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
soundoff (871 Responses)
  1. Phil Memphis, TN

    Wow, someone actually called out the Fixed Neo-con Network. Republicans fighting with Republicans. What could be better!

    January 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Jason

    Ron Paul supporters will be heard one way or another during the fox forum. They will be there 1000+ strong at the fox forum.

    January 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Karl in Jacksonville, FL

    Fox news is completely worthless. Period.

    January 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Rik from MN

    This is ridiculous. No one with a good chance to win should be excluded from this debate. If the people want Ron Paul, then give them Ron Paul. With his numbers growing as rapidly as they are there is no reason for him to be "biased out," if you will.

    January 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Fred

    People need tot alk about this.Pual took votes at a 3.5 to 1 ratio over Guliani but he is not in the debate.The fix is in .We are no longer free when pollas decide the countries presidents.And worse yet if we dont even decide the president.Fox should be asshamed.Tell your friends ,your co workers this is a attack on our freedom.

    January 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Michael Reed

    Shame on Fox News for not allowing a legitimate contender to enter the ring. The reality of the situation is that Ron Paul knocks out all his opponents and Fox couldn't take the heat! Fair & unbalanced is hardly the words I would use to describe this situation!

    January 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Michelle Plumley

    I'm sick of the mainstream media only covering who they see as the "popular" candidate. I want to watch the news to see ALL of it, not just what they pick and choose. I'm voting/rooting for Ron Paul and may not vote for anyone else if he doesn't make the cut just because it angers me of the unfairness of the news coverage. Its a shame that main stream media has so much power that it can help determine the Next President of the United States based on who they want to give airtime too. The debates have not been fair to everyone, giving more time for stupid arguments about Illegal immigrants doing yard work instead of asking the most important questions to every candidate!!!! and letting us hear an answer from EVERY candidate.

    January 5, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. DENNIS

    RON PAUL IS NOT PART OF THE" MILITERY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ",OR ANY OTHER COMPANY THAT MAKES BIG BANK OFF THIS HORRIBLE MIKSTAKE OF A WAR . So if RON PAUL gets in office alot of high ranking officials pay will be cut "NO WAR NO MONEY" you see they dont want this war to end RON PAUL has answers they dont like answers soo they take him off the menue bored.and leave us choices that will only continue in death destruction weakenig of the dallar. The fact is we have a run away goverment that now tells us what we will do reguardless of our rights givin to us by the law binding CONSTITUTION.

    January 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Michelle Plumley

    oh, I forgot to add..... I'll turn to CNN first from now on!!! you always get more opinion than news from good ole fixed news anyway!!

    January 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Mark

    Fox news = Anti-American

    January 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Chip Vogel Eudora, KS

    Anyone notice there won't be any voters at this forum either?
    Yep...none of those hicks, rubes and yokels there cheering Paul this time. FTFY
    You will see the "randomly" picked focus group afterward telling you which candidate to vote for.

    January 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. ryan

    let us stand up and show the abusers of the fist amendment that we will silence thier lies with our turned backs. Let us show the ever growing oppersive goverment that we have not forgotten to whom they serve. May We the People once again control the fate of our great nation and restore our dignity and honor not only to ourselves but to the world. I honestly belive Ron Paul is our only hope to rectify the wrongs of so many years passed. It is no wonder that they try as hard as they can to silence the voice that will bring about real change, the voice of the people, the voice of RON PAUL and the rEVOLution !!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Adama Anderson

    I guess Fox News gets to decide who runs for President now.

    January 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Ty

    This is all a good example of how some media organizations are more or less money machines for certain individuals. They exclude what they want and add in filler materials, then present it as "news" when in fact it is nothing more than a one sided view of a given topic.

    I know twelve year olds who can report the news more factually than FOX.

    January 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Katrina Getz

    It's good to see that somewhere there is support of all the candidates, Ron Paul has been marginalized by mainstream media for most of the last yr. yet a candidate called a news conference to say that he doesn't have the money to conduct a smear campaign. instead of not playing it they joyfully leap in to help. It's long past time for the news to stop acting like cheap tabloid reporters.

    January 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Sean Turner, Dallas, TX

    Fox (Faux/Fake/Fictional/Farcical/F'd Up) "News" Network is simply another one of the primary propagandists for the Establishment in this place we call America. They, like all other main stream media are influenced, cajoled, or otherwise paid for by those that comprise and/or support the Establishment. And those that fail to believe this are either willfully ignorant or naive.

    Unfortunately, most of America seems to support the Establishment, or the current status quo - otherwise, Ron Paul would have been elected to the Presidency back in 1988, and other candidates who support true liberty would have occupied the Office since.

    Now that we have the Internet, it is becoming increasingly difficult for mainstream media to program the millions of "sheeple" who mindlessly vote for Establishment candidates. Since mainstream media has become part of the Establishment, those who run it will do all in their power to thwart Ron Paul, and others who seek to weaken it.

    This blatant censorship and inculcation is nothing new for FNN, CNN, et al. Until the masses of people wake up and stop supporting the existence and growth of the Establishment, then this shameless bias will remain a mainstay for the foreseeable future.

    January 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. moonslippers

    So they let Dr. Paul in this "forum"........then they don't allow him to say a word......Faux News is NOT fair and balanced. They are bought reporters that think they can tell the American public how to think, how to act, and how to vote. I'm impressed with the NH Rep Party. I think this says volumns as to their belief in their Party and what it means to be an American.

    I call for a march right down the middle of the main drag the "Forum" is on with shouting Ron Paul supporters so loud they can hear us in the "Forum" room......but then we would just be a bunch of "crazies" instead of fed up American citizens struggling to have our voice heard. Lets March!!!!!! Its our God given right.

    January 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Casey Hobart, IN

    I just finished watching "Mr.Smith Goes To Washington." And it reminded me of what's happening to Ron Paul. I think every American should see that movie. Because it's exactly what's happening right now to Dr. Paul.
    I applaud the NH Republican Party for sticking up for our Mr. Smith.

    Ron Paul Cured My Apathy!

    January 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Andy K. Kuo

    Way to go NH GOP!

    January 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. sean

    Do some research on Guiliani's Lobbying group and it's ties to fox news, and Rudy's past involvement with getting the fox channel & bloomberg TV added to the NY cable system(using public tv channels) I think that explains it all. Newscorp stock has already dropped, I hear people are considering selling short, I think this will probably carry on to fox sponsors too.....serves 'em right

    January 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Kyle

    Thanks to FOX they have taught the American Public to get their news from the INTERNET instead of watching FOX.
    INTERNET NEWS for the TRUTH.
    Watch how more and more people turn to online news coverage instead of TV news. Watch how the TV Media is only viewed as "ENTERTAINMENT ONLY".

    January 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. James

    So what els should we expect from the most bias media outlet in the nation. I mean come on this is Fox. But, it's absolutely ridiculous! Any chance they can get to eliminate Ron Paul and his message. Sad what this country has come to!!

    January 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    just goes to show you how the new world order works

    January 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. TC_in_CT

    IMHO, it would be absolutely fabulous is the candidates that have been invited to debate show up...and then walk off the stage ...
    As a show of solidarity moment for all underdog AMERICANS !

    I'm a staunch Democrat, who applauds the New Hampshire Republican Party for doing the right thing.

    January 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Matt Davis

    Don't buck the system! This is just another attempt to suppress what real people want. And yes.....FOX SUX!

    January 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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