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
soundoff (871 Responses)
  1. JE

    Too bad the other candidates don't have the guts to drop out if Dr. Paul and Mr. Hunter are not included. Of course, they have no sense of fair play, I suppose. It's all about the exposure. Knowing it's just more of the same is more reason to stand for Dr. Paul's honesty and integrity.

    January 5, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Garrett Smith

    This is utter absurdity. FOX News' slogan 'Fair and Balanced' should be removed, it is CLEARLY a false statement. I for one will be BOYCOTTING ALL FOX AFFILIATES AND PROGRAMMING, and I urge all who disagree with this MALICIOUS ACT to do the same. It is an outrage that any self proclaimed 'Fair and Balanced' news agency would exclude ANY candidate, especially one who shows strong signs of a underdog upset victory.

    January 5, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. jonathan

    Fox News is making a fortune on sensational war news. Ron Paul wants to definetivly end the war. Perhaps Fox is protecting its bottom line?

    January 5, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. CC

    Day after day its the FOX talking heads who constantly beat the war drum, they more than any other news station repeatedly call on the United States to take charge and establish democratic governments in foriegn lands. Foreign lands where we have economic intrest anyway, I dont hear them calling for any intervention in Darfar. ON AIR they call for democracy world wide, yet here at home they deliberately and unashamedly undermining our very own democtratic process! Hipocrits !

    Regardless of personal views or who we chose to vote for come November, every American citizen has the right to hear from ALL presidential candidates and ALL candidates have earned the right to speak to the voters!! How incredibly disgusting that FOX claims to unbaised while pulling such a stunt and how arrogant they are to think the average American citizen is too stupid to see thru thier thinly veiled agenda.

    Every day I find yet another reason to chose CNN over FOX. With stupidity aplenty over there, I imagine they'll continue to give me even more reasons.

    January 5, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. Eric Stein

    I wish Fox would do the honest thing and just give in. Paul beat Rudy in Iowa, has 3rd place support in Rassmussen's latest NH poll, and Fox excludes him. It simply isn't honest or moral. Good for the NH GOP. Live free or die!

    January 5, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. buffalo, NY

    "limited space" ..... sure, sure.

    This is outrageous & I will NOT be watching the debate. Instead, I will be on YouTube later that evening hoping to find ive clips of Ron Paul's rally in Goffstown, NH, which is scheduled to run at the same time as the debate.

    There is no longer a need to depend on Big Media to deliver news and information. Ron Paul's voice is heard regardless.

    January 5, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. Frank

    If the other Republican candidates had any integrity (which they probably don't) they would all refuse to participate in the Faux News "debate."

    January 5, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. chris

    The big money establishment wants to shut Ron out because he'll change too many things in favor of the common man. The richest 1% of the U.S. population want to continue to get richer and don't really care about the common folk. They just want someone who will "play ball" their way in the oval office.

    January 6, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. Toni

    This is ridiculous that Ron Paul is being excluded. The media has been down playing him all along. What happened to people having issues with people "flip flopping"? Why wouldn't Ron Paul be of more interest to everyone that had an issue with that, since he is consistent?

    January 6, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  10. Jameson

    Hats off to the New Hampshire Republican Party. Job well done.

    January 6, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. Adam

    Ron Paul definitely deserves a spot after getting more votes than Guliani in Iowa, and leading the Facebook and Myspace polls by a landslide.

    January 6, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  12. Mark Kinney

    Well, of course this doesn't make any sense at all on so many levels.
    Let's just say that I won't be watching Fox News ever. I will also be boycotting their advertisers, and finding a list of other News Corp owned companies to boycott.

    That's what I think of this. I will not surrender my country to a company.

    January 6, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. Greg

    Very glad to see that the NH GOP has supported Hunter and Paul's right to be there! There si change coming and Fox will not be able to stop it. We the People....

    January 6, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. Raymond

    Faux news is unabashedly the mouthpiece of the GOP. There is nothing fair and balanced about them. Of course, neither is CNN. Recently I watched the bottom line on CNN and they referred to "Presidential Candidate Barack Obama" and "Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee". Then it was "White House HOPEFUL Hillary Clinton"!! Talk about BIAS!

    It's time the American people stood up and told the media we're sick of them making our decisions for us! Dr. Paul is our only true hope for America!

    January 6, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. mark

    GREAT MOVE New Hampshire. Stand up for Ron Paul's right to share his views. BRAVO! I'll have to bring my family to New Hampshire for a vacation and spend my tourism dollars in a state that stands up for the Constitution.

    January 6, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. Harry Sousani

    FOX supports the New World Order that Ron Paul wants to put a stop to. As long as we Americans stay "shut-up" about this and swallow it, it's gonna get worse for us. One by one, we will lose our liberties.

    January 6, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Dominic

    What Fox is doing is completely shameless, and contrary to what a free and independent news source should be doing.


    January 6, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Brandon

    i find it disturbing that none of the other candidates are pulling out. their all gut-less...

    January 6, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  19. Robbie

    Ron Paul deserves to be heard. Fox News is biased and has an agenda.

    January 6, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  20. Sharon

    Way to go GOP in New Hampshire! I'm a voting Republican and the media's calling the shots of who is in and who is out has me very upset. I want to hear more from the candidates not the polls. FOXX News I never watch! CNN and BBC when I want to know what is really going on in the world. I'm not always happy with CNN either, their headlines for news articles are often misleading and waste my time bringing them up to view!

    January 6, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  21. Tina

    I am very proud of the NH GOP for standing up for Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter. It is very dissappointing that the network that calls themselves "fair and balanced" has shown themselves to be just the opposite.
    All candidates have the right to be heard, and more importantly, WE THE VIEWERS have the rght to hear all of the candidates!!!
    It is time for us ALL to stand up for our rights in all areas.
    Only then will we begin to return to being the FREE country we once were!

    January 6, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  22. Diane Bernsdorff

    FOX News = censorship

    January 6, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. Dan Johnson

    As a staunch supporter of Ron Paul...I was extremely dissapointed to see that even though he was in DOUBLE DIGITS in the Iowa caucus AND Rudy did terribly there (in Iowa), it seems questionable that RUDY would be considered more of a front-runner. Fox News has gone from Fair and Balanced, to "right" leaning to full blown Neo-Con. That should be their new moniker...the NCN (Neo-Con Network). Given equal air time, Ron Paul AND Duncan Hunter would have a chance to propose their views to the nation. Shame on Fox.

    January 6, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. delburd

    Cool really no Ron Paul this is great you see its the Republican debate not the Libertarian Debate Paul should go enter the democratic debates his Surrender in Iraq is closer to their views and as long as he is taking money from George Soros and other far left groups he should just go with it !! Ron Paul 's biggest downfall are his supporters from around the world they continue to spew hate and spam every poll on the internet !! I am glad the sooner this idiot drops out the better RIP ron paul !! This is America trade your dollars for euros and move to France with your America hating supporters ! Ron Paul is a Traitor !!

    January 6, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Theresa

    Is anything in the media legitimate anymore? During this whole year campaigning, the mainstream media has done as much as they can to eliminate Ron Paul from getting his name & statements out there, too afraid that he will get more support and possibly beat out whoever it is that "the powers that be" want to be president.. How can you have a debate among the candidates when you don't include them all???

    January 6, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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