CNN Gives Elizabeth Warren Most Speaking Time in Presidential Debate

WESTERVILLE, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appear on television screens in the Media Center during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University on October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio. A record 12 presidential hopefuls are participating in the debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times. …
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CNN gave Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) the most speaking time during the Democrat presidential debate on Tuesday, allowing her to speak for a total of 23 minutes, easily outdistancing rival Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), who spoke for a total of 16 and a half minutes.

The televised debate, which was co-hosted by the New York Times, was dominated by Warren, who has been gaining ground on Biden in recent polls and is regarded by many as the frontrunner for the Democrat nomination.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Beto O’Rourke, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) each spoke for a little more than 13 minutes apiece on Tuesday, according to data reported by CNN.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke for a total of less than 13 minutes each.

In past Democratic debates, candidates Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson claimed that their mics appeared to be turned off when they tried to jump into the live discussion.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) threatened to boycott Tuesday’s debate, saying on Twitter that she is trying to bring attention to the “DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig [the] 2020 primary.”

Gabbard ended up participating in Tuesday’s televised event, but CNN only gave her a little more than eight minutes of air time, just ahead of entrepreneur Tom Steyer, who spoke for a total of seven minutes.

Yang clocked in a total of over nine minutes of speaking time on Tuesday.

When CNN hosted the first Democrat debate in July — which was divided into two nights — Biden emerged with the most speaking time at 21 minutes, followed by Warren with 18 minutes.

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