Your candidate made the debate? Congrats. He might be on TV for five minutes
The Washington Post - 08/05/2015
Two hours. Ten candidates. Three moderators.
Simple math says not every — and perhaps no — candidate in Thursday’s prime-time, top-tier presidential debate is going to get as much time as he would like to make his case to voters.
Some of the 10 candidates’ speaking times may be so minuscule that it’ll be as if they weren’t even there at all, said Alan Schroeder, debate expert and journalism professor at Northeastern University.