January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
4 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
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  1. Anonymous

    Wouldnt it be lovely if the media and their fellow candidates DID think to pull out of the debate?

    Unfortunately even without the support of the party in NH, it seems the debate will go on as scheduled without not just two candidates, but missing THE underdog of the candidates themselves.

    Ron Paul has proved his worth time and time again. When will Fox deem him worthy of attention?

    January 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    they can try to silence us, but they will not succeed!

    -A Ron Paul Supporter

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Jive Dadson

    What Fox is doing with Dr. Paul is not half as shameful as what CNN did in the debate that he did participate in. They made him wait over half an hour before being allowed to take a question. Others were allowed to answer twice to some questions during that time. He was given far less time than others. The questions he was allowed to respond to were either trivial or loaded with slanderous implications. The questions were in the form of videos submitted via YouTube. Many of the people chosen were supporters of Democratic candidates. Some had previously posted nasty videos on YouTube antagonistic to Ron Paul.

    At least Fox is open about it. Their excuse for excluding him does not hold water, but at least they did not invite him into their little bus with the intention of mauling him.

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Charles Schindler

    I think it's ridiculous that ANY candidate from the GOP be excluded from any debate, no matter how big it is, based on their poll status. When did people forget that this is a democracy where every person running deserves the same fair chance at becoming president? That it's up to the people to pick their representatives and not the Media/Special interests with all the money and influence who pick and choose who we see and don't see?

    I think this will in the end help Ron Paul no matter how crazy that seems. He is getting media coverage from this and seems to me that Fox views him as a threat. He beat Guilliani in Iowa yet he's being excluded.

    Hopefully people start to realize that Fox is biased in their choosing of what they show and don't show. They, like every American, have their favorite candidate (although their views are based upon money/influence/power) who they want to win in the end. The saddest part of that is that they can pull their influence strings and have people eating out of their pockets at the voting booths like mindless uneducated puppets.

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Bravo to the NH GOP for recognizing the blatant censorship of clearly viable candidate. You don't raise over $19.7 MILLION in the 4th quarter (more than any of his rivals) and garner 10% of the Iowa Caucus vote if you're not a viable candidate. Ron Paul's popularity continues to grow every day and every quarter he raises more money. The only thing Fox News accomplishes by excluding him is prove, beyond any doubt, that they are both unfair and biased. Their credibility and stock numbers continue to plummet – as they should. They're disgraceful.

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Brian, Mesa AZ

    good on the NH Rep Party! Romney, Huckabee, Thompson, and Ghouliani need to boycott the forum. Too bad they are more concerned with airtime than defending their own.

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. jimreghi

    This is why I never watch Fox news.

    January 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Bill

    Thanks to the NH GOP for pulling support from the Fox forum. The other GOP candidates and all advertisers should follow suit. Fox News are not only unfair and unbalanced but they are un-American....traitors to the Constitutions guarantee of freedom of the press. The corrupt government, media and big business have stolen our beloved America from us. The Ron Paul Revolution will help us take it back. God bless you, Dr. Paul.....God bless America.

    January 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Notorious Kelly

    BOYCOT FOX!

    I am boycotting everything Fox and encouraging others to do the same.

    There is a wave of resistance to corporations deciding who becomes president.

    The System is broken and must be replaced.

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    January 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Justin Nafziger

    The news provides information allowing citizens to draw their own conclusions.
    FOX engages in a shameful parody this with their slogan "we report, you decide"
    it might be laudable to emblazon such a slogan all over their newscasts if they bothered to follow it through with action in the real world. This exclusion of candidates is the latest in their string biased reprehensible manipulations of information. Their actions are both unAmerican and unprincipled.
    I resoundingly commend the NH GOP for their Patriotic stand on this issue, they show true integrity and deserve a lot of credit.
    And a Thank You, is also due to CNN for reporting on this issue and opening it up to comment as well.

    January 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Rae Thomason

    Shame on Fox News. Their transparent decision to exclude Ron Paul will invigorate those of us who already support Ron Paul, but it will also have a negative effect. Voters who rely on the mainstream media to educate them about their choices will be cheated. Congratulations to CNN for covering this story.

    January 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. MC

    I think it is hilarious how they had to stop using "Fair and Balanced" because it has become a TOTAL JOKE!!!!

    Now when people say "fair and balanced" in the world, it is with a little smirk or a smile, because Fox has denigrated the meaning of those words.

    Good Job Fox.

    January 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Brian Fairbrother

    I am discusting w/ Fox news. Their motto is YOU DECIDE 2008, when really they want to decide for you and make you think your deciding for yourself. How dare them

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Ray Deters III

    How can anyone take the mainstream media seriously anymore. They obviously have an agenda to promote (and it is looking more and more like it is to destroy the Constitution!) Ron Paul scares them to death, and they witll stop at nothing to try and silence him. The funny thing is the more they try to ignore him, the more popular his messege becomes. Go Ron Paul!

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Charles, Elk Grove, CA

    I think it's ridiculous that ANY candidate from the GOP be excluded from any debate, no matter how big it is, based on their poll status. When did people forget that this is a democracy where every person running deserves the same fair chance at becoming president? That it's up to the people to pick their representatives and not the Media/Special interests with all the money and influence who pick and choose who we see and don't see?

    I think this will in the end help Ron Paul no matter how crazy that seems. He is getting media coverage from this and seems to me that Fox views him as a threat. He beat Guilliani in Iowa yet he's being excluded.

    Hopefully people start to realize that Fox is biased in their choosing of what they show and don't show. They, like every American, have their favorite candidate (although their views are based upon money/influence/power) who they want to win in the end. The saddest part of that is that they can pull their influence strings and have people eating out of their pockets at the voting booths like mindless uneducated puppets..

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Harry Flanagan

    Harry from Marion, Ohio.
    My Question remains as in why Fox has not really responded and what their true excuse may be? I believe if I remember correctly that this Ron Paul Individual raised 5.1 Million dollars in 24 hours breaking all previous candidate records. He is also for a limited government which baffled me in why he isn't number one? I think he is headline news but gets no real media coverage from Fox and other forms of media. Fox having the nerve to say that there isn't room on their stage makes me want to ask them if that was a joke, with all the money they pull in being that they're one of the biggest forms of Media in our country. At least CNN gives the news straight and fair!

    Thank you for you time.

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    I think it very fitting for Fox to exclude Ron Paul. This network is known for covering truth and not reporting the whole story. Ron Paul did better then Giuliani in the Iowa Cacus and will sweep NH in the primarys. Are we forgetting this is a libertarian state??
    Ron Paul speaks for the people and is the best choice for America!!! That scares the hell out of these people because if someone like him won they would be EXPOSED!

    January 5, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. dan jones

    its seems absolutely Un-American that they would exclude anyone that was seriously running for a nomination or in an election from partaking in a debate.. America is the land of the free and the government is supose to be for the people by the people... we are spose to hear everyones story.. it seems like big media is threatened by any candidate that is against big government... this elections big idea is CHANGE... it seems the majority in this country wants a change in government power... and Ron Paul is all about change, no other candidate comes close.. and he actually has plans on how he wants to implement the change... America is ready for change we want Ron Paul... and it disgusts me that Fox is being so narrow minded..!

    ~~dan

    January 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Laura

    Thanks for doing the right thing NH GOP!!!!!

    Although many of us have been following the candidates for some time, many more are just starting to tune in now that the caucuses and primaries are under way. Every American deserves to hear ALL of the candidates' positions so that they can each decide for themselves whom to support.

    The job of the media is to report the news, not to orchestrate it, censor it, or skew it to meet their own interests. Both Fox News and ABC should be ashamed of themselves. Fox News for excluding Dr. Paul and Mr. Hunter from the forums and ABC for excluding candidates from both parties from the "debates."

    Charlie Gibson's excuse that people have already had ample opportunity to hear the candidates' positions rings hollow. As said above, many are just beginning to pay attention. The attempted exclusion of Dr. Paul from the ABC NH debate and his blatant indefensible exclusion by Fox from its NH forums appear like a concerted effort to harm Dr. Paul's chances in a state where his message of liberty and personal freedom would likely appeal to many independent minded voters (after all, the state motto is "Live Free or Die").

    Furthermore, ABC relegated John Stossel's interview with Dr. Paul to the internet, denying those who do not have internet access the opportunity to get to know Dr. Paul and his positions.

    It should also be noted that, not only has the media given Dr. Paul very little coverage, but that what coverage they have given him has been biased against him. Most interviews I've seen try to portray him and his supporters as on the "fringe". The "reporters", including many on CNN, continually ask Dr. Paul if he is going to drop out and run as a Libertarian. They also persist in their attempts to incorrectly label Dr. Paul as an "isolationist", despite his explanation that he is NOT an isolationist, but a non-interventionist. They also fail to ask Dr. Paul to explain his positions on major issues of importance to the American people such as economic policy and the war, in favor of asking him ridiculous questions about a North American Union or conspiracy theories. Please start treating Dr. Paul fairly and asking him relevant questions about the important issues. What are you afraid of?

    Dr. Paul is rising in popularity notwithstanding the negative news coverage. This is clearly evidenced by the record breaking amounts of money his campaign has been collecting from small donors - i.e. regular people, not the elite or special interests - from all around the country.

    Despite all of the obstacles the MSM has thrown at him (lack of coverage, negative coverage, exclusion), Dr. Paul won 10% of the vote in Iowa (not far behind McCain and Thompson, and well ahead of Giuliani, who are all household names), and is currently polling higher than Thompson in NH. Not bad for someone most in the country have never heard of before.

    Finally, I watched CNN's coverage of the Iowa Caucus. I found it appalling that you did not show Ron Paul on the pie chart despite how close he was running to Thompson and McCain most of the night. Also, Ron Paul was not shown on the Republican chart despite his earning 10% of the vote and Giuliani was not shown with his 4% of the vote, while Richardson was shown on the Democrat chart with only 2% for most of the night. I hope you will be more fair in your coverage from now on.

    Go Ron Paul!!!!!
    Peace, Freedom, Prosperity
    Hope for America 2008

    January 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Tim

    Ron Paul has raised 20 million and 10% percent of the Iowa caucus votes. That's 1 out of ten people who believe that he should be the GOP candidate. The reason Fox is discriminating against him is because they are scared of the message that is being sent out by an extraordinary man and the message is truth, honesty, and freedom. Go Dr. Paul and shame on you Fox.

    January 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Brad

    Kudos to the New Hampshire Republican Party. If Fox wants to fix the debates, it's nice to know that at least there are some Republican leaders who haven't lost all their credibility.

    January 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. steve

    It only makes me wonder how long the media has been picking the canidates for the people,,can u say brain washing, its so easy to see now,, WAKE UP AMERICA.......ITS TIME TO TAKE YOUR COUNTRY BACK......Ron Paul 08

    January 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. susan chapler, m.d.

    It is simply absurd that a viable candidate isn't allowed to participate in the Fox event. Dr. Paul scares the mainstream Republicans. He's different, he speaks the truth and his record speaks for itself. He has not been bought. Fox has made a huge mistake.

    S. Chapler, M.D.
    North Coast, CA USA

    January 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Chris

    What was interesting was that after a called boycott of FOX and it's sponsors NewsCorp (Murdoch) took some pretty substantial and meaningful losses to its stock. I think this says a lot. just look at their performance, their ID is NWS (newscorp). Down 2.6% in 1 day.

    Maybe FOX will listen when they see that Ron Paul does count and the people who support them CAN make a difference.

    January 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Steve, Orlando, FL

    Fox News is a joke. Susan M, you are also obviously a joke as well. I have been a registered republican since the day I turned 18. I'm not even a Ron Paul supporter btw. From a pure journalistic point of view, Fox News is the most biased news agency I have ever seen/read/heard. I'm not big on laws, but the fact that they call themselves a 'news network' and not an editorial/opinion network is on the fence of legality. 'The only reason liberals don't like Fox News is because it shows both sides'????????? What?????? Are you out of your mind? I'm guessing the only reason YOU like Fox News is because you're an ignorant, middle class, Christian white person and Fox makes you feel like you're the center of the Universe.

    All that being said, Fox is a private network and I believe it is within their rights to not allow Paul and Hunter in the debate. Thankfully for us, there are other news agencies who are able to inform the general public of such an outrageous act and we are now allowed to decide what we think about it. Honestly, I think in the long run it will help Paul the most. The fact that he's not allowed in the debate has gotten more attention from the mainstream media than his entire campaign has received before.

    One last thing... WAKE UP SUSAN!

    January 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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