January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
7 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. Joe Choss

    This is completely ridiculous. Even though Ron Paul isn't talked about in the "mainstream media" as often as he should have, this doesn't mean he should not be included in the presidential debates.

    I'd like to know who's greasing the pockets of FOX.

    January 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  2. randy k

    It is a shame that the Fox is trying to pull a fast one by not letting the voice of Ron Paul be heard. It is time that we have a candidate that is not the lesser of two evils, but stands on the same issues he has for over 10 years. I will no longer be watching Fox or supporting any is advertisers until I hear an apology. Shame on you Fox, Ron Paul is the most honest candidate in the debate. I guess this shows what kind of values Clearchannel has.

    January 6, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  3. Michael

    This is ridiculous. Giuliani finished behind Ron Paul and he is still invited! Maybe getting invited to this debate is all about knowing the right people. Or it's just censorship.

    January 6, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  4. Matthew Salmi

    The tighter Fox squeezes, the more minds will slip through their fingers. Bring it on, Murdock.

    January 6, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  5. Pete

    FOX News and the NWS Corp. Management are well known for their extreme right wing agenda and control of Libertarian or Liberal views. (Fair and Balanced my butt!) In a recent study the majority of FOX News viewers still believe that WMDs WERE actually found in Iraq and that the War was justified based on connection between 9/11 and Sadam Hussein. Of course the 9/11 Commission, the CIA, Congress, Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney themselves, plus numerous other sources have made it clear that no WMDs were found and that there was no tie between Sadam and 9/11. FOX has consistently and effectively worked to "dumb down" right wing American citizens so they can fill their heads with the agenda of neocons and big business profiting from the war/special big business machine. It is downright scary that some Americans are such stupid pawns and that FOX actually gets away with this. Excluding Congressman Ron Paul is evidently FOX's only recourse to limit voiced opposition to the industrial military complex, which Fox continues to foster and promote. Fox = Fear tactics, Fox News = Faux News. Compare an egotist / demigod like Bill "shut=up" O'Reiilly or Hannety (Dumb and Dumber), who appear to have ZERO journalistic capabilities and even less integrity, to someone like a Ken Autella (WSJ) or even Bill Moyers (PBS). The NH GOP announced yesterday that it has removed its sponsorship and endorsement of the FOX Republican debates. I just pray that eventually Ruppert Murdock and FOX get theirs. I for one will not knowingly buy anything associated with NWS (FOX) brands or any products from their advertising sponsors if I can help it.

    January 6, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  6. Russell Hunt

    The powers that control this government are doing everything they can to Exclude Ron Paul because they know he will not play ball for anyone but the american CITIZEN.People have had enough.Ron Paul WILL NOT ignore our Constitution,nor will he defy it.This creates a huge problem for corporate america,and that makes me think he is what we need.He has my vote.

    January 6, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  7. Lorax

    Can anyone explain what the difference is in illegal immigrants paying coyotes to get them into the country and fining them for being here and letting them stay? The fine is playing the same game the coyotes play in squeezing the illegal immigrant. If you don’t enforce the law and deport them to their nation of origin it is amnesty. The illegal immigrants are responsible for their own children; born here or not. Their nation of origin is responsible for the welfare of there own citizens and if they don’t take responsibility them then shame on that nation. Any cost the US citizen pays for providing care for illegal immigrants should be billed back to their nation of origin.

    January 6, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  8. Matthew England

    You know, Ron Paul got 10 percent in Iowa when they said he was only going to get 2 percent, and he still gets no coverage. He is where Huckabee was only a short time ago. Why is the media boycotting this guy? Is big business paying off the media now as well as our politicians? This kind of thing leads down a bad road. Rome only lasted about this long. Lets be careful.

    January 6, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. Jashon Smith

    Whether Ron Paul has a shot at winning the presidency should not matter. He has a full legitimate platform based on logical theories. I am currently reading Ron Paul's book, "A Foreign Policy of Freedom." His appeals to congress have been consistent and down right prophetic. He has predicted the devaluation of the dollar and intensification of terroist acts towards America. If anyone were to take the time and read about this guy his honesty and personal integrity are unquestionable. The best thing Ron Paul does is that he constantly uses the statement, "I think we should stop and think about this for a moment." He sets aside emotional appeal and asks that we approach every issue with an objective and reasonable attitude.

    Fox News does well by relying on a mass of old decrepit viewers who are just as quick to believe Fox's misinformation as they are to believe the salesmen of home shopping networks. MARK MY WORDS- SOON THE ELDERLY WILL BEGIN DYING AND THE YOUTH OF TODAY WILL CARRY THE MESSAGE OF RON PAUL ONWARD. FOX WILL BE LEFT WITH COUNTRY FULL OF PEOPLE WHO TRUST THEM LESS THAN ANY OTHER NEWS NETWORK.


    January 6, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. tman

    WOW! Fair and balanced...gimme a break.FOX doesn't even acknowledge any of this on their website! Who does Rupert Murdoch think he is anyway...Charles Foster Kane?

    Major networks know that they are the only window We The People have into the process and momentum of this election. To discriminate against legitimate candidates for questionable reasons backed by questionable statistics is disgusting. It's ludicrous. Ron Paul must be doing better than they considered for them to pull this cheap stunt at this late date. Pulling their support is the least that the GOP can do!

    If Fox was smart, they'd capitalize on the opportunity and champion the underdogs while waving the "fair and balanced" banner in our faces. But instead of giving us all the info we need to make an informed decision, FOX decides to influence the election by cherry picking the candidates they want the public to see as "legitimate"... at the same time, excluding Dr. Paul is an attempt to trivialize his effort to their demographic. They already try to do this by attempting to make him into a conspiracy nut. But he's handled those accusatory tactics with formidable candor. And it's his ability to talk straight that's got these other candidates AND FOX scared.

    FOX will undoubtedly go on as planned b/c they're tools of the political machine. Puppets of Influence. They're unfair, bought and paid for. But, Dr. Paul is on the move and his momentum can't be stopped by the scuzzy tactics of the conservamedia. He is the only candidate who says what I see all around me and he does it simply and honestly. Others see it too. Fox news can keep him out of this debate, but they cant keep him out of the race!! Paul's for the People, and the People are for Ron Paul in 2008!!!

    January 6, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
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    January 6, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  12. Jack Golden

    I rally abhorr the desicions of Fox News and all of it's affilliates. I will put specific research as to what sponsors and Products support themselves throught the debate and make many desicions on whether to participate in any product or company that supports this mass media excursion.

    January 6, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  13. Crystal, Tennessee

    As a voting American, I am upset at FoxNew's decision to prevent Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter from participating in the upcoming debate.
    Americans have the RIGHT to formulate their own opinions on candidates by hearing the FACTS and not through the filtered media. All candidates, despite age, race, and campaign funding have the RIGHT to address fellow Americans. Give these gentlemen the respect and attention they deserve!

    January 6, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  14. Michael Walsh

    I'm glad that Faux News is finally being exposed as the shameless propaganda machine that it is. Ron Paul's support has grown despite their best efforts to suppress his campaign. Now it's time for them to gracefully admit defeat and let the man have his say. The only thing they're hurting at this point is their own credibility.

    January 6, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  15. James

    While I agree fox has the right to do what they want, I think their intentions are purely evil for excluding Ron Paul.

    January 6, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  16. Trevor

    I think it's insane that Fox would try to exclude Ron Paul, we all know they pander to the neo-conservatives, but I never thought they would go THIS far. Shame on them.

    January 6, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  17. Anonymous

    ron paul is the only candidate with a perfect decades-long record that proves he fully intends to uphold his oath to defend the constitution.

    ron paul is the only candidate that represents the constitution, as well as the ideals which this nation was founded upon.

    big names are scared of that. plain and simple.

    January 6, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  18. James

    lol what do you expect from fake news, I mean fox news.

    January 6, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  19. clint

    I used to watch fox and was a big fan of the Factor, but for the last two weeks or so I have been outraged. I cannot believe that they will not report accurately nor include a Candidate that received 10 percent. more than 3 times what Gulianni had. I decided last week never to support fox again, I will never watch nor read anything fox related on the internet or TV.

    January 6, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  20. leonard

    The corporations that back hillary and obama have too much invested and are afraid of the Ron Paul movement, typical attempts at censorship. I don't believe this is tolerated in th U.S.. Where is our first amendment rights ? This election is still about representing the people right?

    January 6, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  21. mofo

    fox is missing something tonight... viewers ... the pockets lined with cash is what they love...well break thier heart via the wallet... no ron paul support = no me or my tv... the advertisers getting letters... together we can flood the fox co. with so much email & mail they cant get anything done till they give ron some face time...

    January 6, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  22. Scott Hairfield

    Excellent decision on behalf of the NH Republican Party. Thank you from individuals who enjoy a valued debate. There is decency and fairness left in this media stained country. Another example of the power of states!

    January 6, 2008 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  23. Rev Daniel Quenzer

    Fox is clearly allowing their corporate ownershipe to control what "news" they show. They don't want the people to hear of the freedom that Ron Paul brings us. They are ignoring the plain and simple truth that he is the best candidate for the job. As many like to call it "Fixed" news is exactly that fixed just like electronic voting systems.

    January 6, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  24. Snow Ferguson Roanoke, Texas

    I stopped watching FOX this past year when I saw how disrespectful they were to Ron Paul... fair and balanced? Whatever!!

    January 6, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  25. M@

    If theyre running for president they should be giving the chance to speak. Thank you NH Rep for being responsible. I look forward to watching more CNN.

    January 6, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
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