As the third GOP debate drew to a close, Carly Fiorina tried to jump in on an exchange, only to be rebuffed by a moderator.
After some crosstalk, one moderator said, “You all wanted us to limit [the debate time]” before allowing Fiorina to proceed.
Several campaigns had threatened to bail on the debate during negotiations unless CNBC limited the event to 2 hours including commercial breaks, a chief concern of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who sent a joint letter to the network complaining about the format.
“I could stand up here all night. Nobody wants to watch three and a half or three hours. And I have to hand it to Ben,” Trump said during his closing statement, motioning to Carson.
“They lost a lot of money. Everybody said it couldn’t be done,” Trump continued. “And in about two minutes, I renegotiated it to two hours, so we can get the hell out of here,” he said, to cheers.