I felt there was intent in Obama taking more than two minutes to make up for losing "five seconds" and that a comparison of the actual time each candidate was allowed to talk would not show the time was evenly distributed. It was also interesting to me to notice that Romney spent the time, when Obama was talking, either looking at Obama or referring to his notes and making notes; while Obama looked less often at Romney and, when he wasn't looking at his own notes or making notes, he looked at the moderator. Perhaps a body language expert among us could comment on any significance to that.
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Thanks for that interesting debate analysis. Interesting that you listened to the debate instead of watching it. The first Nixon/Kennedy debate had dramatically different opinions regarding who won based on if it was viewed or listened to.
Excellent analysis and I think you're right. I too felt Obama was more truthful.
I seem to recall other debates having a bell which went off when given times had expired. It could have helped in the first 2012 debate.
That would be a good idea; a loud, persistant bell, lol.
Here's a thought... after their time is up, cut off their mics. It's not like they don't know when the clock is winding down o.O
That sounds about right.
My father always said "rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools." And that's what he taught me. Isn't it also called "thinking outside the box"?
How can anyone be expected to follow laws when those who created them are exempt? It's not 'thinking outside the box' and it's not right. Laws that congress enacts frequently have language in them that exempts congress from those same laws. BAD.
The difference in time was Obama +5 minutes of actual debate time. That is nearly 10% more, if Lehrer's portion of the 90 minutes counts.
I will guarantee he considered him a threat the day after the first debate!
What a great idea, having Bill Clinton Stand in.
Ouch! Why so negative? "That junk" may have its frustrations, but it is every American's opportunity to make him- or herself informed about who they're putting into office. As bad as it gets, I can't afford to be jaded about it. Too much at stake.