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Republican Party Chairman Suspends Partnership With NBC For February 26 Debate

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Republican Party Chairman Suspends Partnership With NBC For February 26 Debate


By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican National Committee on Friday dumped NBC News from sponsoring a Feb. 26 debate of presidential candidates in the fallout over a debate conducted by media partner CNBC this week that was roundly criticized by the candidates.

The move comes as several campaigns seek to change the format for the remaining debates due to concerns too many candidates are on stage at the same time and do not get enough time to speak.

RNC Chairman Reince Priaebus cited “bad faith” in announcing the party will suspend its partnership with NBC News for the Feb. 26 debate to be held in Houston. Telemundo and National Review are co-sponsors of the event.

Priebus told NBC in a letter that the committee wanted to ensure its candidates would be given a “full and fair” opportunity to lay out their political visions. The party has complained about the handling of Wednesday night’s debate by CNBC.

The CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado, was supposed to be devoted to discussing the candidates’ views on how to improve the U.S. economy but frequently strayed from that theme and the moderators struggled to maintain control.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were among those candidates who objected to questions during the debate. Christie wondered aloud why they were being asked about Fantasy Football competition when Islamic State militants are killing people in the Middle East.

“This is a disappointing development. However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party,” an NBC statement said.

Representatives from several campaigns are to meet on Sunday to discuss how to repair what they feel is a broken debate format that is backed by the RNC and TV networks.

At least one campaign has suggested that instead of having 10 or 11 candidates on stage at the same time, that the group be split in two for two debates of 90 minutes each.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Bill Trott and Andrew Hay)

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Governor John Kasich, former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Rep. Rand Paul participate in the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking



  1. 1standlastword October 30, 2015

    I find it refreshing and amusing to see the heavy hitters and high rollers duke it out, each having their own crisis of integrity.

    These two factions comprise a pack of highly paid liars that before now could easily combine their agents’ efforts toward the end of brainwashing the masses into believing whatever POOP they want sell.

    Now that corporate greed has gotten so massive they’ve begun to eat each other…hahahahahaha!!! Keep the thrills coming; it’s the only thing of true value the GOP has to offer!

    1. Blueberry Hill October 31, 2015

      You said it so eloquently. Thank you! lol


  2. rednekokie October 31, 2015

    Money has it that Fox Noise will be the next faux broadcast spewer which will shower these nitwits with some sort of praise.
    Who the f*** cares in the first place. Once you’ve seen a clown show, you’ve seen them all.

  3. Blueberry Hill October 31, 2015

    These whiney babies cannot play fair about anything. They can have their debates the same way they have always been done and stop acting like a bunch of kindergartners. If they cannot answer the questions because they don’t know what they are talking about anyway, that is their problem. Not a one of them is smart enough to be the President of this country. They gerrymander their districts to cheat there too. If they cannot win an election without cheating, they don’t deserve the seat they are trying to buy.


  4. Whatmeworry October 31, 2015

    The only ones who came out on top of the debate is CNBC who collected more in ad revenue for the 2 hours than they have for the entire month.
    This will force the networks to have an honest and balance debates in the future when Carson is debating Sanders for the presidency. Looks like FOX will HAVE to host 1 of them

  5. Lynda Groom November 1, 2015

    Well now we can add fear of the media to the long list of frightening things that make the party of ‘NO’ run for the hills. This is just silly, childish, non-productive and so representative of todays republican party.


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