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. V Fied

    I just want to say thankyou to FoxNews for generating more media and more attention for Ron Paul by not allowing him to participate in this debate/forum. He has received more media coverage, in my opinion, by this single event than if they would have quietly let him be included in the debate. Think about how much national coverage there has been about this whole ordeal!! So, for adding fuel to the fire of the want/need for change, thank you fox news for giving Ron Paul FREE and EXCESSIVE media coverage and airtime by not allowing him just that.

    Ironic, isn't it.

    Ron Paul in '08!

    January 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. jimmy

    The people keeping Ron outta the debate are the same people that put a bullet in Kennedy's head right in the living room of the American People....

    AND GOT AWAY WITH IT!

    January 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Magneto

    I find Ron Paul to be an even more fascinating candidate now that Fox has attempted to sensor him. Fox's overt censorship is even tackier than NPR has been about Paul and other candidates.

    Well, Paul would be first to defend Fox's (and its parent corporation) freedom to do as they choose. People now have the impetus and freedom to sell their Fox stock, boycott their advertisers and cancel any associated services. Interesting how that works.

    January 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Ashley Evans

    It's so funny how FoX tries to push Guiliani onto the network constantly... and he still falls behind. Each candidate should have airtime.. for SOME crazy reason, the media doesn't want

    RON PAUL'S

    message to get out.... have you ever wondered WHY???
    Maybe because the media works WITH the government.... hmmm... weird.

    http://www.RonPaul2008.com

    January 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Nathaniel

    As many have said already I find it very unfair that Mr. Paul is being excluded. Iowa proved that he has a strong backing which is growing fast. I've heard that his supporters are pushing for a Fox boycott and I think that is a great idea. They will get the idea sooner or later.

    January 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Red Baron

    Too bad Fox News, Ron Paul is even going to get more attention now!
    The truth will be heard one way or another Fox!

    Research and learn about Ron Paul People!

    Do it! Do it now!

    January 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. lily

    what a shame. specifically ron paul, one of the few candidates that actually has a backbone on him. as a constitutionalist, they're probably afraid of him. but what others have said is right, such actions on the part of fox news will probably help more support dr. paul.

    it's time we had a constitutionalist as president.

    support ron paul!

    January 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Bill23

    I know folks who aren't Paul supporters and are sickened with this. It will hurt Paul in the election but highlights the conflict of interest in our crooked media. The internet mediums are a few more years away from exposing how media influences perception and how perception becomes reality.

    January 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Arcterus

    It was completely wrong to only include candidates who FOX deemed were the top tiers. The only reason Ron Paul isn't as popular as he could be(and believe me, he already has enough support to win this election), is because the mass media like FOX News censors and avoids him. He's polling better than some of these candidates in certain states, yet he's being excluded. Utterly ridiculous!

    January 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Chance Rush

    FOX has always been against Ron Paul... FOX is a biased lying machine for the NEO-cons, it is far from fair, never balanced. It does not surprise me the excluded Dr. Paul, and just proves it is a propaganda channel, NOT a news channel... Why anyone watches that station to get their news is beyond me.

    January 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Way to go NH GOP!! You made the right decision!! As for Fox (Faux) News, I have been a regular watcher for over 8 years. NEVER AGAIN!!! They have proven to me that their slogan of "Fair and Balanced" is nothing more than an empty slogan! If they were fair, they would let Paul and Hunter in the debate. If they are so dedicated to excluding these candidates, even at the loss of the state party support and sponsorship, one has to assume that they have a clear agenda!!

    January 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Bill23

    I know folks who aren't Paul supporters and are sickened with this. It will hurt Paul in the election but highlights the conflict of interest with the crooked media. The internet mediums are a few more years away from exposing how the media influences perception and how perception becomes reality.

    January 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Anthony Adams

    They're just scared of Ron Paul, afraid he's going to strip the government down to what it was originally intended to be and they'll lose their power as world provider of selectively edited news. Screw FOX, Ron Paul is the man.

    January 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. michelle ortega Glendale Arizona

    I dont watch cnn anymore and it does not matter that ron paul was excluded.I will be voting for him no matter.

    January 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Greggory, Visalia CA

    the media has too much power over the people's mindset giving air time to whom ever supports their agenda. this country is being manipulated by CNN and FOX. Ron Paul would be the most popular one out of all if the media wasn't so busy doing things like excluding him from important events. it seems to me they go to great lengths to make sure Ron Paul isn't heard by the masses and this has end.

    January 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Justin

    I think this should be a pretty good sign to those in the Live Free or Die state to make a decision for freedom....
    They have exluded most of the Major Ron Paul news.... You cant rely on them to tell you anything about how Dr. Paul is doing... However if you want to know what Clinton or Obama, or Rudy, or Mccain ate for breakfast its in the top stories of the day.... ABc not much better but a little, Mainstream media does this type of thing... Rudy visited Iowa more than Ron Paul, he lost to Ron Paul in Iowa, Rudy is in it, Paul is not.... See what I mean.... Odd how things go...

    January 5, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    susan m,

    Why did Fox News air a piece that basically portrays Ron Paul as a liberal conspiracy theorist e.g. he thinks "9/11 was an inside job"?

    Why did Fox News exclude Ron Paul from the debate after he raised 6 million in one day?

    Why did Fox News choose Alan Combs as the "Democrat" commentator?

    Why did Fox News bribe two of it's journalist to "dumb down" a story about the negative effects of the bovine growth hormone?

    Keep spouting your propaganda, your empty symbolism, and your labels.

    Eventually, everyone will FEEL the truth.

    January 5, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Cody

    How can they leave out the candidate who has broke records raising money, and who has received more donations from military members than any other candidate? Fox is not even trying to hide their bias, and we should continue to boycott their sponsors until they change their minds. Ron Paul has done VERY well in straw polls, and beat
    Rudy in Iowa....Fox News has made yet another horrible decision to benefit their own agenda.

    January 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Jonathan N

    susan m,

    Why did Fox News air a piece that basically portrays Ron Paul as a liberal conspiracy theorist e.g. he thinks "9/11 was an inside job"?

    Why did Fox News exclude Ron Paul from the debate after he raised 6 million in one day?

    Why did Fox News choose Alan Combs as the "Democrat" commentator?

    Why did Fox News bribe two of it's journalist to "dumb down" a story about the negative effects of the bovine growth hormone?

    Keep spouting your propaganda, your empty symbolism, and your labels.

    Eventually, everyone will FEEL the truth.

    January 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Ray, Tennessee

    I applaud the NH GOP and Fergus Cullen for making the right choice! Thank you for taking a firm stand on this issue.

    Americans are fed up with the huge media organizations attempting to control our elections.

    Liberty and Freedom for All!

    January 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Jack

    I think Ron Paul should show up uninvited, surrounded by large body guards with taser protective gear and storm the FOX NEWS debates. Why not get media attention the wrong way for once?

    Or maybe in some more tame fashion.

    He's been nothing but fair and respectful to a slew of dark forces and it has worked. It's what got his support, but not the airtime.

    January 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. sophia

    Yeaaaaa! New Hampshire GOP! Someone is trying to support fair and honest reporting, I am impressed!! As for the exclusion of Ron Paul by Fox, it's just another sign of our times. The Bilderberg Elitists are trying to control us by limiting our information on candidates who do not bow to them and their plan for global control. We are one nation under God. We are THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and WE THE PEOPLE WILL STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT BY WRITING IN OUR VOTES FOR RON PAUL IN NOV 2008! The Revolution is unstoppable! May God bless us all to become informed voters in this most important election of our lives. LET NOTHING STOP YOU!

    January 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Steve Schram

    Outrage at the exclusion of Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter. Both voices needs to be heard.

    January 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Thank you CNN! FOX's loss is your gain. Run with it. We won't take the manipulation any longer! This is America and should Joe down the street wish to run, so be it. Who gets elected and how is OUR choice. Big money should buy advertising, not biased coverage. Fair and Balanced should read Fraudulent B.S.

    January 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Michael Ullrich

    Fox news you and your sponsers I am done with so much for your fair and balanced news coverage. you suck

    January 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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