Warren, Klobuchar get most talking time in Vegas debate

Warren, Klobuchar get most talking time in Vegas debate
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Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (Minn.) got the most speaking time during Wednesday's presidential primary debate in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. 

The only two women on the stage each spoke for more than 16 minutes during the debate, according to a minute-by-minute speaking time tracker from NBC News. Warren led the candidates with 16 minutes, 35 seconds of speaking time, while Klobuchar finished with just more than 16 minutes. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.), considered to be the front-runner in the field following strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, came in third, with 15 minutes and 15 seconds of speaking time. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE spoke for 14 minutes, 49 seconds. 

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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Susan Rice: Trump picks Putin over troops 'even when it comes to the blood of American service members' Does Donald Trump even want a second term? MORE and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE, who was on the debate stage for the first time during the 2020 cycle Thursday night, both received about 13 minutes, 20 seconds of talking time. 

This was the first debate in which the female candidates enjoyed the most time to speak, The New York Times noted

Warren used much of the debate to target her opponents, repeatedly going after Bloomberg over policies such as stop and frisk, a policing tactic that led to a disproportionate number of stops for minorities, while he was New York mayor. Warren also took aim at Bloomberg over his history of using nondisclosure agreements to privately settle complaints with former female employees. 

Her debate performance came following disappointing showings in the first two voting states and as she tries to bolster support ahead of the Nevada caucuses and Super Tuesday. 

The candidates talked about a host of issues in Las Vegas, with much attention paid to health care, environmental issues and economic inequality.