Biden dominates battle for speaking time, ahead of Harris

Biden dominates battle for speaking time, ahead of Harris
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE spoke for more than 20 minutes of the 2 1/2-hour Democratic presidential primary debate on Wednesday as he parried attacks from virtually every other candidate on stage.

Biden, who struggled under the pressure of unexpected attacks during last month's debate, responded to the moderators or to his fellow candidates more than 30 times, far more than any other candidate on stage.

In just the first few minutes of the debate, he and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice Harris: Country must confront racial injustice after Chauvin verdict Minneapolis mayor on Floyd: 'Ultimately his life will have bettered our city' MORE (D-Calif.) clashed repeatedly over their respective health care plans.


Harris spoke for more than 15 minutes on Wednesday, second only to Biden. She, too, faced attacks from rivals including Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution Democrats get good news from IRS Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision MORE (D-Colo.) — and Harris had more than 20 chances to respond to questions or attacks.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerChauvin found guilty as nation exhales Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Schumer on 4/20: Bill coming to end federal marijuana prohibition MORE (D-N.J.), who spoke for more time than any other candidate during the first debate, ended his second time on the debate stage speaking for just about 13 minutes.

Five other candidates — Gabbard, Bennet, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left MORE (D-N.Y.), Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeDelaware state lawmakers consider bill to allow human composting The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated The Hill's 12:30 Report: CDC identifies 5.8K COVID cases of 66M vaccinated MORE (D) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro — spoke for roughly 10 to 11 minutes, according to The Hill's stopwatch.

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York opens vaccination site underneath blue whale in Natural History Museum What the statistics show about police shootings and public safety US cities beef up security ahead of Chauvin verdict MORE (D) and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang expands lead in NYC mayor race: poll Evelyn Yang pens children's book on sexual abuse, reveals she was sexually assaulted as a child Yang pitches plan to revive Broadway, live performances in New York MORE were the only two candidates who spoke for less than 10 minutes.

Over the course of two nights of debates between 20 Democratic candidates, Biden's nearly 21 minutes of talk time represented the most that any candidate had to present their case — almost three minutes longer than the most verbose candidate of Tuesday's debate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality MORE (D-Mass.), and almost four minutes longer than Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNewsmax host: Jury decided to 'sacrifice' Chauvin to the mob Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term MORE (I-Vt.).

But unlike Harris, Warren and Sanders, Biden seemed to leave a significant amount of time on the table, deferring to moderators at their first attempts to cut him off, while the others barreled through their admonishments to wrap up.

Biden, who still leads in virtually every poll of national and early state Democratic voters, has had more microphone time than any other candidate over the first two sets of debates, at nearly 34 minutes. Harris has spoken for almost 29 minutes, while Sanders and Warren spoke for between 27 and 28 minutes each.

Some of the candidates who have yet to qualify for the next debate, in September, have spoken for only a fraction of the time of the front-runners.

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBiden set to pick conservation advocate for top land management role Montana governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities Progressives' majority delusions politically costly MORE (D), who missed out on the first debates, got only 10 minutes and 41 seconds to address voters on Tuesday; Yang spoke for just 11 minutes and 40 seconds over the course of two debates. And Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax MORE (D) and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson: Refusal to hike minimum wage is part of 'rigged economy' Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 Marianne Williamson discusses America's "soulless ethos" MORE both spoke for about 13 1/2 minutes in their first two opportunities on stage.