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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season CIA director says there will be consequences if Russia is behind 'Havana Syndrome' attacks Biden, Harris volunteer at DC nonprofit before Thanksgiving MORE (D-Calif.) spoke for the longest amount of time at the second of the two inaugural 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates on Thursday, capped by a heated exchange between the two over Biden's record on racial issues.
Biden, situated at center stage as the race's front-runner, spoke for 12 minutes and 53 seconds over the course of 18 answers to questions or follow-ups.
Harris spoke fewer times, but when she did, she made the most of her hold on the mic. Harris spoke for a total of 11 minutes and 37 seconds, including three answers that spanned more than a minute and a half each, the three longest stretches that moderators allowed for any candidate over the course of both Wednesday and Thursday's debates.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions BBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children Biden expected to nominate Shalanda Young for budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Buttigieg has high name recognition, favorability rating in Biden Cabinet: survey Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to Senate for Biden spending plan MORE (D) each spoke for more than ten minutes.
Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAt 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden Adams wins New York City mayor's race Bill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' MORE, who has tapped into a reservoir of support with his predilection for PowerPoint presentations, seemed lost under the high-powered lights. He spoke for just two minutes and 50 seconds, less than any other contender on stage for either of the two nights of debates.
Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellOmar calls out Boebert over 'anti-Muslim' remarks, denies Capitol incident took place McCarthy pledges to restore Greene, Gosar to committees if GOP wins House Boebert faces heavy criticism after Gosar floor speech MORE (D-Calif.) and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson: Steven Donziger sentencing is meant to have a 'chilling effect' on environmentalists Marianne Williamson calls federal judge's handling of Steven Donziger case 'unconstitutional' Marianne Williamson calls on Biden to drop efforts to extradite Assange MORE each spoke for less than five minutes.
On Wednesday, only one candidate — Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Armadillo army takes over North Carolina town Washington redistricting commission fails, punts maps to Supreme Court Atmospheric river unleashes flooding in Washington state MORE (D) — got fewer than five minutes of face time.
Sanders, situated to Biden's right as the second highest polling candidate on stage, got to answer as many questions as Biden. But many of the questions directed to the Vermont senator were follow-ups, and he talked for a shorter amount of time on average when moderators threw questions his way.
Sanders spoke for an average of 38 seconds each time he faced a question, shorter than every candidate except Swalwell. Harris had the longest average talk time, at a minute and 13 seconds each — capped by one follow-up question, for which she was allotted 30 seconds, in which she spoke for a minute and 45 seconds.
That follow-up was in the midst of a blistering critique Harris leveled against Biden for his past opposition to federal mandates for school busing. Harris attacked Biden's record by telling the story of her own experience of taking the bus to a mostly white school in her hometown, an attack her campaign quickly elevated with a school-aged photo of the California senator. The moment was one of the most widely discussed online during the debate.
Thursday's debate, a livelier affair than Wednesday's relatively mundane exchange of ideas, gave far more time to the front-running candidates than the first debate. Biden spoke more than four times longer than did Yang; by contrast, the most verbose talker on Wednesdays's stage, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Booker headlining Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.J.), spoke for a little more than twice as long as Inslee did.