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On The Clock: Who’s Talking The Most In Tonight’s Debate?

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Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum Thursday.i

Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum Thursday.

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Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum Thursday.

Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum Thursday.

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With less than three weeks until the Iowa caucuses, seven Republican candidates meet in North Charleston, S.C., tonight for the sixth Republican presidential debate. Fox Business Network is hosting the debate, featuring the top seven candidates based on the average of six recent national polls.

Both Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul got booted from the prime-time debate. Fiorina participated in the undercard debate at 6 ET. Paul, however, decided not to join the undercard.

Several networks hosting the debates had vowed to give the candidates equal time, including Neil Cavuto, one of the moderators of Tuesday’s debate. “We try very hard to make sure everyone is at as equal amount of time as possible. You have to be cognizant of that. There might be one candidate that warrants aggressive follow-ups, but to be fair to the others, you have to make sure you’re keeping the time and allowing them to state their case,” he told The Greenville News. But, according to NPR’s count, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have received far more talking time in the debates so far.

Here is NPR’s tally for how much airtime each main stage candidate has so far, after the fourth commercial break.

Candidate speaking times after the fifth commercial break.i

Candidate speaking times after the fifth commercial break.

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Candidate speaking times after the fifth commercial break.

Candidate speaking times after the fifth commercial break.

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Article source: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/14/463089692/on-the-clock-whos-talking-the-most-in-tonights-debate?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news



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