Dodd: What Debate?
With less than a half hour left in the debate, Sen. Chris Dodd's campaign issued a press release insisting he is getting a raw deal.
The release notes that Dodd has only been asked to answer four questions and has spent less than four minutes total talking. "Really nothing about the debate was equitable, from the unprecedented assignment of podiums to the allotment of time. We'll count on the DNC at future events to mandate some even-handedness," said Dodd spokeswoman Christy Setzer.
The problem with this argument is that it is totally aimed at insiders. Regular folks watching the debate aren't likely to be upset at the lack of questions directed at Dodd. For a second-tier candidate, the task is to make yourself known -- no matter what. See "Biden, Joe" for an example of this strategy.
Here's the release sent out by the Dodd campaign:
Subject: DEBATE FAILS TO ACHIEVE FULL DISCUSSION OF NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES
Debate Fails To Achieve Full Discussion Of Nation's Most Important Issues
Despite very real differences in the presidential candidates' positions on the critical issues facing our nation, the format of tonight's CNN debate allowed for disproportionate amounts of time for candidates to discuss their positions. Below are the number of questions posed to each candidate, with the corresponding amount of time allotted per candidate.
BIDEN 4:45, 5 questions
CLINTON 9:25, 9 questions
DODD 4:00, 4 questions
EDWARDS 7:06, 8 questions
GRAVEL 2:59, 5 questions
KUCINICH 2:28, 3 questions
OBAMA 8:19, 9 questions
RICHARDSON 7:23, 6 questions
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