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
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  1. I White

    Fox news should change their slogan from "Fair and Balanced" to "Fake and Biased". It is completely unacceptable for any sector of journalism to play out any particular political agenda, and yet Fox News does so each and every day. From the stories they run, the slant on those stories, to the hardcore right-wing major employee majority, or the silencing and ridicule of other viewpoints. Though it is a shame he is being excluded, none of this is new to Ron Paul. They've been against him from the moment he set himself apart from the rest of his cookie cutter opponents in this Republican presidential race. The problem that they keep running into every time they do something like this though, is that it just shows the world the true nature of Fox News, and creates more publicity for Congressman Paul. In the end, that's really all it takes for Paul to gain support since the message is so sound, and the man himself has such integrity.

    January 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Mike Linderman

    As a member of the free state project, i know personally the attitudes of the people in the Live Free or Die state. They have consistantly voted for underdogs, and for the few that stand up against the status quo. Ron Paul with his anti-tax/pro-freedom views is gonna surprise a lot of people after the primaries, especially the unfair, biased media.

    January 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. BigMaN

    Excluding Ron Paul from the forum displays two very transparent attempts to manipulate the system. One, they are furthering the agenda of Fascism and war profiteering of the Neo-Conservatives and two, they fear that Ron Paul could ruin their stronghold on corporate media. FOX cannot spin this and dismiss it as a lunatic fringe anymore. The movement is too strong. FOX is losing sponsors, getting blasted with emails and phone calls, losing value for their shareholders and losing viewership inspite of their attempts to thwart the peaceful revolution that is on the march. Ron Paul may not become the next President of the United States, but a great deal of damage will be done to FOX Media Corporation before it is all over.

    Good luck Mr. Murdoch.


    January 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. JA

    Are we really surprised at this injustice...

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

    This just sounds like something that would have gone on in Nazi Germany. I like what Lorenz posted above.

    NH poll

    McCain 31 (+4 vs. 12/18)
    Romney 26 (-5)
    Paul 14 (+7)
    Huckabee 11 (nc)
    Giuliani 8 (-5)
    Thompson 5 (+2)

    Enough said.

    January 5, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Randy Underwood

    Im glad their doing this. It aids in exposing them for what they are, the propoganda arm of neo conservative movement. It adds fuel to the fire of the enlightend who understand that we live under a softer form of fascism. Controlled media, controlled debates by those that are to be reporting news, not using subtle gestures to discount and marginalize. Were on to them, we handed them the rope in Ron Paul and they have hung themselves. Boycott their advertisers and tell them why.

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

    Thank You New Hampshire!

    I believe Ron Paul just needs a little exposure and most Americans will see the sensibility of Ron Pauls message

    January 5, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Jeff

    This time last week I had a great deal of respect for Fox Network. This week I have none! They truly want us to believe that the fox set is too small for a debate that could impact world history? I could see how a liberal would fall for such hogwash but not me....

    January 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. David

    When has Fox news ever been fair and balanced????? Hell other than seeing something from fox news on you tube (usually one of their employees looking like a total moron) I don't even bother with them. Nothing more than a TV version of The National Enquirer as far as "facts" go.
    They should have a warning label on the bottom of the TV screen. Viewing "our" crap kills more brain cells than smoking dope! However instead they are "allowed" to host a presidential debate?
    Things like this make me ashamed of what this country has become and of the people that overlook it. Glad to see some of this making the main stream media for a change.

    January 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Jean

    I believe they should include Ron Paul considering he has won the majority of past debates polls, and he finished 5th in Iowa beating Rudy Guliani and Fred Thompson.

    January 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Jonathan Cringan

    I am a strong supporter of Ron Paul.

    However, Fox News should be free to choose who they wish ti invite to THEIR forum. As much as I would love to see Paul in the forum, Paul is trailing heavily in the polls. Fox's decision not to include Paul in the forum is likely a business decision. The public will likely value the opportunity to see the other candidates in more detail than see more candidates in less detail.

    January 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Jason Fuerst

    I think it is unfair and discriminatory to any candidate who was not invited to participate at the event. Every candidate is allowed their justifiable shot. By only having the invited candidates, who happen to be the most popular, it is telling the American public that the other candidates don't stand a chance, so let's not invite them.

    That's not fair and it's not right. If you're doing a GOP forum with candidates ALL must be invited, not just the ones who Fox News or the GOP wants to show. News coverage is supposed to be for the people. Party debates are supposed to be for the people. To show them options, decisions and to let them get informed on every option there is out there.

    I am not for one party or one candidate in particular. I don't know who I am going to vote for in the primaries. But as a citizen of the United States, I feel it is my right, and every one else's to be informed on all of their possible options. Maybe a lesser known candidate might have a platform that is better suited for us. Maybe not. It's for us to decide and I think by having the news and the GOP determine who will be presented to us just in time for primaries is not fair to the other candidates and not fair to the people.

    We have the right to see everyone. They have the right to be on the forum. I'm not saying it's possible that that Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter or Tom Tancredo may appeal more to the public than Giuliani or McCain. The polls don't lie (for the most part). They show who the country is leaning towards, which is why I understand Fox's stance on only inviting the popular candidates.

    But that shouldn't matter. The Political Machine and the News should not be telling me who my options are and who to vote for. All announced candidates have the right to be on that forum, just like We the People have the right to see all of our options.

    What Fox News is doing is not fair to the people and not fair to the candidates. Let them talk to us, and let us choose.

    We live in a Democracy, or at least that's what it's supposed to be. If we can't live in one let's at least try and fake it better?

    January 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Samson

    Fox's treatment of these two candidates is absolutely horrid, anti-American and down right sleazy. Has fox ever considered mabey some(or most) of us want more choice than hillary obama or huckabee? Ron pual is going to be the next prez, this kind of behavior just makes fox look like what it truly is.........another greedy lame corporation out for money and not the common man or well being of this country. Ron Pual '08 and 2012

    January 5, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Cory A.

    I think its outrageous and completely unAmerican to exclude any canidate. Who is Fox News to dictate who the front runners are and arent?

    January 5, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. justin goodman

    the establishment is afraid. boycott everything fox and rupert murdoch are a part of. this is disgusting. i'm a ron paul supporter, but anyone who runs for president should never be excluded. does anyone remember how guliani, mccain, romney, and thompson didn't even bother to show up to the pbs minorities debate?!?!?!? these people are not fit to be president. does anyone remember who just set the record for highest donation total in a single day in history?!?!?!?! defend the constitution. RONPAUL2008.COM

    January 5, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Tsukibara

    I stopped watching Fox recently. All they care about is their agenda of rigged elections. hacked voting machines, counting ballots in private rather than public, letting true candidates not have a say.

    January 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Aiden


    January 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. joshua l

    I want all the major media to understand one thing (this includes you CNN). The American people know very well what's going on in the world today and we're not just going to blame Bush and Cheney, we're looking you guys dead in your eyes as well. No lies, report the truth and stop giving free rides to scum like Huckabee. We see through the deceit and we'll remember all the smiling, talking heads that screwed us out of our freedom. Revolutions have always happened throughout history, and are rarely pretty, so please keep that in mind.

    January 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. George

    Both Fox News and CNN are unprofessional. Neither can stand up for what is right in a democratic society. Obviously those running our media failed to pay attention even in grade school.

    January 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Steph

    I'm not surprised about this at all, but it obvious that every candidate should have the opportunity to participate, not just those whom Fox deems viable. It's outrageous. And they're scraping for any excuse for it, going as far as to say their "studios aren't big enough" to allow for all the candidates to participate.

    AND Ron Paul BEAT Guiliani in the Iowa caucus. What a joke.

    No one should watch Fox news anyways, hopefully this will help further expose this awful, biased network (check out outfoxed dot org for more).

    January 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. lannij

    I am pleased to learn that the NH GOP is standing up for what is right!

    Why is Fox News allowed to discriminate against anyone when they are using the public airways to do so? Especially when our national elections, part of the bedrock of our democracy, are involved!

    It is criminal what Fox News is doing and I hope it costs them dearly. The FCC should look at pulling their license.

    January 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Chris Cagle

    I think they're opening the eyes of those they had hoped would remain closed by doing this...

    January 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Ron Page

    Fox News has really insulted many, many people by excluding these candidates- PARTICULARLY Ron Paul!

    January 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Free Thinker

    I dont praise any media today. None can be trusted to tell the truth. I do believe in Ron Paul and what he stands for. Fox News is a socialist network that should be dismantled by the people after Ron Paul is elected. They are a public service. Even privately owned they need not exist if they are not for the Americans that they take money from.
    They infact with this stunt have caused their own dismise as a media,I am having my friends who support Ron Paul pull their advertizing from there stations and use others. I am still not saying theres any stations or reporters left that have integrity.

    Long Live the Ron Paul Revolution

    January 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Joe

    Murdoch and Faux News don't want people to hear Paul's message.

    January 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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