Reuters/REUTERS – U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama speak directly to each other during the second U.S. presidential campaign debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
President Obama is making a much more aggressive presentation in the second presidential debate. But for the third in a row, Democrats are getting more time to address national audiences than their Republican opponents, even as they protest the debate moderator asserting the opposite.
“I will get run out of town, if I don’t allow people to…” moderator Candy Crowley said, trailing off as she tried to reign in Romney and Obama, both talking over her and refusing to yield.
Obama then said he wanted equal opportunity to respond. At that time, Obama was leading Romney in speaking time by nearly a full minute, 15:01 to 14:18 according to CNN’s ticker.
Obama made a similar complaint during the first debate, despite leading Romney in speaking time throughout. And in last week’s vice presidential debate, Joe Biden made a similar complaint, despite leading Paul Ryan by nearly two minutes.