January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
8 years ago

Granite State Republicans pull debate support

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The New Hampshire Republican Party announced Saturday that it was withdrawing as a partner of Sunday’s primary debate on FOX because of the exclusion of two GOP presidential hopefuls.

"The first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary serves a national purpose by giving all candidates an equal opportunity on a level playing field. Only in New Hampshire do lesser known, lesser funded underdogs have a fighting chance to establish themselves as national figures,” New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen said in a statement.

“The New Hampshire Republican Party believes Congressmen Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter should be included in the FOX forum on Sunday evening. Our mutual efforts to resolve this difference have failed."

Supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter had complained over the exclusion of both men from Sunday night’s debate, the final faceoff before Tuesday’s primary.

–CNN's Sareena Dalla and Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Duncan Hunter • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (871 Responses)
  1. George White

    I find it refreshing to see the GOP have something to say about politics, instead of letting Fox run the show. Political parties should have more to say about elections and candidates, such as who is invited to a forum or debate, than media networks.

    Imagine if the NH GOP simply planned a forum that included all running candidates and allowed the media to cover it. Fox News could choose for itself whether or not to send a field-reporter, instead of choosing which candidates get to speak.

    I commend the NH GOP for pulling its support, but still think the whole plan was poorly approached in the first place, by both Fox and the GOP. The mere notion of allowing a television channel to so blatantly influence not only political coverage, which most of us know is incomplete and biased, but the actual interactions of politicians and their parties is an insult to freedom and liberty.

    The coverage Ron Paul has received has shown that he has support and that his message is popular enough that his voice should be heard at any forum where he chooses to speak. The only conceivable reason to exclude him is to censor him. In a country where less people approve of the current administration than disapprove, and with our nation at "war" and constantly increasing spending to be there, such intervention into the political process by a private company should be criminal.

    I actively boycott Fox, but more importantly, I actively boycott Fox's sponsors and advertisers. I suggest if people want to see change, people inact change by doing the same.

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Marvin, Las Vegas, NV

    Kudos to the NH GOP! Let the people decide. How can we make a proper decision if we are denied access to the candidates?

    Make no mistake, Ron Paul is the real front runner! He has an honest grass roots base of dedicated supporters. He has raised more money from individual citizens than any other candidate. Everywhere he goes his supporters are there in large numbers. He wins poll after poll, only to have the news media discard or discount those polls. After the Florida debate, Faux New's own text poll showed Ron Paul as the clear winner (more than double of any other candidate!), only to have Sean Hannity claim it didn't count. If anyone else had won, FOX would've trumpeted that victory for weeks.

    Ron Paul is the only REAL Republican candidate, and the only one who can win honestly. FOX is afraid of him, because his message is honest and powerful!

    January 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Keith Bennis

    I'm glad that they pulled support. It's unfair for the media to choose which candidates should be shown to the mass public that ONLY focus in on and rely on television to see who's running. Each candidate should have their fair say in things.

    January 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Joey Entremont, Laplace LA

    This action shows testicular fortitude from the leaders of the GOP at least in New Hampshire.

    January 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Aaron

    Ron Paul is a nut! I hope they pull him from the debates.

    January 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Tyler K

    FOX news will never be allowed in my household again, although this has been a problem in the past they finally burst my bubble...CNN is my new station!

    January 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Matt Felkey

    I think that this was a very honorably move by the New Hampshire Republican Party. I am personally a supporter of Ron Paul and I think that this primary could be the place where he establishes himself. As the Democratic primaries showed in 2004, the front runners early on can be overtaken. Why does FOX think that they have the right to decide who we get to hear? As far as I know, this nation is run by "We, the people of the United States", not "We, FOX News, who declare our opinion what's right for the people."

    January 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Mary

    Fraud network will not be allowed to control this election! I will not wat FOX NEWS again!!!!!

    Yeah for the New Hamshire GOP. This is a strong sign that people are ready for a CHANGE!

    January 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. S.S.

    Again the media is controlling the polls. Where is democracy? They are choosing who you see and who you do not. Ron Paul is seen as one of the little guys and therefor ignored. Paul's greatest aspect is the his ability to debate. We have seen him dominate debates since the early debates regarding this upcoming election. Giuliani has experienced this personally. This whole situation is mass media taking there side in the election and its completely ridiculous. This is only allow to happen because Americans tend to sit down and let the TV tell them everything they know about politics. God forbid they go out and do some research on their own. Its only their country right? This is the reason why idiotic bass akwards acts like the "No Child Left Behind Act" are passed. Democracy only works if we all input, thats the point right?

    January 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Sam

    A big thank you goes out to CNN for this. I appreciate you guys spreading this story around, as it must be heard by all of America. I abhor the fact that Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter are to be excluded from the FOX debate. Speaking on behalf of Ron Paul, though, it's hard to believe that FOX News Corp would have the gall to ban a man who just doubled Rudy Giuliani's primary returns in Iowa. Furthermore, Paul is beating Fred Thompson in the Granite State and has decisive leads on Huckabee and Giuliani in the latest Rasmussen Reports New Hampshire poll. Ron Paul IS a contender on the Republican side. A tip of the hat to CNN on this one.

    January 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. James W. Burns

    If Faux News needs an extra chair in their Studio RV for Ron Paul; why won't they just ask someone for a chair, instead of using it as an excuse for not allowing Ron Paul to take part in the forum. Kudos to the NH RNC for doing the right thing!

    January 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. ben

    I'm so disgusted at Fox's blatant attempt to delegitimize candidates it does not agree with. I just hope this snubbing gets enough attention from other MSM outlets to offset the lack of exposure due to being excluded. Thank you CNN, and I'm also happy to hear that the NHRP has pulled their support.

    January 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Mario

    Bill, Obuma isn't elected yet, don't count your chicks yet. FOX can stick it in their ear.

    January 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Jake

    One thing I'll say about Ron Paul's run: no matter what happens, he's exposed the guilt and hypocracy of Neoconservatives (also known as the same big government liars as the other guys, but with a different target audience).

    January 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. fartknocker

    The man is being excluded because he would end the monopolies of the media and other "BIG" Jonny pen pushers.

    January 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Ann, Houston

    I'm disgusted with Fox and their refusal to include Dr. Ron Paul in the televised debate. Fair and Balanced ? For years I've been a loyal Fox New watcher and have switched back to CNN due to the total hierocracy the news station obviously intends to portray.

    I believe a candidate that overtakes Rudy Giuliani and earns only 2 to 5 % less of the overall vote then McCain in the Iowa Caucuses deserves a place in the debates.

    January 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. sara bell

    so their reason for excluding ron paul was that he was not high enough in the polls- when polls aren't even reliable in the first place- but now that a caucas has taken place and people see guiliani at 4%- will he be excluded as well? probably not...

    the new hampshire republican party has balls standing up to fox. it shows true character of their organization.

    January 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Am I crazy or is this becoming relly good publicity for Ron Paul anyway? This Fox blunder seems to be causing quite an uproar. ronpaul2008.com

    January 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Michael Marling

    It is of great concern that, the powers who control fox media are so defiant and opposed to someone who has a strong stance against what is prominent in the republican party. After all is it not a debate? Ron Paul is a man who has legitimate standing with his party as well has the entire running. Fox stated they are desiring candidates who arouse their liking or meet their criteria. This is clearly an attack on him and on account of Dr. Paul's popularity and support in New Hampshire it is bewildering that more media are not taking notice. But what does that say?

    January 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Melissa - Saint Louis

    Am I crazy or is this becoming relly good publicity for Ron Paul anyway? This Fox blunder seems to be causing quite an uproar. ronpaul2008.com

    January 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. David Urieta

    who made this idiotic decision to exclude ron paul?

    January 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Evan

    Fox News is about as fair and balanced as Al Aqsa (the station run by Hamas). What's so sad about it is that everyone KNOWS how unfair and unbalanced they are, and they keep doing things like this to prove it! Shame on you Fox.

    January 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. tom kistner

    You Ron Paul supporters are scary and so is he. I understand there needs to be real change in the way politics are run in this country but Ron Paul is NOT the answer.

    January 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Madi Karizma

    Fox is playing a role in trying to shape the election process; this is clear. However, I agree that the New Hampshire GOP has really spoken for an honest and fair election, which I congratulate them for. This may have done more for Ron Paul and other underdogs than if Fox had budged. Finally, someone in the system steps up!!

    January 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Ryan, Overland Park, KS

    susan M, are you clueless. It's ok, just a few months ago I was a rabid Fox "News" viewer too. You are aware that the article you commented on is an article about Fox Noise refusing to allow the most conservative candidate running for President to be included in their forum, right? And you are aware that the NH GOP pulled their support, right? Seriously, think about what you said in your comment. It makes no sense at all.

    January 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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