Time analysis compiled by a university political researcher finds frontrunner Donald Trump dominated last night’s Republican presidential debate, that is, if you don’t count the moderators.

Donald Trump Fox debateFox News debate moderators allowed Trump speak the most of all the candidates, clocking in at 10 minutes, 32 seconds of air time.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush — stationed in the #2 podium due to his polling — came in a relative distant second, with 8 minutes 31 seconds.

The third-highest polling candidate — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — came in 9th place, being heard just over half of Trump’s time.

All told, the 10 candidates at the 9pm debate spoke “a total of one hour, eight minutes, and 49 seconds …”

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According to Smart Politics, “an equal distribution of speaking time would have been six minutes and 52 seconds per candidate.”

Dr. Eric J. Ostermeier, research associate at the Humphrey School’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, created this breakdown:

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According to Ostermeier, Walker’s relative lack of air time was his own doing. He “gave responses of less than 40 seconds six times and never exceeded 48 seconds for any of his remarks.”

The analysis notes Fox moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier spoke for 31 minutes and 53 seconds of the roughly two-hour broadcast, or 31.7% of the time.

  • jrldev

    I have watched the candidates for President debates for over 25 years now and last night was the worse spectacle presented by any moderators team. Ms..Kelly hands down was the worse ever – And I have seen a lot of bad moderators both men and women in those past debates. That woman was out of her level as a moderator and it appears that she took the opportunity as an aspiring Diva to unload on any one she does not respect for whatever reasons. Sadly for her the make up department did not do her any good with those extra fake eyelashes that reminded some of us old timers of a 2nd rate Burlesque Queen. It is ironic that the Fox network motto of fair and balance reporting failed to live up to that motto at a time when they have one of the largest audiences. As far as the other two moderators I suspect that they were secretly “shocked” by the Fox’s Diva/prima-donna performance. At least they treated the candidates with courtesy during the limited time they have a chance to take over the questioning. The debate was a total failure for some of us who really wanted to know the position of each candidate on the important issues like economy war/defense, immigrants problems problems, etc. since not every candidate was given the opportunity to respond.

    • tetse

      I agree with you and those eye lashes could have had a better use on broomsticks.

    • Rust

      Megyn Kelly is not ready for prime time.

      She can handle guests on a nightly basis but when allowed to let her ego get out in front of her, her true colors show through — and they’re not pretty.

      • Papa Ooo Mao Mao

        Her true color is Dem blue….

        • Rust

          If you watch her regularly, the tells have been there from the beginning.

          It’s easy to see she is of the brainwashed generation, a product of an education system that focuses more on *fairness* and social engineering than it does on critical thinking skills.

      • Common Sense

        Mirror mirror, on the wall.

    • Common Sense

      I agree with most of what you say with the exception of Chris Wallace. He tried baiting Kasich into dissing Trump, and classy Kasich instead defended Trump, much to Wallace”s chagrin. He then said, “Let’s try again” and called on Rubio, who also didn’t take the bait. That was the moment I lost all respect for Wallace, that was worse than anything by Candy Crawley.

  • luvourtroops

    Kelly, as well as Wallace are Liberals. They showed their true colors last night.

    • Richard Hood

      Chris Wallace is one of the most respected journalists in the business. To even think that because he wanted specific answers to his questions that he was not getting makes him of one political slant or another is not very accurate.

      • Juan Iguana

        huh?????

      • Papa Ooo Mao Mao

        Did you even watch the “debate”???

      • Common Sense

        The very fact that Wallace was swaying the questions to elicit a response he was looking for (and outright baiting not only Kasich first and the Rubio to go after Trump-they didn’t) revokes his journalist credentials.

        • Richard Hood

          No Trump set the bar when he was asked a question and even given more time to answer it and instead he went into he said she said about it. He was asked to prove his allegation that Mexico was sending its criminal class to the US because the Mexican Government did not want to pay for it. Instead of answering he started shouting about this and that.

  • Mark A. Rowland

    Fox clearly used Trump for the ratings, the began the not so arduous task trying to expose his lack of specifics to give an open path for Jeb Bush. In truth, Ted Cruz gave the best answers for any candidate that had just 6:40 to speak about his conservative principles. Despite his being ignored for nearly 40 minutes, he hammered the panel with quick, concise, leadership qualities only outdone by his calming and inspiring demeanor. I saw Reagan come out in his voice on several occasions when he spoke of God, defending our nation and standing for principles in spite of not because of the ‘Washington Cartel’ and campaign conservatives.

  • luvourtroops

    Yet nothing was asked about our Veterans, VA hospitals etc. It took at the very end somebody in the audience “suggesting” to Kelly that they should talk about our Vets.

    • Juan Iguana

      we can talk about our vets here and now, eh

      • Proudtexan51

        We need less talk, more ACTION.

  • paulytical

    Jeb should have had ZERO minutes. Another BUSH will NOT be president. He’s a waste of air.

  • Proudtexan51

    The high ratings were certainly not because of Kelly, though with her big ego she probably thinks so. She did a horrendous job, very unprofessional.

    • LampChairDeskMonitor

      The high ratings are apt to kill her career. How long before she goes running to O’Reilly complaining that viewers are sexist and aren’t treating her fair?

  • Norwegianbear

    Admittedly I didn’t get to listen to 100% of the “debate” but what I heard sounded like a bunch of gotcha statements by the “moderators”. No wonder Obama recommended the debate to his base. In my mind FOX was the looser and the republican party because they never learn. They should record their own debates and publish them on the internet. Maybe we could have exchanges of real ideas instead of a media circus.

    • Juan Iguana

      …record their own debates and post them on the internet……………and then…..and then what??? the whole world would see it????? like 24 bazillion viewers maybe??????? like last night maybe?????????

      and you’re Norwegian for crying out loud!

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    I see little written about the stark contrast between the “early” debate and the prime time version. The first one was based on asking questions, mostly about policy. The main event was clearly filled with attempts at “gotcha” moments and putting the candidates on the defensive. I can’t believe it was the difference between the two sets of moderators.

    • tetse

      you are correct . The early moderators were excellent. It appeared more like Kelley was going for a Tony Award than moderating a debate and with that many people a real debate was impossible. At the very least the candidates just should have been allowed to voice their policies

    • newsies2

      Exactly!

  • Papa Ooo Mao Mao

    FOX the tv National Enquirer…..”you called Rosie a bad name….didn’t you?” geezus….

    • Juan Iguana

      wish i could give you more than 1 thumbs up. that was a good one.

  • Megyn Kelly outsleezed Candy Crowley

  • Toxic Avenger 1

    To me the biggest jerks in the room were the Fox moderators.

    • Fly Navy

      Why, because they asked tough questions? This was an easy night compared to future liberal based debates. If whiney boy Tramp can’t handle the heat, he isn’t ready for primetime.

      • Toxic Avenger 1

        No. Because they acted like they were superior to everyone. Did you see the awkward beginning?

        • Fly Navy

          And you think future moderators will be better? For God’s sake, the moderators did fine, the questions were fine and the majority of candidates did fine. Trump made a huge mistake by stating his intention to run as an independent if he doesn’t get his way. The goal is to get a republican POTUS not some personal agenda. He is a narcisistic blow hard.

        • NCConservative40

          Hunger Games IV

      • newsies2

        There wouldn’t have been a problem if they asked “FAIR AND BALANCED” questions, but they were hostile, and hardly “Fair and Balanced” as Fox likes to think of themselves. Everyone expected more from FOX. You couldn’t tell the Difference between the Fox Moderators, and watching any Alphabet panel of moderators. I believe this is what People had a problem with.

        The moderators in the earlier debate, were exactly what People expected.

  • Billy__Goat

    Fox wants Trump out.. They personally attacked him wanting him to blow up. One question they allowed Dennis to make a rebuttal in hopes he would slam Trump and the home crowd go crazy. That didn’t work so they asked Rubio the same rebuttal. All Fox pundits said Trump blew it, killed his chances etc. Hoping to persuade the masses. Fox is a political machine as well. IMO they want Bush. Just remember this fact: In 1980 51 people owned different media outlets where Americans got their info. Today its down to just 5 people where 90 percent of Americans get their news.

  • gerald waldon

    Less of a debate and more of a ratings exercise for the Fox trio…especially quippy Kelly. Is she shooting for a spot on “the View”? It was obvious they steered the questions to their favorites or the ones they thought would build their ratings. Losing faith in Fox every day…more like MSNBC than I care to watch

  • paulytical

    The second debate (September 16) will be hosted by CNN. Do we think that CNN will be more “fair” than FOX?

    • Common Sense

      Well, before airing I thought Fox, unlike past Dem led debates, would at least not be hostile to the Republican President contenders…some more than others.

      Interestingly, Bush got a “D” last nigh. The Fox headline: Bush Confident that he will be the R nominee.

  • Gary Johns

    The night Megyn Kelly became Megyn Crowley….

    • snaketrapper

      and not just personality-wise

  • Billy__Goat

    Fox wants Bush to win!

  • Billy__Goat

    Will anyone watch the Democrat debate?

    • paulytical

      Only those who will actually consider a democrat. I don’t know why, they gave us the best they have for the last 7 years and it stinks.

    • Juan Iguana

      you mean the one where Billary sits up there by herself on the stage?

      No.

  • Clark Simpson

    Megyn Kelly was trying to Bill O’Reilly and Marily Monroe last night. She was really over-done with make up and over aggressive with the candidates with her questions. It wasn’t about her but about them.

  • Billy__Goat

    Fox’s pundits will continue to tear Trump down. They all cash the same check from Murdoch. Just like you must rip Obama if you want to be employed. They will all pile on hoping to eliminate him!

  • LogicHead

    This was a Q&A more than a debate. May I suggest that they schedule only three canidates per debate. Run the debates Mon-Fri, then Scramble the match ups and repeat the process once a month for 6 months. We would really get to hear each candidate make their case in full and over time much is exposed that isn’t in the short term. We are in the worst situation this nation or the world has seen since total war of WWII. In some respects it’s worse as the consequences may be nuclear holocaust if we don’t get this right.

    • Common Sense

      Well, while Conservatives like us are horrified at the state of where this (at warp speed) administration’s assault on the Constution and our Democratic Republic, the Progs are perfectly happy with the progress and want Hellery to complete the destruction. And Progs are everywhere…party not withstanding.

  • Billy__Goat

    3 man debate every Thursday. America votes on a winner like American Idol. Next week they debate a previous winner.

    • snaketrapper

      Only if it can be demonstrated that politics is not a puppet show to fool & fleece sheeple.

      • Billy__Goat

        Something tells me youre a Rand Paul guy.

        • snaketrapper

          No. Hans Hoppe:)

        • Juan Iguana

          no, he’s snaketrapper the ringworm fapper.

  • Billy__Goat

    I don’t trust the media.

    • Juan Iguana

      well good morning!!

  • Billy__Goat

    I bet Megyn Kelly smells like fish!

    • Fly Navy

      You are an ass

  • Texx

    I want to know why Kelly had what appeared to be a snide comment at the end about ‘talking to God’. She has painted herself in a very, very bad light….she did not need Trump to do that. This JV-team should have done the early debate, and the Moderators from the early debate should have done the prime-time….Ailes got it backward.

    • newsies2

      The earlier moderators were professional and classy. You couldn’t tell where their politics stood.

  • Bytch & Bill 2016 Mystery Meat

    Kasich pledged, should he win, to use his government guns and police to tax and spend his way into heaven.

  • Bytch & Bill 2016 Mystery Meat

    The FoxNews performance was on par with the ObamaCare web site launch.

    • paysalotforgas

      At least the website knew it was experiencing technical difficulties. 😉

  • John Gotham

    Fox “panelists” blowhards should have had buzzers forcing them to shut up and ask questions not drone on. They took over 30% of available air time. I’m tired of news readers increasingly making themselves the story. Post debate was Fox congratulating Fox. How I miss Tim Russert.

    • newsies2

      You’re right on the moderators. I was wondering when they were going to let the Candidates get a word in edgewise. You talk about puffed up egos, and being full of self-importance, they had the candidates beat by a country mile, especially Megyn Kelly, who didn’t even pretend to be neutral. Where it concerned Donald Trump. She was vicious.

    • Juan Iguana

      why don’t you and Tim go get a room

      • John Gotham

        How insightful

        • Juan Iguana

          oh, you want insightful?

          then I miss Tim too. (??????)

  • Billy__Goat

    I would love to see Trump boycott the next debate. Tank the ratings!

    • Fly Navy

      I’d love to see Trump boycott the race and let the adults play.

      • Billy__Goat

        You prob suck all the Bush’s off at once if you could.

        • Fly Navy

          Ah an idiot. When you put down your Obama phone and crack pipe why don’t you have someone read a newspaper to you so you can educate yourself. Trump will benefit no one but the Dems. You are being charmed by a salesman. And Bush sucks….

          • Billy__Goat

            That Obama phone line is played out. I’m not a democrat. It’s old timers like you that keep voting McCain, Bush and all the other Rhino’s in every year.

          • Fly Navy

            You are such a moron. Its intelligent people like me that will vote for the republican nominee not an independent. We hope it is Cruz, Fiorina, Rubio not a used car salesman. You are the reason our party loses.

    • Common Sense

      I would agree 100% if Fox was hosting, except that CNN will be the hosts.

      • LionMcConnell

        Will they use Alison Camerota to lob the Trump missiles?

  • Juan Iguana

    We want Moderatorless!!!!

    • LionMcConnell

      Hand a list of numbered questions to the candidates and let ‘er fly. That could get pretty interesting.

      • Juan Iguana

        yea, like “will you sing Let’s Stay together by Al Green?”

        or “who’s your pick for the Brackets?”

  • Bytch & Bill 2016 Mystery Meat

    13 debaters was just too much last night.

  • Mike Hambuchen

    Pitiful performance by the “moderators”

  • PaoloRM

    Kelly is a Hillary fan and will do all she can to undermine who ever is the strongest Republican candidate.

    • Rust

      Kelly is a feminist.

  • konc2

    MS Kelly has become full of herself and comes across as she is the star of the show with the presidential contenders as bit players to her “Reality TV Show”.

  • jk

    Kelly= the Al Sharpton of Fox

    • Juan Iguana

      ouch

  • ocean

    Wake Up John Kasich.

    Homosexuality is a Life Style of deviant sexual
    behavior that is a menace to society.
    Democrats want to brainwash and force the public
    into thinking this Life Style is normal.
    The sexual perversion of this Life Style will
    never be normal.

  • the truth

    Hey Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and especially Megyn Kelly, from a loyal Fox News viewer “F%# U All”

  • L0525111

    Megan is always been my favorite for years have watched every day. The question’s especially the trump woman one. Low blow. So she got it right back. Inside as a woman. I thought oh no I would be peeing my pants. The bk ? ridicoulous even charlie gasperino on fox business said that should have not been in their.

  • Larry46

    The record crowd tuned in to hear more of the candidates not the moderators. It was like a ball game where the umpires think that the fans tuned in to see them or see the referee at a championship fight. The best arbiters are the ones you hardly notice are there.

    • NCConservative40

      Humility goes a long way. They could learn a lesson from Ben Carson.

      • Juan Iguana

        Will Obamacare let me keep Ben Carson as my Doctor? Even if he’s Prez?

        • NCConservative40

          President Ben Carson will nix Obamacare, and establish healthcare reform that actually works and doesn’t force small businesses into bankruptcy and kill the middle class.

          • Juan Iguana

            I think Ben knows how to serve.

          • NCConservative40

            Definitely.

  • Mogumbo Gono

    .

    Yo, Libs:

    Get ready for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.

    Word up, peeps. The Donald is the Anti-Obama.

    .

    • NCConservative40

      Trump’s personality is much like Obama:

      Glibness/superficial charm
      Grandiose sense of self-worth
      Pathological lying
      Cunning/manipulative
      Lack of remorse or guilt
      Emotionally shallow
      Callous/lack of empathy
      Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

      • Juan Iguana

        Makes for a good Czar.

        • NCConservative40

          Very true.

      • Rust

        Except for one thing:

        Trump doesn’t hate America or capitalism. It’s an important distinction.

        • NCConservative40

          That’s a good point. But I’ve been around long enough to have observed Trump in the 80’s and 90’s, all the way up to today. He may love America, but he loves himself more.

          • Rust

            I cannot disagree with you on this. At this point, though, we need a business man, someone who knows how to run a successful business …and not a politician. We need common sense.

            Ben Carson and Scott Walker shine above the rest when it comes to stable temperament and common sense but they are not political animals. I believe them both to most personify what the founders intended a leader of the people to be. However, the people seem to want a politician or a coronation …or both.

          • NCConservative40

            It seems as if a lot of folks are in reactionary mode, and are on the Trump bandwagon because as Carly Fiorina so articulately pointed out, he has “tapped into an anger with the political class and politics as usual.” They are either unable or unwilling to separate the man from his words. True, he isn’t a politician. Yes, he has been a successful businessman. But does he have integrity? Is he trustworthy? What about his character?

          • Rust

            How far we’ve fallen.

            Integrity: I think no.
            Trustworthy: I think not.
            Character? He is no Churchill, no Reagan. No Ben Carson.

            Would anyone be giving him a second look if the political landscape were different?

          • NCConservative40

            Touché my friend. Touché.

  • wxman

    The f**king Bush channel. I hate these people as much as MSNBC and CNN.

  • Platypus Addicus

    Savage: Fox News is CNN 5 years ago, CNN is MSNBC 5 years ago, and MSNBC is CPUSA.

    • Haaywood Jablomie

      and what 99% (or more) of what “Americans” can’t grasp is that it’s to ENTERTAIN and sell advertising. Fox and MSNBC have nothing to do with news, CNN maybe 5-10%.

      • Juan Iguana

        wow. copy/paste commentary. ingenious.

  • gessiewtf

    They started out the debate like it was a variety show and it was their first go-round on television. Meghan Kelly talking yap yap yap. Did she really think people tuned in to hear her freaking thoughts? She was supposed to moderate a debate not shape it in a certain direction and attack people. I have never seen anything like it in my life. When you are getting praise from Huffpo all day long, you have lost your credibility. I seriously don’t know if I will watch Fox news again. It appears they want to shape the out come of this race, not host a debate. Disgraceful.

  • Joey888

    Megyn Kelly acted so “school girlish” on an important presidential debate. She giggled, smirked at Trump, and ran her mouth like she was the most important person on the panel. She sucked and she’s off my list to never watch her again. I think FOX is turning on Trump on purpose to be sure Jeb gets in. FOX… your ratings will go down with your amateurish Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret.

  • Larry46

    I’m not on the Trump bandwagon but it was obvious that the moderators were trying to attack vs. question Mr. Trump. The bankruptcy exchange with Chris Wallace was telling. The implication was that Trump did something bad, devious, illegal or all of the above. Trump followed the laws written and enacted by the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington. The fact that some investors lost money and jobs disappeared when the venture failed should not be ground breaking news. If Trump didn’t follow the law that would be noteworthy but to imply that something shady was afoot when there wasn’t is nothing more than a deliberate attempt to smear. Wallace knows better but obviously didn’t care.

    • Juan Iguana

      well, what’s good about having to file for bankruptcy? and then doing it again? and again?

      do tell.

      • Haaywood Jablomie

        Obviously you’ve never been in business in a failing country.

        • Juan Iguana

          really?

        • Juan Iguana

          Obviously?

        • Juan Iguana

          Never?

        • Juan Iguana

          BOO!

    • newsies2

      You’re right. In fact, there are many kinds of bankruptcies.

    • NCConservative40

      I have to disagree with you there. A lot of folks have been talking about how he uses bankruptcy as a business model. The relevance is the fact that he is running for POTUS, and the US is already bankrupt. If he is running as a business man on his business record, these things are important to bring up. In addition, Obama and the rest of the progressives have no problem with our deficit, and call it “good debt.” Trump talks about our $18 trillion deficit being out of control, but what keeps him from changing his tune if he wins, and deciding it’s a “great business model” too?

  • Richard Genco

    If u can, get direct TV so u can watch real Republicans talk

    • newsies2

      Are you Talking about Newsmax tv. Well I am thinking about watching that from now on.

      • NCConservative40

        Newsmax is very good I think.

    • Juan Iguana

      i don’t want real.

      real hurts.

      real bites.

      give me Megyn Kelly on the big ol’ silver screen and hit “mute”.

    • paysalotforgas

      Is that the same as BLAZE? All I see there is Beck, Blenders, and Vacuum’s…can only stand about 2 min of either.

  • Beyond_Fedup

    these are the type of questions Candy Crowley would have asked these guys. we got a chance to see how they would react to the type of questions other Networks will most differently be throwing at them.

  • Mo Ham

    Kelly was over the top. I used to like her.

    • Juan Iguana

      i used to love her…..but she’s all over now

    • Haaywood Jablomie

      She was cute 10 years ago.

  • Iben_Hadd

    Two things: First FOX moderators (inquisitors) suffer from inferiority complex because “they don’t get no respect” and were out to prove they weren’t in the tank. . (no mainstream respect)
    Second: Megyn (junkyard dog) Kelly who I like a lot wanted to prove that her rep is deserved. She had been signaling that she would live up to her reputation on debate night.
    What disappointed me was her reaction post-debated when it appeared that she ran home to Daddy (Britt & Chris) to cry.

  • BenJones1

    Kelly and Baier must love to listen to themselves talk and talk. Kelly is full of herself. Time for a replacement.

    • Iben_Hadd

      Seems a lot of folks here want MSNBC right.

      • LionMcConnell

        Criticism of Fox News does not translate into “we want MSNBC”.
        It is a demand for journalistic integrity on all media front.

  • Common Sense

    Apparently this week the Fox anchors have been given their marching orders from their Prog owner. Last night it was the unfair and unbalanced prime time moderators, sounding like Dems, and now while on Drudge I was also listening to TV (I tune in to MSM as well as Fox) I thought I was tuned to MSNBC…nope, it was Cavuto! Has Fox officially gone to the dark side?

    • paysalotforgas

      Cavuto has been a shill for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Rhinos for quite awhile now.