(CNN) – When Tuesday evening's showdown between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney concluded, the CNN debate clock showed the president spoke for 3 minutes and 14 seconds longer than his Republican rival.
The totals: 44 minutes, 4 seconds for Obama; and 40 minutes, 50 seconds for Romney.
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But in number of words, it was Romney who came out ahead. He spoke 7,984 words - 478 words ahead of Obama, who spoke 7,506 words.
A CNN count found the same phenomenon at the first debate – Obama spoke longer, but said fewer words.
At that matchup, held October 3 in Denver, Obama spoke for 42 minutes, 50 seconds, nearly five minutes more than Romney, who spoke for 38 minutes, 32 seconds.
But the GOP nominee spoke 7,802 words at that first debate, 508 words more than the president. Obama spoke 7,294 words in Denver.
CNN's Lindsey Knight contributed to this report.
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Obama, the master at talking a long time without really saying anything of value. The guy is still in denial about Libya!
It is hard to say a lot of words when you are making it up as you go.
Who Cares CNN....bottom line OBAMA won .......................................
Overall Crowley favored Obama with respect to time allotted, and moving to new topics. Several times Romney was not given the opportunity to clarify some major mischaracterizations made by Obama. I think she did well otherwise.
Mitt wins on Lies too.... Ha, ha, ha, GOP is a cult. Obama12.
Mitt Romney's always been a fast talker...
So the challenger is a fast talker. Great if you're looking for a used car salesman; not so much if you're looking for a statesman.
RoBme spoke more words because he has to cover up all the lies he's been spreading across this nation. Obama/Biden 2012
Because Obama has less to say, less to run on, less intelligence... need I go on.
How could Romney use so many words, and still not tell us anything about his plans?
President Obama have to be focused if he wants to win mr.mitt on nov. 6, 2012.
Obama takes most of the time to say the least. Why is that not surprising. The man has had nothing meaningful to say for years.
How can the moderator allow one candidate nearly four more minutes??! Why isn't this a story you are covering..not to mention it happened in the previous two debates. And it is seemingly unprecedented for the moderator to take sides with a candidate!!!! And she was wrong! Outrageous. CNN, this is why you've lost mainstream America, and it's amazing you continue to be in denial as you get blasted in theratings by your competition.
When you have no record to run on.., innuendoes and misrepresentations are all that's left. Not to mention bias moderators and unbalanced timed debates
the GOP can only comprehend shorter, more simple words.
Romney in 2nd debate like a ram lost his horns.
Sununu this whimp cut his own throat
I'm curious, how did obama know that candy had a transcript of obamas comments right after the 'alleged' terror attack in Libya?
Kindly check Gallup Poll and see the effects of the debate. No need to read biased reports.
It looks like the crazy right wingnuts all got their talking points from Fox foreign owned media (10% Saudi owned as well), as all are denying reality.
Maybe for the next debate, instead of trying say as much as possible, Mr. Romney should try speaking only the truth. Sure, it might be new to him, but he might actually make sense.
What sense does this make to the readers.
It is obvious that a used car sales man can put out more words per minute. After all Mitt can buy a company to dismantle it and sale it as a scrap this is easy for him.
The more dishonest a sales pitch, the more verbiage (bs) it requires.
Sununu should be deported back to Cuba and standup to Castro, coward and William Bennett needs his old fat behind whipped. These are just 2 of the Republican old guys whose time has come and gone so they are just haters in their last days because they're old and trying to remain revelent because the younger educated Americans are ignoring and laughing at them. Obama won, you old farts.
Obama shouldn't worry women in his administration bite the bullet for him, when Hillary took responsibility before he would man up and Candy covered for him about words REALLY stated in the Rose Garden September 12, 2012. No wonder the American citizen cannot trust the Obama or the media that protects him, even at a high cost, to Amrican abroad.