DENVER -- In the competitive arena, time matters. Football teams rehearse two-minute drills, Jeopardy contestants try to beat their rivals to the buzzer and in presidential debates, the candidates are given little time to make a lasting impression.
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In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain spoke less in each debate -- from at most five minutes to as little as about 20 seconds -- than did then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Polling showed that Obama won the debates, in some cases by double digits.