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.

  • All you need to know is the Liberal MSM is gushing in praise of FoxNews today….

    • Juan Iguana

      what he said

    • Iben_Hadd

      Roger is in the numbers business. The fact that he has tapped conservatism as his medium does NOT hurt conservatism. Millions of people won’t ever tune to FOX because because of what their”friends have told them about FOX. If this program gets a few million watchers to watch FOX it won’t hurt Conservatism.

      • NCConservative40

        Agreed. It was the superbowl of politics. That’s all that really matters.

  • ChiefManIHaddit

    Roger Ailes wanted a drama, so he had Kelly ask those “loaded” questions. FOX got what it hoped, high ratings, Donald has passed that “test.” Any more questions like that in future debates will signal the moderator(s) are desperate and despicable, and have no agenda in asking important questions.

  • jrcowboy49

    The focus of the program should be on the candidates and not the moderators. The moderators were full of themselves and were attempting to destroying Trump. They were successful in the former but not the later. Wallace is an ass and I thought Kelly was a self centered idiot! Bret was good. The gotcha questions especially on Trump were low class!

    • Juan Iguana

      welcome to the corral, Roy – keep preachin’ it!

      (sing, choir, sing)

  • toondog

    Fox news pumped John McCain and Romney over the more conservative candidates and see where that got us.

  • MudFlapShoes

    Foxes, can jump fences in a single bound.

    literally.

  • TalkingDust

    If you go to the Daily Caller you can watch the actual exchange for yourself. Megyn Kelly is either lying deliberately or didn’t watch the exchange. Trump’s discussion is with the man between the two women, and the response he gave, about it being funny to see [him, not her] on his knees was solely directed to the man.

    Trump’s comment in question was directed towards the man in the exchange, not Latoya Jackson or Brande Roderick. Who’s the guy? I don’t know but he’s the one who brought up the subject about what he was doing and Trump responded that “it must’ve been funny to see him on his knees,” and the blonde moves her mouth in an expression of agreement!

    Trump didn’t direct this statement towards either woman, but to the man.

    Megyn Kelly is either a liar or didn’t watch the exchange closely (if at all)

    • LionMcConnell

      Interesting, especially since she made that charge out of the blue.
      That was a long time ago. and since the woman in question doesn’t remember the exchange at all, that means someone else had to search high and low for that piece of meat, skew completely out of context, and lob it at a candidate.
      For what reason was that done?.

      • Juan Iguana

        because it’s good journalism

        ?

        • TalkingDust

          If one considers tabloids “journalism.”

          • Juan Iguana

            exactly

        • LionMcConnell

          Good journalism consists of fact checking, substantiated claims and unbiased questions, none of which happened in this instance.

          • TalkingDust

            Additionally, the line of questions should be policy-based, not personal questions or what-if scenarios. Situational dynamics in the moment make it impossible to state how someone would handle a given situation.

            Moreover, every candidate should be asked for an answer on the same questions. That’s the way the voter can understand said candidate’s take on any particular policy issue.

          • LionMcConnell

            Agree 100%

          • Juan Iguana

            Agreed, but isn’t asking “what policies would you enact if Mr. Putin, Iran and ISIS all held hands and took a stroll through Laredo, San Diego and Lake of the Woods, Minnesota intent on ill will?” a what-if scenario?

  • Sam Valley

    If Trump calls a woman a pig it’s probably because she’s a pig. Or is he only supposed to be harsh with the men?

    • Haaywood Jablomie

      In the case of O’Donald, he was being generous.

      • Sam Valley

        lol

  • Mr. Wonderful

    Rand Paul got 5 minutes and most of those he was talked over by the fat one.

  • capn-gary

    Megan Kelly spoke for 31 minutes. Just another Candy Crowly. Whatever happened to ‘fair and balanced’, Fox News?

    • Iben_Hadd

      The three spoke for 31 min. Be fair and balanced.

  • azgal602

    I really felt short changed! I don’t give a rats what the pundits have to say, I wanted to know what the candidates had to say. Chris Wallace was a total ass, Bret Beir, which I like was in poor form, snickering at answers, and then we get to the queen Megyn. She was awful. She was awful all week leading up to the debate. She seemed to take such delight in baiting the candidates. The first debate was actually better. Bill and Martha showed respect to everyone and their questions were spot on, didn’t pit one against the other. GO CARLY FIORINA.

    • Carol Hadenough

      You hit the nail on the head, azgal602! Good observations, and I totally agree with everything you said.

  • neverfooled

    This was not a debate, it was an attempted lynching certainly outing FOX as in cahoots with the rest of the mainstream bought and paid for liar media.

  • John Snow

    I think Fox has been given marching orders to bring down Trump and megan was being a good soldier by trying to hurt Trump to help elect Bush by getting Trump out of the way

    • Carol Hadenough

      That’s sure what it looked like last night! They’ll be sorry, though.

    • Iben_Hadd

      If I knew what Trumph’s views were on anything other than the invasion I might be inclined to support him but I really doubt it.
      Bush is doing a fine job eliminating himself with or without FOX.

      • paysalotforgas

        “invasion”=single party rule so yeah it needs to be front and center whenever you get the chance to talk to the masses, but I do get your point. Trump and the other 3 or 4 good candidates have plenty of time to refine their message.

      • Juan Iguana

        You don’t any of Trump’s viewpoints?

      • TalkingDust

        Buy a copy of Time to Get Tough and read it. Donald’s been thinking about these issues for many years.

        • Iben_Hadd

          IF! Donald can think he learned it recently.

          • TalkingDust

            TTGT was written five years ago! Long before Rand even ran for the Senate. He’s thought longer than that about these issues he speaks about in his stump speeches, which Fox followed in its line of questions to the others last night.

            If you watched closely few of the candidates were willing to disagree with Donald on most of the policy queries (what few there were). They echoed his own talking points! They know he’s telling the truth about immigration, health insurance, etc.

            Buy the book and read it.

  • Thoughtcriminal

    I’m beginning to suspect that the entire “trump phenomenon” is actually the result of a very shrewd marketing campaign. Knowing that people are so tired of the establishment’s usual games, toss someone out there and make it look like everyone hates him. The left really will, and if they make it look like the right does too, everyone flocks to the new “independent”.

    • Juan Iguana

      ya think?

    • Bari

      I’m happy that his involvement in the months leading up to last night’s debate got the “17” to talk about what’s making us so angry – but that’s about it. With his liberal history/elbow rubbing, I was wondering if he might not actually be a “Hillary-camp plant”.

  • Bari

    I want to hear more from Ben Carson. THAT man has a lot of quality to him.

    • Juan Iguana

      which is precisely why you may not get to hear a lot from him

      • Bari

        I’m afraid your opinion is accurate! I hope we’re wrong on this in the months to come.

        • Juan Iguana

          well, just because we’re right on this, doesn’t mean the “right” will prevail…..sadly

    • LionMcConnell

      He is the real deal.

    • Maroon Baboon

      The “race” answer was simply the best.

    • TalkingDust

      I like him too but too soft for CiC.

      • Rust

        I wouldn’t bet on soft. It takes nerves of steel and enormous confidence to be a pediatric neurosurgeon. A successful pediatric neurosurgeon.

        I don’t know that one rises to the head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins by being soft, either.

  • gildersleeve

    CNN and all the liberal press are ecstatic about how well the 3 moderators did in destroying the Republican candidates. Their assault on Trump and the Republicans was something to watch. It was much like a dog eating its tail. Kelly and the other moderators have reached yet another new low.

  • MH27610

    There’s Trump… and there’s everyone else – republicans, democrats, and even moderators. I don’t care what party he runs in – the BS has to stop, and if he’s serious, he’s this country’s best shot at survival. IF he’s serious.

    • Juan Iguana

      if you believe the “party” will simply welcome him aboard, I respectfully suggest you may be sadly mistaken. And if/when they don’t, he won’t have that chance. imho.

      • MH27610

        Then he can run third party and sink the GOP. I don’t care. Personally, I think a lot more people support his views than the polls show. Details about what he plans to do will be interesting. It’s still early and it’s only the first debate. Carly will also be in the next one. She has some good ideas as well.

        • Juan Iguana

          i’m guessing they have good ideas. isn’t that how they got there?

      • TalkingDust

        You’ve hit a point: The professional political class do not like or want outsiders trying to muscle in on “their” turf. They have a good one-party-disguised-as-two thing going and if they can avoid it they’re not letting anyone else stop their fiddling while Rome burns.

  • Sacred Night

    People packed the arena and tuned into this slug fest for one reason only. Donald Trump. They were not disappointed.

  • Codetrader

    Katie Kelly must have gone to the same journalism school as Megan Couric????? They seem like they came out of the same mold or even could be closely related to each other; sisters?

  • jetch

    trump got the most speaking time because the moderators kept trying to get him to say something bad or get tripped up. it was very clear the moderators were biased against trump which took away from people like ben carson.

    fox news had the big stage and they used it to try and prove to the left that they’re not biased. they failed because the left will never accept fox news and now they’ve further alienated the right.

  • gildersleeve

    Something I read on one of the threads was ” Trump should send a bill to FOX”. With record views of the FOX debate it seems reasonable. However, FOX and especially Megyn wants to destroy Trump.

  • Eelo Fudpucker

    Megyn Kelly is going to see her rating fall because of her and fellow panel members obvious plan to stick it to Trump.
    I noticed none of them asked any other candidate about their personal finances or what the other panel members might have said in the past.

  • pea2

    I won’t watch future campaign television where Ms Kelly is involved. Without her loaded question, it was a fair and objective set of questions.

    • percy

      She is a Candy Crowley want-a-be!

      • Iben_Hadd

        Candy who?

        • Juan Iguana

          dude…..Crowley. Candy CROWLEY

          • Iben_Hadd

            CANDY WHO????

          • Juan Iguana

            maybe i been had

          • percy

            Please read my post above.

  • crabcon

    I lost all respect for Fox while watching the Republican debat…dont see my opinion changing,
    Those weren’t questions they were attacks…

  • paysalotforgas

    Rick Perry, glasses don’t make you look smarter (same to you wallace) and looking angry made you look creepy. But hey stay with it I could be wrong.

  • Maroon Baboon

    Note to moderators: The best part of the debate was the Rand-Christie exchange when the camera wasn’t on you.

  • MS_Steve

    Come on commentators: STFU
    we didn’t tune in to listen to you Aholes ramble on

  • David

    the moderators spoke so much because of the 1:00 format per person, and so many participants.
    if you less contestants, and longer response times, then moderator time would go down.

  • Faded Hope

    Trump / Cruz 2016

    • David

      troll.
      what a terrible combo.

      • Faded Hope

        Terrible my ass – they would bring unity to a fractured party. Cold chance in Hell Libertarians like myself will ever vote for a Rubio, Bush, Carly whatever candidate if Trump and Cruz are pushed out. I don’t think Paul will make it, Christie’s sole purpose in this election is to discredit and attack him, sadly.

    • paysalotforgas

      Losing Cruz to a VP position??? Keep Cruz in the senate if he can’t be POTUS.

  • neverfooled

    The unprofessional conduct of Kelly and Wallace gave Fox a self-inflicted black eye that folks will remember for quite some time. A real debate is asking the same questions of all the contenders, not the Jerry Springer BS those hit-men subjected America to. No one cares about the he said, she said. We wanted real questions on who’s going to stop the destruction of our country, but we got very few.

    Trump was Trump and he made the moderators look foolish, kudos. Bush wanted to focus on the economic opportunity illegals provide, double-speak for the rich get richer and the rest of us get poorer. Christie showed why he is at the bottom of the barrel with his we gotta suspect everyone so we gotta spy on everyone chasing Emmanuel Goldstein nonsense, not to mention his blathering about needing to steal Grandma’s social security check since they’ve been stealing her money all along comment – stick a fork in him, take note washington. Thanks Rand for standing up for the people.

    Trump +10
    Paul +9
    Carson +8

    Fox -50

  • Edward Smith

    I had said before hand that Meagan was really looking for praise from the girls on The View

    • Juan Iguana

      i think i heard you before hand

  • JBar595

    Kelly. Wallace and Baird were simply trying to do what the establishment Republicans and the RNC couldn’t do, try and destroy Trump, they failed. We now have to see if Fox ratings drop because of their bias.

  • bobbyk

    GO TRUMP! First bring down the the Republican Party and then the whole system. He doesn’t even know he is starting a revolution.

  • Learned two things: 1) Trump is a meglomaniac; he has DICTATOR written all over him. 2) That was not a debate, it was Fox news criticizing the candidates: fail!

    • Juan Iguana

      you just learned this NOW??

      Oh, you’re from California.

      Never mind.

    • TalkingDust

      Your governor and state legislators are far better examples of dictators.

  • C.D. Austin Tx.

    Kelly is a huge joke as serious journalist.. She is TV personality at best…. with the insight of a high school cheerleader.. IMHO 2 men stood out last night Ben Carson & Rand Paul.. Carson has them all beat as far as integrity … Rand Paul made the only real points as far as Presidential leadership is concerned … Cut the CIA off from funding ISIS… And containing the American Police State from continuing to erode and disregard the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Reeves Montague

    Meygan Kelly for the Pulitzer Prize for her outstanding work last night?

    • Juan Iguana

      agreed. hey, they gave one to whatzhizname

  • Iben_Hadd

    Is this the first time you folks have seen Megyn do an ambush or just the first time you saw her do it to your guy?
    If this had been eight years ago and she were at Trumph’s throat asking what he got for the money he gave Hill & OB you would have been cheering, be honest.

    • Rust

      The token liberals on her show rarely, if ever, get ambushed. Just by watching those exchanges alone you would have known her true leanings.

      • Iben_Hadd

        I watch Megyn on eastern daylight saving time. What zone are you in Scotty?

  • percy

    This is a modern “Picture of Dorian Gray” story. If one looks in Megyn Kelly’s attic I bet we would find a picture that is starting to look like Candy Crowley. Kelly is keeping her old looks by having a strange metamorphosis transfer of what she is onto a painting. Destroy the painting and she will instantly look like Crowley, she already acts like the stout Candy. She borked Mr. Trump!

    • TalkingDust

      She tried but failed at “borking” Trump.

  • Reeves Montague

    The moderators had sleaze written all over them, particularly that Mammas Boy Wallace.
    Their boss, Ailes, wanted them to destroy Trump because Ailes is a Jew and he’ll take Bush or Clinton any day.
    Mission not accomplished.

  • TalkingDust

    Many here commenting could’ve asked more policy-oriented, substantive questions of these candidates.

    All of them should’ve been asked the same questions. The questions asked should’ve been shorter, and the time to respond longer.

  • expatwannabe

    The “conservative sheet” is slipping off of Megyn Kelly to reveal the true liberal that lies beneath.

    • Juan Iguana

      Cool!!

    • Rust

      The tells have been there since the beginning of her show — and before.

    • Iben_Hadd

      She has said she is conservative?
      A slipping sheet for her doesn’t send too bad of an image for me however.

  • Juan Iguana

    I’ll say it again. WE WANT UNMODERATORED!!

  • ladyluck

    These moderators need to get more concise with their questions….who wants to listen to them. It’s about the people running for president of the USA

    • Iben_Hadd

      They have to be herded otherwise you get only canned tripe.

  • Beedogz

    Megyn’s ego and snark ruined the time constraints and fairness of equal opportunity for all candidates.

  • Reeves Montague

    Would Ronald Raven have been pleased with this format?
    I don’t think so.

  • Reeves Montague

    10 Presidential candidates being grilled and set up for a fall by a Bimbo?

    • Iben_Hadd

      If a “Bimbo” can take ten giants down she is my kind of “Bimbo”!
      No one was taken down! But some may have seen the exit sign.

  • TalkingDust

    These men should’ve been seated at a table in the round with one moderator asking nothing but policy-related questions of all. Everyone gets the same question and is permitted to speak freely for 2 minutes at a time. Moderator’s questions are kept as short as possible and divided between domestic and foreign policy issues with sub-topics in each category (though some overlap between two major divisions exists in several instances).

    That would’ve been a “debate.” What we saw last night was the equivalent of a Sea World performance of seals showing how they can balance beach balls on their noses for fish. Utterly shameful, disrespectful, and didn’t serve the public trust.

    • Juan Iguana

      well, since when does the public matter?

      • TalkingDust

        Ratings and advertising dollars appears to be the only times when the public matters.

    • Reeves Montague

      Spot on.
      I was disgusted at that opening attack on Trump.

      • Juan Iguana

        but if anyone can take it he can. he proved that.

      • nevermyname

        But felt redemption when he raised his hand; an iconic moment – he stood up to the Establishment.

  • Joey B.

    We LEARNED nothing about TRUMP’s policies because he doesn’t share details. Despite his hundreds if not thousands of hours on TV lately, we still know nothing. And that is the moderators fault? Get a clue.
    I do think they spoke too much, but they also did a great job. The only people complaining about them are TRUMP SUPPORTERS WHO APPARENTLY ARE AS IMMATURE AND THIN SKINNED AS TRUMP.
    I was LMAO at the ROSIE comment, but the way he responded to Kelly was ridiculous. He is TOAST. Most women don’t like him, and smart men like me know that even though we need a TOUGH Talking tough acting president in the white house, we can’t have one that gets bent out of shape over a simple question by a female moderator. Try to imagine Romney, Reagan, any Bush answering that way. YOU CAN”T!
    I have TRUMP’s books and like the guy, but not for President. Support him and he will take you lemmings right off the cliff, into HILLARY’s HANDS.

    • Beedogz

      I personally don’t want Trump as the end candidate. BUT, if he is “toast” why is he polling higher today than before the debate? You still don’t get it, and you never will.

    • nevermyname

      All Trump needs to be is willing to take the Cobra by the neck and break it; anything else is p*ssy politics as usual.

    • Juan Iguana

      “smart men like me”…..

      Lemmings? Why I oughta.

      wow

      i’m trying to imagine you “smart”

    • TalkingDust

      Want details? Buy Time to Get Tough. He’s outlined everything more than five years ago.

  • Beedogz

    The early debate moderators were excellent.

    The “prime time moderator crew” need to move down to JV. Poor time management, not reining in candidates speaking out of turn, snarky attitudes, “gotcha” BS more suited to MSNBC.
    Liberals and democrats were ecstatic with the debate gotcha manipulation.

    • nevermyname

      Are you referring to Paul and Christie? Best exchange yet, two candidates in a match of truth; something this country is craving.

  • ojfl

    People are reading too much into this. 32 minutes is about 3 minutes and 12 seconds per exchange with the candidate. And each candidate had at least 6 questions. so that is about 36 seconds per question. Is that really much? Do the math people.

    • Juan Iguana

      you do the math opie dopie – 32 minutes is 32 minutes a few candidates could’ve explained to the world HOW they plan to return America to the great, respected nation it once was.

      • ojfl

        So they should be speaking with no questions? No one should be asking them anything? Just let them speak?

        • Juan Iguana

          Exactly. Let’s try that for once. MAYBE they could text the questions just like you did, and get this…..show them on a big screen where no one even has to utter the questions! Could even do all the questions beforehand on 20 different big-screens! Step it up youngin’ – this is a brave new world.

          • ojfl

            Then we must change the way we do these things. We cannot have 17 people in a free for all and hope everyone will come out informed in the end.

          • Juan Iguana

            agreed 100%. unless they are from some other party.

  • GTJohn

    I have lost all respect for FNC. The moderators, especially Megan Kelly, thought it was all about them.
    There are 5 subjects that are of interest to the American People -The Economy, Terrorism, Immigration, Abortion and The Bill of Rights. Ask each candidate to speak for 2 minutes on each subject and put in their words what they would do and how and shut the moderators up. You might even add in how they would handle the corruptness, dishonesty and lawlessness of the current and previous administrations.
    That 2 hour session ended my watching FNC – I used to watch Brett and Bill daily and even Greta and Kelly once and a while. No more. They proved last night that they are no more honest and unbiased than the MSM on the other channels. Sure hope Drudge continues along with a few other sites and radio talk show hosts – sorry Sean, you are not one of them either.
    Rush warned of this in the days preceeding the debate and even called out Kelly as the one who had been chosen to do it. Guess he was right. Megan, you might be attractive, smart and on TV but you are no better than a Hillary or Elizabeth Warren – just as much of an agenda. If you were told to do what you did, then you have no ethics. If you were not told to do what you did, you have no conscious.

    • nevermyname

      The debate ended with Megan Kelly remaining on television for an hour. There were three hosts scheduled to follow-up the debate. But Kelly of course knowing first hand the reaction on the blogosphere at that moment continued to dig her high heels in further by inviting that DNC Chair, Shultz who promptly stroked Kelly’s ego. Did you hear the boos? Some people think they were Facebook Execs; the “F” on the lower screen of the television was prominent for at least 1 and1/2 hour. Maybe this tells us everything we need to know about what corporation was running the show in conjunction with Murdoch.