Yes, before someone flames me, allow me to explain. I think it was great that people submitted videos and the candidates answered them. I'm glad Republicans participated in the debate and the questions were fine.
What I didn't like about the format and what left me feeling empty was that there were too many questions asked during the debate. At best 2 candidates were able to answer the question even when the person wanted to hear from all of the folks on the stage.
I really believe that if they had less questions there would have been even more fireworks on the stage and more separation between the Presidential candidates. We would have had more debate on the stage because it certainly looks like they were all ready to duke it out. Plus it seemed that you saw candidates in bunches at a time or at least that's what it appeared to me. Again probably due to the many questions and not enough time to have a more than 2 people answer.
I did a quick, unscientific analysis using TiVo; I did miss a question at the end because the actual debate went more than the 2 hours I had it recording (I watched it semi-live, but recorded it for later.) I recorded 32 questions including the ones asked without a YouTube video. Looking at who was asked to answer first and then who got to answer second kind of proves my point that I think there were too many questions and not enough time spent getting more people involved. Granted this is just counting and not based on time answering (I have some form of a life), but the candidate that got to answer first was alloted more time. First answer counted the questions that only one candidate answered and of course these solo answers didn't have someone else giving a second response.
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Anyway, I don't have any issues with the general concept of having citizens submit videos for questions. I just wish the debate would have allowed more of the candidates to answer the individual video submissions because it doesn't appear based on my observations there was an even distribution and who got to answer the questions. My guess is that is CNN's fault and not YouTube's. Finally, I really believe CNN was more interested in showing as many YouTube questions as possible and could care less about having more debate on the questions.