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Billionaire presidential hopeful Tom Steyer spent $6.5 million for each minute of speaking time he received during Tuesday's Democratic debate.
Steyer, who has been accused of buying his way onto the debate stage, spent roughly $47.6 million of his own money since entering the crowded primary field in July. He garnered 7 minutes and 13 seconds of speaking time for his first debate. All told, Steyer spent just under $110,000 for each second he controlled the microphone.
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Steyer had the lowest total stage time of all 12 debate participants. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), who has surged in recent polls, had three times as much time fielding questions from CNN and New York Times moderators.
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Journalists and Democratic candidates alike say Steyer has used his vast personal wealth to buy his way onto the debate stage.
"The Best Campaign Money Can Buy," an Atlantic headline read.
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