samedi 15 octobre 2011

GOP New Hampshire Debate: more disparity of speaking time

Consistent winners (time hoggers...): Romney and Perry
In New Hampshire this Tuesday, as in the previous debates, Romney and Perry had far more time to speak during the debate than the other candidates.  This has been the true at least for the Orlando, Tampa, and Reagan Library debates.  However, the gap between first and second place was the largest in this debate, with Romney having over 4.5 more minutes to speak than Perry.

Rising and falling stars: Cain and Paul
Since I've been studying the allocation of speaking time at the GOP debates, I've seen Cain rise from last place (at the Reagan Library and Tampa) to third place in New Hampshire.   Ron Paul, on the other hand, has had progressively less and less time to speak, placing fourth place, sixth place, eighth place (second-to-last) and eighth place (last) from the debates from September 7 until October 11. The time given to the remaining candidates has fluctuated from debate to debate.

Quote of the debate - the blank check
My favorite quote from the debate was from Michele Bachmann: "Let's not give Barack Obama another $2.4 trillion blank check to spend." I understand the point she is trying to make, but the troll inside me just can't help but to point out that a check for a specific amount ($2.4 trillion) made out to a specific person (Barack Obama) can not technically be a blank check.

Time distribution
Following are the speaking times I measured for each of the candidates at the New Hampshire debate.


Candidate
Debate time (minutes)
Romney
17.16
Perry
12.57
Cain
9.58
Bachmann
9.22
Santorum
7.52
Gingrich
7.18
Huntsman
6.70
Paul
6.50





Calculating floor time
I used the same approach as the previous debates: For a given question asked to a candidate, I did not include the time of the initial question asked by the host.  I included the time the candidate took to answer, as well as any dialogue between the candidate and the host during the answer.


Notes
My notes from the debate, upon which my time measurements are based.  As usual I invite any readers to point out any inaccuracies in my notes. 





Economy
Cain 2:32 3:33
Perry 3:50 4:47
Romney 5:04 6:20
Perry 6:36 7:40
Bachmann 8:13 9:42
Gingrich 10:04 11:12 12:02
Paul 12:14 13:33




Jobs
Santorum 13:50 15:37




Innovation
Huntsman 15:54 17:13




Medicare
Gingrich 17:49 19:03
Bachmann 19:24 20:36




Advisors
Huntsman 20:53 23:29 999
Cain 23:39 25:02
Romney 25:25 29:55
Cain 30:05 30:33
Gingrich 30:43 31:30




Housing
Paul 31:38 33:05




Deficit
Perry 34:52 35:50
Romney 36:21 38:29
Gingrich 38:37 39:18
Bachmann 39:20 41:02 Let's not give Barack Obama another 2.4 trillion blank check to spend




Cain's 999 plan
Cain 41:56 43:42
Bachmann 43:48 44:33




China and currency
Huntsman 45:38 46:46
Romney 47:20 48:32
Perry 48:37 49:37




Competitiveness
Santorum 50:45 52:31
Cain 53:40 53:00




Obamacare
Romney 53:05 53:58
Huntsman 54:01 54:18




Candidates ask each other questions
Perry's Democrat background and spending
Bachmann 55:50 56:33
Perry 56:33 57:24




Romney's tax plan
Cain 57:24 58:00
Romney 58:01 59:33




Romney's plan to lower the capital gains threshold
Gingrich 59:34 1:00:20
Romney 1:00:21 01:01:13




Romney's credibility on jobs
Huntsman 01:23 01:59
Perry 01:59 03:07




Federal reserve
Paul 03:08 4:23
Cain 4:24 5:23




Romneycare raised insurance premiums
Perry 5:40 6:12
Romney 6:12 7:53




Jobs for young people right out of college
Romney 8:30 9:11
Bachmann 9:11 10:37




Tarp, How will 999 restrict freedom?
Santorum 10:37 13:08
Cain 13:08 13:48




More questions from the moderators
Compare Perry and Romney's view on healthcare
Perry 15:02 17:37




Federal reserve chairman rôle model
Cain 18:06 19:10
Paul 19:18 20:39




Small business credit, Dodd Frank
Romney 21:14 22:32
Bachmann 22:33 23:50
Cain 23:55 24:09
Paul 24:10 24:45




Federal government funding emerging technologies
Perry 25:10 27:23




Homeowners: video from Bush about how great it is everybody can now own a home
Gingrich 28:00 29:11
Cain 29:29 30:00




Tax increases
Romney 30:27 31:40




Economic disparity in America
Perry 32:13 32:54
Santorum 33:01 33:47




Closing statements: How do you relate to the American people ?
Bachmann 34:44 35:23
Cain 35:26 35:59
Gingrich 36:02 36:36
Paul 36:37 37:10
Santorum 37:11 37:52
Huntsman 37:53 38:39
Perry 38:40 39:15
Romney 39:16 40:01


Photo credits
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.


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