While Romney had a chance to speak three times, and Perry twice, during this last question, Ron Paul was the only candidate not allowed to answer the question.
Santorum looking truly frustrated and desperate as he tries to undermine Romney's credibility concerning repealing Obamacare. Santorum resorts to interrupting Romney constantly during one minute while Romney tries to answer a question.
Romney mentioned not once, but twice, his support for E-verify to reduce illegal immigration.
Perry mentioned the use of predator drones along the border to crack down on illegal immigration.
Perry was booed for his insistent criticism of Romney for allegedly continuing to knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Perry quote of the day: When criticized by the moderator for ignoring a question and answering a completely different question: "You get the ask the questions, and I get to answer them like I want to."
Bachmann quote of the day: "Now with the president. He put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa." Last time I checked, Libya was in Africa. Perhaps she meant Uganda?
Distribution of debate time
Following is the time allocated to each candidate at the debate. Romney is a clear winner, with twice as much time to speak as Gingrich. Perry, with over 12 minutes, is a few minutes behind Romney, but still at a comfortable margin of over two minutes more than the remaining candidates, Cain, Bachmann, Paul, and Santorum, each having about 10 minutes.
|Candidate||Debate time (min)|
The following chart shows the time each candidate has had to speak at the previous five debates. Gary Johnson was only invited to one of the debates, and Huntstman was absent from the last debate.
Cumulative debate time
The following chart shows the total time each candidate has had to speak over the last five debates. Romney has had 68 minutes, and Johnson, invited to just one of the debates, just over 4 minutes.
Following are my notes, based on the four part video available here.
|Replacing the federal income tax with a federal sales tax|
|Romney's 59 point economic plan/Romneycare/Obamacare|
|Romney||28:00||29:20||Santorum looking desperate saying Romney has no credibility for repealing Obamacare. Constantly interrupting Romney|
|Perry||08:12||09:09||Talks about immigration instead of healthcare|
|Perry/Romney||09:20||09:45||Constantly interrupted by Perry|
|Perry||19:17||19:40||Boo'd for criticizing romney for hiring illegals|
|Perry||23:31||24:59||You get the ask the questions, and I get to answer them like I want to|
|Opening national nuclear repository|
|Real estate bubble/forclosures|
|Occupy Wall Street|
|Should a candidate's faith shape a debate? Reference to Robert Jeffress|
|Deficit reduction to cut defense spending|
|Bachmann||18:36||19:53||Potential assisination attempt by Iran on US soil. Entered a 4th conflict. Now with the president. He put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.|
|Would you negociate for a hostage ?|
|Santorum||24:36||25:59||Central threat is Iran|
|Who could best beat Barack Obama?|
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.