Republican presidential candidates overwhelmingly say Tuesday night's debate in Milwaukee was fairer than the last one. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
The answers were longer in Tuesday's Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network, the fireworks fewer, and the topics, the Fed, big banks, tax policy, far wonkier. The debate focused on business issues and differentiated itself from the more combative line of questioning of a debate hosted two weeks ago by CNBC. The time limits on answers were 50 percent longer, allowing candidates to spend more time on their stump speeches - and a gentle bell rather than a moderator's interjection warned them when time was up. The field was also smaller with eight candidates, down from CNBC's 10, changing the dynamic. Republican candidates left the last debate seething about media bias but following this one, reaction was generally positive.