ABC News apparently could not hide their taste for bickering. Often times setting up the questions in order to generate some back 'n forth there was a solid 21 responses in total where candidates shot off to each other. While there seemed to be some even-handedness to the moderation, it was mostly an illusion due to having fewer overall candidates on the stage, with Herman Cain having dropped out of the race and Jon Huntsman not meeting ABC's qualifications for the Iowa debate.
Mitt Romney garnered the most time talking with 18:19 (mm:ss) and 16 turns talking, while Newt Gingrich spoke for 13:41 which was good enough for nearly 19% of the overall total speaking time allotted to the Republican Presidential candidates. Ron Paul, though running in a solid second place in the Iowa polls, received the fewest turns talking, 9, as well as the smallest amount of time at 8:40.
However, that did not stop him from having perhaps the largest impact with the time he did have. When confronted about the tough TV ads he has been running against Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul did not back down for a moment and instead restated and reinforced that Speaker Gingrich is indeed a serial hypocrite and reminded everyone of his ties to Freddie Mac and had received in the neighborhood of $1.6 Million for his "strategic advisement". A very strong move on Paul's part, and he may just be getting started.
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