Debate Introductions Could Not Have Gone Worse

Bad acoustics blamed for confusion
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2016 8:45 PM CST

The Republican debate Saturday night began generating buzz before the first question was even asked, thanks to a comically confusing opening. (See the video.) It began when Ben Carson couldn't hear his own introduction because of noise in the New Hampshire auditorium and stood off stage—with a camera on him—instead of walking to his podium. That began a bit of a traffic jam as other candidates came up behind him as their names were called and left him standing there. Donald Trump also apparently failed to hear his name and ended up standing with Carson. Moderators Martha Raddatz and David Muir summoned them onto the stage and took their own seats—before realizing that John Kasich was still back stage, too. The opening "may go down as the most awkward in memory," notes Mother Jones. (More Republican debate stories.)

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