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. Jeremiah

    I served in the Air Force for 4 years.
    I am a father.
    Fox insults Ron Paul supporters everyday.
    But excluding Dr. Paul was the worst insult of all.

    I love my country.
    SrA Jeremiah

    January 6, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  2. Jordan

    Ron Paul should definitely be allowed to participate in the New Hampshire debate. As a young person (twenty-two) who used to be politically apathetic, Dr. Paul has given many people within my generation hope for this country's government. Fox's exclusion of him in order to cater to it's preferred candidates is only proof of what many people in my generation believe and hold responsible for their political apathy: it's all fixed, and our voices don't matter. Dr. Paul gives my generation a voice and hope; his message deserves to be broadcast.

    Our country was founded on the ideal of all voices being heard no matter what. Censorship and exclusion is what drove us away from mother England in the first place. If a candidate has run, no matter who he his, he has a right to participate in ALL presidential debates.

    As for Fox, I am sorely disappointed with the company and will be boycotting it as much as possible. They are not "fair and balanced."

    January 6, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. John

    Good! Everyone deserves equal representation, there is no reason to exclude someone from an important debate where everyone will learn about each candidate.

    Shame on fox news.

    January 6, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. Danielle

    When I found out about Fox News excluding Ron Paul, I wasn't surprised. It really bothered me but I knew that his campaign would get a lot of (needed) attention because of it. It warmed my heart when I found out that the NH GOP party pulled their support from Fox because of it. Talk about BLOWBACK! (Perhaps if Fox News decided to listen to and learn from Ron Paul at all, they would have been wise enough to consider the possible blowback they would receive for this biased stunt.) Fox News, you can't silence us... we are fully awake and fully informed in spite of your attempts to hush this revolution.

    January 6, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. resistrevolt

    It is unfortunate Congressman Ron Paul was excluded from the Fox debates. His presidential campaign raised nearly $20 million in the 4th Quarter. He has the most rock-solid political platform, yet he is excluded for what reason?

    Ron even beat Rudy in Iowa.

    January 6, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. Brian, Massachusetts

    This is a perfect example of our corrupt government controlling the media. Ron Paul has been the only candidate speaking out against our current 'evil empire', and the only one wanting to change things back to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and he gets little to no media coverage from the major networks. Only the 'special interests' candidates get all the good press, because if they get elected, the greasing of the pockets will continue.

    January 6, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |

    Dont be suprised that Ron PAul wont be on Faux news ... it is run by the NWO –

    Go Ron Paul

    January 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  8. LSD Saint

    Bravo to the NH GOP for their integrity and action.

    Obama 08' Perfect Love casteth out all fear

    January 6, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Nathan E.

    .........................Facebook Supporters
    Ron Paul .....................*37.38%*
    Mike Huckabee.......... 17.28%
    Mitt Romney .................14.32%
    Fred Thompson ..........10.62%
    John McCain ................10.43%
    Rudy Giuliani ...............9.07%

    Ron Paul is more popular than what the media will let anyone know....
    This is just from facebook supporters....
    Notice how he is way ahead of everyone else....
    Not to mention that his is the #1 looked up GOP runner on Youtube also....
    So FOX is clearly NOT the number 1 news channel that they would like to clam to be!!!!!!!!!
    Cause if they were so great then they would know how important Ron Paul really is and that goes for ALL NEWS MEDIA who over look Ron Paul and his true impact!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  10. mike g

    there is no question about why ron was not invited. he makes alot of people very nervous. look at what has happened since the start of the boycott....."Fox News parent company NewsCorp (NWS/NYSE) has lost over $3 billion in market capitalization in less than a week as the stock plummeted to a 52 week low". you are telling me that one of the "lowest polling" candidates can make one of the "largest corporations" in the country loose this much cash flow??? who in the hell runs those polls anyways right? as i drive around my city of about 40k people, i sure dont see ANY clinton, romney or even obama signs. this place is covered with RON PAUL signs and nothing else! the Bilderbergs had better wake up before its too late.....for them.

    oh yeah here are some of the Bilderberg members

    Attendees of Bilderberg include central bankers, defense experts, mass media press barons, government ministers, prime ministers, royalty, international financiers and political leaders from Europe and North America.

    Some of the Western world's leading financiers and foreign policy strategists attend Bilderberg. Donald Rumsfeld is an active Bilderberger, as is Peter Sutherland from Ireland, a former European Union commissioner and chairman of Goldman Sachs and of British Petroleum. Rumsfeld and Sutherland served together in 2000 on the board of the Swedish/Swiss engineering company ABB. Former U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary and former World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz is also a member, as is Roger Boothe, Jr. The group's current chairman is Etienne Davignon, the Belgian businessman and politician.

    January 6, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  11. Ed Smith, Palm Springs, CA

    What FOX/ NWS News Corp. is doing is completely unacceptable and They need to understand and their advertisers / sponsors need to understand that there will be consequences for this deliberate unethical attempt at manipulating America's political process. FOX/ NWS News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch can be reached at his email address, rmurdoch @ newscorp. com. I encourage all Ron Paul & Duncan Hunter supporters to contact him (please be polite) to let him know that there will be a permanent boycott of all advertisers/ sponsors of any and all Fox network programming as a result of their actions regarding Sunday's primary debate. Ron Paul supporters and anyone else interested can sign up for boycott information at boycott4freedom08 . com. Thank you.
    -Ed Smith

    January 6, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Tess

    CNN you have just gain a full-time viewer, especially now that I have boycotted the neocons at Foxnews. Thank you for printing this information on the unethical and corrupt news coverage on our Presidential election by Foxnews. I am glad that the New Hampshire GOP has pulled their support from Foxnews on this forum.

    Thanks CNN

    January 6, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
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    January 6, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  14. Wayne, Norwood MO

    Let Paul debate. He's definitely a viable GOP candidate. He pretty much tied for 3rd in Iowa (ahead of Giuliani). He's showing 3rd in NH Polls (ahead of Huckabee, Giuliani, and Thompson). Come to think of it – why is Giuliani in this debate?

    NH Poll Iowa Combined
    ---– --- ----–
    Romney 26% + 25% = 51%
    Huckabee 11% + 34% = 45%
    McCain 31% + 13% = 44%
    Paul 14% + 10% = 24%
    Thompson 5% + 13% = 18%
    Giuliani 8% + 3% = 11%

    January 6, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  15. Gary

    I have stopped going to Fox News. They are consistenly rude, pig-headed, and biased beyond belief. This is coming from a conservative Republican. They have no shame for what they have done. I think as the internet has grown and alternative media outlets present themselves, the biased media sources like Fox will become increasingly more irrelevant. trhey already have for me and many of my friends. Bye-Bye to Fox!

    January 6, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. Etienne

    wow Fox really is not fair and balanced where it comes to what we want to see.........

    January 6, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  17. larry

    Fox news falls deeper into illegitimacy.

    January 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. Heidi

    I think it's wonderful that the GOP is choosing to back out. Leaving out Ron Paul is not fair nor balanced. Dr. Paul has many wonderful ideas that are so different from the mainstream, yet so right for our country. I think this scares people, including Fox, who are happy with the status quo. Shame on them for trying to silence Dr. Paul and Mr. Hunter.

    January 6, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. Chris

    Charles, you are dreaming. Everyone knows that FAUX has a konservative agenda. They don't want Ron Paul on there because he gains huge applause when speaking out against Neo-Konservatives. A lot of his views are percieved as liberal which poses a threat to the other candidates.

    The Republican party has never been the party of fiscal responsibility. Even Reagan and Bush Sr left us in enormous defecits. The Republican party today has been taken over by Jesus freaks and war mongering neo-kons.

    January 6, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  20. Jason

    I simply cannot believe that Fox News has decided to exclude Dr. Paul from their forum and stick to their guns despite the outcry and the fact that Paul beat Guiliani in the Iowa Caucus. Their reasons have been vague at best when asked why they won't include him. The answer is obvious. Fox News is afraid of Ron Paul's message spreading even faster than it already has. I guess not EVERY American is interested in having their freedoms and their economy back to where it should be after all. Terribly disappointing.

    January 6, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  21. Aaron Smith

    He should be in the debate. Its unAmerican what Fox is doing and I'm glad the NH GOP pulled it support for this debated. The other canidates should pull out of the debate if they really cared about this country and the Constitution which they've recently started to talk about since Ron Paul has brought it back into the spotlight.

    I will never watch FOX again and if they don't change there minds and invite him at the last second, I'll be forced to join the boycott of the companies that support them.

    This has simply gone too far.

    January 6, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. Ron Paul Supporter

    For a long time now, the media has tried to control how we vote. They have already decided that either Hillary or Obama will be our next president, and I think that channels like Fox fear that Dr. Paul poses a true challenge to the status quo. The media spoon-feeds us, telling us how to vote and live our lives. Sadly, many Americans listen and follow. It is truly a scary time in our country. I hope that the outrage over this Fox debate will open people's eyes, and make them take notice of what is going on. As a country, we need to wake up and see how the media is controlling us. Fox, like so many media outlets, is neither fair nor balanced. I'm glad that CNN is letting people voice their opinions about this matter, and glad that the GOP is taking a stand and supporting Dr. Paul & Mr. Hunter. Ron Paul truly is hope for America.

    January 6, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. Doug B

    Paul may not have personally been invited to this forum, but myself along with hundreds and maybe thousands of Paul supporters will surely be there to show our support for the good doctor. I am very glad that the GOP withdrew it's support from Fox News. Fox has ultimately embarassed itself for this poor decision and will feel the burn coming up with Pauls strong support in New Hampshire. CNN, thank you also for the good news you have brought our nation about Ron Paul, and helping defend his position as a fair candidate. Fox News' exclusion of Ron Paul only shows that he cannot be treated fairly because in all honesty, his message is in an entire different realm of power beyond any of the other candidates. If you don't want to put a great dane up against a small pack of chihuahuas this time around, fine by me, but they'll end up in the same ring very shortly, and who really counts will show then. People are slowly but surely realizing that its true: We cannot afford to have any other president besides Ron Paul. He, and only he can deliver us from the corruptness that has slowly seeped into our system over the many generations of a growing federal government.

    January 6, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  24. Joe

    Who cares what Faux News says, does, or reports anyway?

    January 6, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  25. Ed Smith, Palm Springs, CA

    Boycott Fox/ NWS News Corp.!
    ***Note, Apparently Rupert Murdoch doesn't want to hear anymore from Ron Paul supporters.

    "Murdoch's email has a spam filter on it which filters out any reference to Paul or the debate in the subject line and bounces it back. I then changed the subject line, but left my comments in the body of the message the same and it went through. I changed the subject to an innocuous general topic such as "re: news and ratings" (or maybe try something like viewership and the news, etc., etc.).

    The first email bounced back within 60 seconds, but the subsequent email went through and did not bounce back (it has now been ten minutes- a lifetime in email protocol). I hope this helps, but please pass this along ASAP.

    And Now any mention of Paul inside the e-mail is filtered out.

    Just thought you'd like to know that Rupert's "spam" filter also filters any reference to Ron Paul or Forum or Debate in his e-mails.
    I remedied this by spelling Ronn Paull and Debbate, Forumm. All mail
    was returned to me until I spelled this way.

    Vote Ron Paul 2008!

    January 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
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