CNN moderators let candidates speak more

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Smart Politics study of the 17 debates conducted since the field first peaked at eight candidates last fall finds moderators for the six debates conducted by CNN spoke for only 15.9% of the broadcast. By contrast, the moderators at the three FOX debates spoke for 26.2% of the time.

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