Does Rick Santorum have a blinking problem?

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Smart Politics tabulated 2,284 on-camera blinks when candidates were speaking at the ABC debate [Saturday night], and Santorum accounted for 35 percent of them. Santorum, who spoke for 12 minutes and 55 seconds in Saturday’s debate, blinked 793 times while delivering verbal remarks, or 61.4 times per minute – much higher than the average person’s rate of approximately 20-25 times per minute.

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