The second debate on Wednesday night was a three-hour affair, where Donald Trump dominated the conversation – a repeat performance of the first debate. Of words spoken by the 11 candidates, 15 percent were uttered by Trump.

Higher share of speaking

in the second debate

Aug. 6

Sept. 16

Donald Trump

Spoke 15.3%

of words in

Sept. 16 debate

Jeb Bush

12.1%

Marco Rubio

11.4%

Carly Fiorina

8.9%

(Did not participate

in main Aug. 6 debate)

Rand Paul

8.4%

Lower share of speaking

in the second debate

Chris Christie

Spoke 9.3% of words

in Sept. 16 debate

Ben Carson

7.9%

John Kasich

6.9%

Mike Huckabee

6.7%

Scott Walker

6.4%

Ted Cruz

6.3%

Sept. 16

Aug. 6

Higher share of speaking in the second debate

Aug. 6

Sept. 16

Spoke 15.3%

of words in

Sept. 16 debate

Donald Trump

Jeb Bush

12.1%

Marco Rubio

11.4%

Carly Fiorina

8.9%

(Did not participate

in main Aug. 6 debate)

Rand Paul

8.4%

Lower share of speaking in the second debate

Spoke 9.3% of words in Sept. 16 debate

Chris Christie

Ben Carson

7.9%

John Kasich

6.9%

Mike Huckabee

6.7%

Scott Walker

6.4%

Ted Cruz

6.3%

Aug. 6

Sept. 16

The CNN moderators were lenient, often letting candidates break the debate’s speaking rules and asking candidates to tell one another why their positions were wrong.

Interruptions were frequent. So frequent, in fact, that throughout the debate candidates were vying for attention (and more time) from CNN moderator Jake Tapper – mentioning his name a whopping 53 times. Bush was the only candidate who didn’t say “Jake.”

Candidates saying “Jake”

“But Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake ... ”

“Jake?”

“Jake, Jake ... ”

1

3

12

6

2

9

5

4

9

1

“Let me finish this one thought, Jake.”

“See, Jake, it wasn't me.”

“Hold on, a second, Jake,

he asked me, as well.”

“But Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake ... ”

1

3

“Jake, Jake ... ”

12

6

“Hold on, a second,

Jake, he asked me,

as well.”

9

2

“Jake?”

5

4

1

9

“Let me finish this

one thought, Jake.”

“See, Jake, it wasn't me.”

Trump was at the center of several heated exchanges. Right out of the gate, Trump went after Rand Paul. “First of all, Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage,” Trump said.

Candidates Trump mentioned

Aug. 6

2

2

Sept. 16

12

2

3

1

3

Sept. 16

Aug. 6

2

12

2

3

1

3

2

Candidates were much more willing to attack Trump than in the last debate. The moderators encouraged them to comment on previous statements by Trump and others, which led to multiple heated exchanges the moderators had trouble keeping on topic.

One question focused on whether candidates would feel comfortable with Trump’s finger on the country’s nuclear codes. “Would we not all be worried to have someone like that in charge of the nuclear arsenal?” said Paul. Bush and Fiorina said the voters would decide. Trump’s response: “I have a great temperament.”

Mentions of Trump

Aug. 6

1

1

1

1

1

Sept. 16

10

2

3

5

2

2

3

Sept. 16

Aug. 6

10

2

1

1

3

1

5

2

1

1

2

3

Bush and Fiorina heavily engaged Trump multiple times in the debate.

KEY EXCHANGES BETWEEN BUSH AND TRUMP

Bush

1

2

2

1

End of debate

Trump

2

1

Start

of debate

End of debate

BUSH

“The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something ... was Donald Trump.”

TRUMP

“Okay, more energy tonight. I like that.”

BUSH

“To subject my wife into the middle of a raucous political conversation was completely inappropriate.”

TRUMP

“No, I won't [apologize], because I've said nothing wrong."

KEY EXCHANGES BETWEEN FIORINA AND TRUMP

1

2

Fiorina

Start

of debate

End of debate

Trump

1

2

Start

of debate

End of debate

FIORINA

“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”

TRUMP

“I think [Fiorina’s] got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”

FIORINA

“[Trump] ran up mountains of debt ... using other people’s money, and you were forced to file for bankruptcy ... four times.”

TRUMP

“[Hewlett Packard] is a disaster and continues to be a disaster. They still haven’t recovered. ... [Fiorina] can’t run any of my companies.”

Cruz, Huckabee and Kasich managed to stay mostly out of the fray.

Kasich didn’t mention any candidates by name, and none mentioned him either. When he was asked why he didn’t go on the attack against Hillary Clinton, he answered, “Well, look, people still have to get to know me, so I want to spend my time talking about my experience.” He then went on to focus on his own record.

Who the candidates talked to

Paul

Christie

Cruz

Bush

Carson

Walker

Kasich

Trump

Fiorina

Rubio

Huckabee

Trump

12

3

3

1

2

Bush

10

1

2

Christie

3

2

1

2

1

Fiorina

5

1

1

1

Paul

1

3

1

1

Walker

1

3

Carson

1

2

Rubio

2

Cruz

2

Huckabee

1

Kasich

Trump

Paul

Carson

Rubio

Cruz

Kasich

Number of candidates

he/she mentioned

Bush

Fiorina

Christie

Walker

Huckabee

TOTAL

1

12

3

3

2

21

Trump (5)

mentions

1

13

10

2

Bush (3)

1

1

9

2

2

3

Christie (5)

1

1

1

5

8

Fiorina (4)

1

1

1

3

6

Paul (4)

1

3

4

Walker (2)

3

1

2

Carson (2)

2

2

Rubio (1)

2

2

Cruz (1)

1

1

Huckabee (1)

0

Kasich (0)

Trump

Bush

Paul

Fiorina

Carson

Christie

Rubio

Walker

Cruz

Huckabee

Kasich

TotaL

Trump

12

3

3

1

2

21

Mentioned 5 candidates

mentions

Bush

13

10

2

1

3 candidates

Christie

9

2

2

1

1

3

5 candidates

Fiorina

8

5

1

1

1

4 candidates

Paul

6

3

1

1

1

4 candidates

Walker

4

3

1

2 candidates

Carson

3

2

1

2 candidates

Rubio

2

2

1 candidate

Cruz

2

2

1 candidate

Huckabee

1

1

1 candidate

Kasich

0

0 candidates

Despite the frequent bickering, there were a few memorable (and GIF-able) moments when Trump made more friendly gestures toward the other candidates, including an attempted high-five to Ben Carson after he talked about his early opposition to the Iraq war.

The debate wrapped on a light note with candidates declaring their desired Secret Service names.

“True Heart”

“Unit One”

“Secretariat”

“Harley”

“Ever Ready”

“Humble”

“One Nation”

“Cohiba”

“Gator”

“Duck Hunter”

“Justice Never Sleeps”

“True Heart”

“Unit One”

“Secretariat”

“Harley”

“Ever Ready”

“Humble”

“One Nation”

“Cohiba”

“Gator”

“Duck Hunter”

“Justice Never Sleeps”

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