Sanders, Klobuchar got more speaking time than rivals during December debate

Sanders, Klobuchar got more speaking time than rivals during December debate
Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar campaign gets first super PAC Sanders leads among Latino voters: poll How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (D-Minn.) amassed the most speaking time at Thursday night's Democratic presidential primary debate, with entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangTrump seeks split-screen moments in early primary states More accusers come forward after Evelyn Yang breaks silence on alleged assault by OBGYN Sanders leads Biden in latest Nevada poll MORE bringing up the rear for a second consecutive month, according to calculations by The New York Times.
 
Sanders spoke for 20 minutes and 30 seconds during the 2 1/2-hour debate in Los Angeles, while Klobuchar was second among the seven onstage candidates at 19 minutes and 53 seconds. She was followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' Klobuchar campaign gets first super PAC HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (D-Mass.) at 19 minutes and 36 seconds. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegHuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Sanders campaign expands operations in Michigan Sanders leads among Latino voters: poll MORE (D) spoke for just three seconds less than Warren at the PBS NewsHour-Politico debate.
 
Biden was a distant fifth, at 15 minutes and 28 seconds.
 
Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSanders leads among Latino voters: poll The Memo: Vegas debate gives Democrats last chance to swing Nevada voters Poll: Sanders holds 19-point lead in Nevada MORE and Yang had the least amount of speaking time, at 11 minutes and 50 seconds and 10 minutes and 56 seconds, respectively.

In November, Yang slammed MSNBC for not allowing him more time to speak at the debate co-moderated by The Washington Post.

“#MSNBCFearsYang because we can turn seconds into substance,” Yang tweeted on Nov. 21.
 
 
The speaking times on Thursday night mostly diverged from where the White House hopefuls stand in the polls.
 
According to the RealClearPolitics average, Biden leads the Democratic field with 27.8 percent support. Sanders is second, at 19.3 percent, while Warren is third, at 15.2 percent. Buttigieg has 5.3 percent, followed by Klobuchar and Yang, tied at 3.3 percent. Steyer has 1.5 percent support.

Former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE is at 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. He entered the race last month and did not qualify for the debate stage since he is self-financing his campaign.