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People are mad that CNN gave John Delaney so much airtime during the Democratic debates

The former congressman soaked up a lot more stage time than many had anticipated—or wanted.

People are mad that CNN gave John Delaney so much airtime during the Democratic debates
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Presidential candidate John Delaney, whose senior staff reportedly encouraged him to drop out of the race, and whose poll numbers are so low that they’re not even registering, received an awful lot of airtime tonight at the third debate of the 2020 presidential primaries.

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The businessman and former U.S. representative from Maryland was forced to defend his views on healthcare and his opposition to Medicare for All, and ended up saying much more on the topic than front-running senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Here’s a key exchange:

However, not everyone was happy about Delaney’s verbose performance or CNN moderator Jake Tapper’s generousness.

On the plus side for Delaney, at least a lot more people know who he is tonight.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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