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. pat

    it's laughable what people on CNN's site are saying about a competiting news source. Like NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN are not biased, or owned by corporations.

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


    January 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Francisco Arrieta

    Fox news sucks.

    January 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. tom 4 ron paul in08

    fox made a dire move in leaving out DR Ron Paul ..... the rest of the media needs to take notice the revolution will not be stopped .... there are thousands of us, we are every were, in every state and across the globe... and we will not stop ... we are bakers and teachers and laborers , cooks and day traders, bus drivers, seniors and vets ( oh yes lots of military support ).. doctors and nurses, every were you turn and every were you look ........ DR Paul will be the next president we are taking our country back and you can not stop us ........ RON PAUL 2008

    January 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Donald H

    Would someone please publish Fox's sponsors so people won't boycott the wrong companies?

    January 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Frank

    Finally a State that has some common sense

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

    This is why the country will always stand still. It is completely ridiculous and unfair that these men are not allowed to participate in the debates.

    January 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Michhael Rea

    Good! Fixed News Network deserves it. (I really don't like FOX, and this is the final nail in it's coffin... for me anyway.)

    January 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Joseph McKittrick

    Paul has raised more money than any candidate ever in one day. Paul has probably raised more money than all the other GOP candidates in the 4th Quarter. In the Iowa Caucus he received 3x as many votes as Giuliani. In New Hampshire he polls higher than Fred Thompson. Yet these two men are invited and Ron Paul is not. Even the New Hampshire GOP has washed its hands of the event because of their inexcusable bias. I cannot in good conscience watch Fox News or patronize any advertiser that funds this kind of deplorable undemocratic activity.

    January 5, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Joshua Ruff

    This is a predictable and strategic move for the thug journalists at Fox News. By leaving Ron Paul out of the debate they hope to make people forget he is even in the race for the nomination. It is quite a spineless move on their part, as it is now obvious that the "journalists" at Fox News are just paving the way for a candidate who is Pro-War and Anti-Freedom, thus furthering the agenda of the current administration.

    Rationally speaking, I think that since Dr. Paul more than doubled Rudy Guiliani's vote total, he has more of a right to be in the debate than Guiliani. That makes sense right?

    January 5, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Jeremy, Louisa, Kentucky

    Way to go New Hampshire GOP!!
    Stick it to the man!!

    January 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Julian Fernandez

    Asa Democrat, I share the same frustration over the exclusions of Gravel and Kucinich. However, Ron Paul's exclusion bothers me as well. I like Paul and if it came down to November and my Democratic choices weren't looking too good, I'd vote from Ron Paul if I could.

    In fact, I wonder if I shouldn't switch parties and vote for Paul in the Primaries....

    Shame on FOX SHAME ON ABC!


    January 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. John Ramm

    Fox is not fair & balanced. Seems Executives at Fox are afraid to let the dog loose.

    This will just fuel the fire

    Go Ron! Go!

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

    I am very glad the NH GOP withdrew their support of Fox's DEBATE forum after this blatant display of bias against Ron Paul.

    I'm also not too happy with CNN after refusing to show Ron Paul's name on the Iowa Caucus results while they showed candidates with much smaller support.


    January 5, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Robin S., OKC

    My husband and I have been following Ron Paul from the Tv to the Internet for months now and i truly believe that Mr. Paul deserves his chance to debate with all the other candidates. I truly believe as well that there are far more Ron Paul supporters out there and we just all need to make FOX realize that the Ron Paul Revolution and the movement that follows is not going away. I totally Support NH pulling all backing from FOX News Maybe this Will show FOX that the people are tired of its biast actions. CNN is a network that I, along with the rest of my friends and family have watched for years. Good Luck to all, Good Luck Ron Paul, and may the revolution lead Mr. Paul to President.

    January 5, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Fox has been promoting Giuliani and McCain this whole campaign because they're the two biggest war hawks. It's sickening the bad press they give Romney, Thompson and Ron Paul on a regular basis. Excluding Paul when he is running 3rd is inexcusable as well.

    January 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. J-SiN

    What is fox so afraid of?
    maybe that Paul is strikign new support EVERYDAY

    from a broader crowd

    we're tired of the wasteful spending and tyranny

    I want to be truly FREE!!

    January 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. G

    Its not hard to tell that these media outlets have a motive of thier own! Excluding someone because of poll results is only an excuse to censor those who actually have something to say. BUT!! Not only do they have something to say , the things they have to say dont fit with the political agenda these media outlets have already established and help finance. Our government has turned into a game of Monopoly, where the rules are made along the way and only benefit he who is moderating the game. Yes, game. Our situations, hardships, and tribulations are all part of the game. Pay rent, pay utilities, dont pass go, dont collect $200, and straight to jail you go. All the while our politicians are on vacation, our president is visiting friends, our troops are dying, and we're spending billions to keep soldiers in countries with no need for them. Tying up money in other things just gives these politicians an excuse to deny help to those who really need it, AMERICANS! They dont want smart, informed Americans, well off Americans, they want sheep, and in some cases SCAPEGOATS!

    "It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis IS WHILE OUR RULERS ARE HONEST, AND OURSELVES UNITED"
    Thomas Jefferson

    January 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Ashley

    It's an outrage. Finally someone who wants what is best the the us citizens, not what is going to get him the most money possible. Americans believe what the media tells them without bothering to research for themselves. You can't believe everything you hear! This is our country! WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    January 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Peggy Chambers

    Does Donald Trumph own that too?


    January 5, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. john

    What is FOX afraid of? It's decisions like this that prove the conspiracy between big business, big government, and big media is controlling America and don't care one way ot the other who they trample to meet their agenda.
    I cheer Dr. Paul for having the courage to stand up to them. Before this election is over the American people will show their resolve to Take Back America.

    January 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Franco

    As a Canadian I was shocked (but not surprised) to see FOX exclude Dr. Paul from the debates. It shows how far the US is now being run by special interests that only want their point of view expressed. The US was once the pillar and beacon for democracy and justice...and now its falling into a barren wasteland. How can Americans have let that happen?
    Toronto, Canada

    January 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Catherine Bleish

    Thank you CNN for your fair news coverage! This will only make Fox look like fools. Ron Paul has record breaking fund raising and he beat Guiliani in Iowa – so why don't they exclude Guiliani and allow Ron Paul to participate? Oh, right. Because Fox is trying to perpetuate this war and Ron Paul stands for peace.

    January 5, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. AB74

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who is honest with the American people. He doesn't speak in vague little sound bites. He is right when he says we should get out of Iraq now. He is right when he says the dollar is in a crisis. He is right when he says the founders would be ashamed of us!! He understands the Constitution, he understands money markets, he understands history, he understands the war. He would revolutionize our government.

    January 5, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Billy Wood

    Fox uses the same type of rhetoric every time they disagree with someone or something. I think it is only Fair and Balanced that I use the same terminology.


    The truth is Ron Paul is better off not being in their debate. He always ends up having to debate both the candidates and the commentators. I can't blame FOX for not wanting to get their asses handed to them again.

    January 5, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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