Romney: More Time to Say Less Than Other Candidates: Romney 73 Min – Bachmann 41 Min

Smart Politics has clocked the time each of the GOP candidates have received to speak at the Republican debates. The “Mitt Show” is prime time. The South Carolina debate last night has not been included in the following:

Overall, Romney has recorded an average of 14 minutes and 40 seconds of speaking time per debate.

As the table below documents, Perry is the only other candidate to eclipse 10 minutes, although he sank to fifth in speaking time in Michigan.

All other candidates average seven to eight minutes of speaking time per debate.

Take a look at the chart. The two sitting U.S. House Representatives get only 41 and 37 minutes. It will be interesting to see the chart updated. Gingrich will undoubtedly rise.

Read the entire article analysis at Smart Politics.

Rank
Candidate
% FL1
% FL2*
% NH2
% NV
% MI
% Ave.
Total minutes
Per Debate
1
Romney
15.8
18.6
25.0
22.8
21.8
20.8
73 min. 22 sec.
14 min. 40 sec.
2
Perry
20.0
15.7
14.1
16.0
11.2
15.4
53 min. 51 sec.
10 min. 46 sec.
3
Bachmann
12.5
9.8
12.3
13.2
10.1
11.6
40 min. 57 sec.
8 min. 11 sec.
4
Cain
8.1
10.0
12.5
12.1
12.4
11.0
38 min. 43 sec.
7 min. 44 sec.
5
Gingrich
11.1
9.1
9.7
11.0
13.7
10.9
38 min. 23 sec.
7 min. 40 sec.
6
Huntsman
11.3
11.9
8.6
11.7
10.9
29 min. 45 sec.
7 min. 26 sec.
7
Paul
10.7
7.3
9.2
13.0
11.1
10.2
37 min. 01 sec.
7 min. 24 sec.
8
Santorum
10.4
11.2
8.5
11.8
8.0
10.0
35 min. 05 sec.
7 min. 01 sec.

* Percentages in Florida debate #2 do not sum to 100 because Gary Johnson participated in the debate. Data compiled by Smart Politics.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was purposefully given fewer questions by CBS last night in South Carolina and were foolish enough to send a confirming email. Thanks to reader Derek Wain for the tip.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook