The article reported:
And while Romney at times appeared to interrupt moderator Jim Lehrer, perhaps he did so for good reason.
A Smart Politics analysis finds that Mitt Romney spoke for 38 minutes and 14 seconds, or 47.3 percent of the candidate-allotted speaking time – a full four minutes and 26 seconds less than Barack Obama.
I enjoyed the debate. I liked the format–it gave both candidates a chance to state their case and dispute any questionable facts given by the other candidate. I also liked the fact that the moderator kept a low profile and let the candidates talk.
The article further reports:
Lehrer, meanwhile, seemed to disappear and at times lose control of the debate – speaking significantly less than debate moderators from the GOP primaries this cycle.
Lehrer spoke for just 8 minutes and 10 seconds, or 9 percent of the total time between himself and the two nominees.
During the GOP presidential primary debates, moderators spoke for an average of twice that amount (19.8 percent) ranging from a high of 27 percent to a low of 14 percent.
The debate should be between the candidates–not a stage for the moderator. I liked the way Jim Lehrer moderated the debate.
One final thought:
“80 percent of success is just showing up” — Woody Allen