Romney spoke four minutes less but got in 541 more words

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We've noted Barack Obama's "intellectual stammer" before, but just how much did it slow him down last night? Well, despite talking four minutes less than Obama, Mitt Romney was able to speak 541 more words. Michael Brendan Dougherty tweeted the statistic, and we went to this CNN transcript to check it out. Obama's word count was 7,350 words during the course of the debate, while Mitt Romney got out 7,891. Josh Barro at Bloomberg View deemed the fact that Obama took up four more minutes of time the "most surprising" of the debate.  Barro said that because "Romney seemed to have far more to say than Obama." See more at The Atlantic Wire.
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