January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
3 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. Renee

    I would only vote for Ron Paul!!!! I don't like anyother candidates at all!!

    January 5, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. F.T. CT

    I have had Fixed News Channel blocked on my televisions for years because of their bias. I blocked it the same way undesirable channels are blocked.

    I will keep the block on Fixed News Channel. I think CNN'S Wolf Blitzer is biased in favor of Billary and he loves Joe Lieberman, the turncoat. I change the channel when Wolf Blitzer is on but I try to turn back to watch Jack Cafferty. I change again when Wolf Blitzer comes back on.

    Recall Turncoat Lieberman.
    Vote for Ron Paul, New Hampshire

    January 5, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Pete L.

    I knew this would happen. I felt it in my heart the other day ! YES ! Thank you Mr. Cullen and Thank you to the New Hampshire Republican Party.

    January 5, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Eric

    Kudo's for the New Hampshire Republican Party by taking this stance, it's nearly criminal for the Fox network to purposefully attempt to interfere with our election process by excluding valid candidates from such a forum. Shame on all those involved in such a decision, and those candidates who would participate under these terms also shoulder some responsibility. If any of them were ethical, they would protest the terms Fox is placing upon this sham.

    For Ron Paul to be excluded, after raising a RECORD amount of funding, winning nearly every internet poll related to prior debates HANDS DOWN.. certainly sounds like someone other than the American public is truly being served by such an act. (Perhaps the FCC license Fox has should be scrutinized as to whether they are actually serving a public service or not..)

    January 5, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. H Thomas

    FOX News Network should just go ahead and change it's name to The Neo-Con Network. Calling themselves Fair and balanced makes about as much sense as if Bill Clinton were to call himself Chaste and above reproach. lol

    January 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. FAIR TAX,LA.

    WHO are these people, that live in a dream world???

    January 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Mandy Nichols

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, NH GOP! This is big news, and a huge victory for the democratic process, and the people of the United States. Its about time we stand up for our right to fair and balanced coverage of our presidential candidates! We The People decide who to vote for, not big media! Go Ron Go!!

    January 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Nick Nero

    You have to ask: Why would a "news" organization have anything to gain by limiting the voice of one candidate who, despite not having any "real" support as defined by Fox's own metrics, has broken numerous fundraising records and is surging past others they are inviting to the debate in the NH polls. This certainly has the appearance of Fox News trying promote establishment candidates and singling out the only anti-war candidate by using a very specific set of selection criteria.

    Real news agencies should be about promoting differing views and not picking and choosing which views to evangelize to the voting public.

    January 5, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Scooter Johnson

    Isn't it just slightly rediculous that Fox would do something like this? Even excluding the numbers, which are obviously skewed in the favor of the media's pets, all of the candidates should have their day in the sun. To even make it worse, Fox said that despite the numbers, their stuio that they are having the debate in is TOO SMALL to hold all the candidates.... Please. You wanna talk about percentages? You want me to give you a number, FOX....? How about this. In the virtual primary that Myspace held this week, Ron Paul won the Republican side with 37% to Rudy's 2nd place 18% finish. That's domination by the Paulinator.

    There is a number for you, FOX.

    Well played New Hampshire.....

    January 5, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Michael leon

    The decision by Rupert Murdoch and Fox News to exclude any candidate from a potential debate in my opinion of just how "unfair and unbalanced" that particular news source really is.
    This really only hurts Fox News in the long run, with a loss of viewers and a potential boycott of its supporting sponsors, and a drop of thier stock.
    This is also a big blow to what little credibility Fox News had left. Myself and almost everyone I have talked to plans on sending a complaint directly to Rupert murdoch on behalf of the candidates who have been excluded from tomorrows debate.
    The American People should never allow the Corporate Media to decide who our candidates should be. That is very Un-American. And quite frankly flat out wrong.

    January 5, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Nik

    Its obvious that the media hates Dr. Ron Paul, yet no other candidate in history has raised money as quickly as Dr. Paul, nor has any other candidate been as honest on his policies then Dr. Paul

    January 5, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Steve

    I am happy that some attention is finally being focused on this. Apparently, FoxNews feels that we should only vote for candidates who have earned their approval. After 9/11, I thought their network was the only source for straight news. In recent years, I have had my eyes opened to the influence wielded by the "fair and balanced" network. So let the forum be billed as it truly should be: The FoxNews picks for the republican nomination. Hahahaha

    January 5, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. viewjackso

    Unfair.

    Roger: UnAmerican sums it up.

    January 5, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Brian

    Thank you NHRP for pulling out of this so called "debate"!

    Fox news gave excuse after excuse as to why the Hunter and Paul were excluded. They even claimed to not have enough studio space! They also changed terminology to "candidate forum".

    Fox news is anything but news. As Jon Stewart put it to C-Span in 2004 (available on youtube) Fox News is an activist organization, not a news source.
    Can you look me in the eye and tell me Sean Hannity doesn't have an agenda? Does anyone remember how disrespectful he was towards Ron Paul in the last Fox News debate?

    None of this matters in the end. New Hampshire voters are savvy and smart, these people follow politics like most follow football. I'm sure this "forum" won't sway them either way.

    January 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Samuel

    As a true supporter of the Ron Paul campaign, I wasn't shocked to see him excluded. My reasons for so are simple. Washington and the media are scared of him. He is true, and intelligent. He knows what America needs...and that's why he's been excluded. From saying this, I feel that America needs to wake up and see what their country is turning into...

    January 5, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. Melissa

    Completely ridiculous. Everyone should have a shot. I am not tuning into Fox's debate because of this.

    January 5, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Joshua F.

    I used to be a fan of the FOX news channel, but this is clearly unfair. Ron Paul placed ahead of Guliani in Iowa and is polling ahead of Thompson in New Hampshire, yet Paul is still excluded. The NH Republican party did the right thing by withdrawing from the event.

    January 5, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. rickjonesprojects

    It's great that Fox is again exposed as a Neo-Con partner-in-crime, but not so great that the general public is so oblivious to all this.

    January 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. DeclanMcRoy

    What Fox News is doing is unbelievable. You'd be hard pressed to find a more un-American thing. Shame on Fox News.! You have no idea how many viewer you have lost.

    January 5, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Shane

    Respect to the New Hampshire GOP for respecting the democratic process, unlike Fox News. How can a network claim to be fair and balanced when they unfairly exclude two candidates from their debate and unbalance the dialogue by only allowing candidates that fit into their narrowly defined view of what the GOP should be. Healthy debate brings real solutions.

    Watching the other GOP candidates in the debate is ridiculous! They all say essentially the same things with minor variations and then attack each other's throats over the minute differences. Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate bringing a different view to the table, one that is based on the principles this country was created with. And he is being excluded and ridiculed for that?

    Preposterous!

    January 5, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Pete Kaminski

    I think it's a shame that Fox News, a news network that prides itself for being patriotic, would decide to exclude Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter even if the channel thinks Paul and Hunter are wasting more 'serious' candidates' time to express their views, or do not agree with Ron Paul's views on America and true conservatism. To exclude any candidate from a debate or 'forum' takes away the candidate's opportunity to attract voters and express themselves on an equal plain with their opponents. This decision makes Fox News look corrupt and biased, which is not something a news organization should be. They are taking away both Paul and Hunter's freedom of speech and expression. Fox News should be embarrassed. Kudos to the New Hampshire GOP for sticking up for the lesser known candidates!

    January 5, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Matthias Goodley Hays, KS

    Fox News can have whoever they want at their debate. It is purely their decision, but it is not a wise one. It only goes to show that it is a biased news organization with a reputation for bad journalism. Moreover, the exclusion of Ron Paul from the debate only makes him more popular.

    January 5, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. John

    Big big props to the NH Republican party for withdrawing their sponsorship of the debate,. They did the right thing.

    January 5, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Andrew Smith, Haslett, MI

    January 5, 2008 3:08 pm ET

    To any Ron Paul supporter, your candidate is an idiot. He plans to bring every single American soldier in Japan, Germany, South Korea and elsewhere around the world, home. What are these millions of troops going to do when Paul cuts down the military? He plans to turn all the navy ships around and return them to port. He wants to dismantle the IRS and dozens of other government funded organizations, firing tens of thousands of employees. With 5% unemployment, where are these fired workers going to go?

    Support John McCain and make your vote mean something.

    John McCain is a good man, but you are not. There is NO REASON to have troops in Japan, Germany, Korea, Europe, or any of the other 130 countries in which we have military bases. Why are they there? We are trying to maintain an American empire and we can not afford it. What the hell do we need with troops in these countries? Are we so afraid that they will attack us, that we need to keep troops everywhere possible JUST IN CASE somebody decides to take a shot at the US? Such stupidity.

    Secondly, the government is a MONSTER. It is a huge bureaucracy which is interfering in our ability to run out own lives, taxing us to death, legislating our virtue and stripping away our personal liberties. Do you really think you can get rid of the IRS overnight? Of course not! Dr. Paul has transition plans for eliminating all of these agencies in an orderly manner, such as introducing tax credits first before taking down the IRS, returning control of schools to schoolboards and local governments before dismantling the Dept. of Education and eliminating the unnecessary bureaucracy and cutting government spending so we don't NEED the IRS to generate revenue. There will not suddenly be millions of unemployed former government workers suddenly out on the street. Use some sense!

    January 5, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Iowa Hawkeye

    Sounds like a great reason to stop watching FOX. Let's see if any other network will step up and start giving Ron Paul some credit. On CNN after the caucuses, they wouldn't even put him on their pie chart, even though he has almost as many votes as Thompson and McCain. ABC right now is ignoring the Facebook polls that show that Ron Paul has a very high margin of support. Thank goodness we have the internet so we can occasionally get some real news. These "news" networks should be ashamed of the role they play in distorting opinion in America. But, to do something of this magnitude, I believe, merits a boycott of FOX's advertisers. Way to go, New Hampshire Republicans! Glad to hear someone still stands for transparency and freedom.

    January 5, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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