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. dss

    Bravo NH GOP! Let the people decide who their next president should be, not the media.

    January 6, 2008 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  2. Zeke

    The hour is late, so this will be short. Ron Paul earned his spot on that debate. He has raised more money in the 4th quarter, received 10 percent of Iowa caucus votes, and snatched 2 delegates.
    Fox's decision is shady. Unfortunately the mainstream media all treats Paul as unelectable–which is false. After Paul gets 3rd place in NH, we shall see.

    January 6, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  3. Michael F Brennan

    Mr. Murdoch is fully responsible for the exclusion of Ron Paul. Big money advertisers want Ron Paul silenced. Paul's warning to Americans that we are victims of "Soft-Fascism" rings the bell of truth.

    January 6, 2008 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  4. Austin Duggan

    In this time of turmoil more than ever Americans are seeking facts, articulate commentary and diversity of opinion. These are not grandiose or eccentric desires. They are, in fact, guiding maxims of journalism; give us the best version of truth that you can muster and if you can't do that then just tell us what you've found and we'll figure it out ourselves. Fox is a private organization and therefore can do what it wants with its airtime but it is my opinion that any institution claiming even the bare minimum of journalistic integrity would adhere to it's own principles by providing something that resembles a "no-spin" zone. Instead we've got so-called "news" organizations that limit acceptable political speech and attempt to decide who holds office before the voters do. The exclusion of these candidates is going to make many people switch the channel, not to mention write angry letters to the advertisers. Personally, I haven't watched Fox news in years. But when my right-wing, Southern Baptist, republican parents called this weekend to tell me that even they won't watch Fox news anymore, it was a sign that the tide is turning.

    January 6, 2008 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  5. Nathanael Kraintz

    Bravo to the New Hampshire Republicans! I applaud this decision. I wonder how Faux News will spin this?

    January 6, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  6. Brian

    I just excluded all fox channels from my television. One less viewer for their sponsors. I hope some of you will consider boycotting them as well, especially if you advertise with them.

    January 6, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  7. Mike Johnson

    Thank you New Hampshire Republican Party for sticking up for the people!

    Boycott FOX News and sell your NWS (News Corp) stock to teach Rupert Murdock a lesson!!

    Watch the documentary OUTFOXED to learn the truth!

    Switch to CNN and PBS.

    GO RON PAUL!!!!

    January 6, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  8. Joe638NYC - UnionReview.com

    As a administrator of a website, while primarily we are dedicated to the labor movement and all working people, we also bring to the forefront the dire deeds of the Big Media likes of NewsCorp, they just don't want the competition of independent thinkers who will not be in line with the status quo, our country is starving for change and squelching and ridiculing those that offer it is bad for everyone in our country. Big kudos to the NH Republican party. Now lets focus on what this country really needs and what we all have in common and erase Fox from our remotes. Oh and if anyone even thinks of "$9.11 for Rudy" as president, just go to YouTube and search IAFF and see what the International Association Of Firefighters think of his 9/11 hero status. Lets get it together people, lets get back to elected by the people for the people.

    January 6, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. Michael Pawlus

    I agree with others who have left comments. New Hampshire is only the third primary/caucus for Republican candidates. As such, I do not believe it is fair to those seeking the presidential office, to the democratic process, or to the American people to begin excluding candidates at this time, regardless of their polling numbers.

    I believe the claim that a limited field will produce a more comprehensive debate is groundless. The current debate process allows candidates a mere two minutes at most to respond to monumental questions like what is your position on abortion, foreign policy, illegal immigration, etc.

    Nothing substantive is revealed through this type of rapid-fire debate. These events are, indisputably, just venues for dropping well-rehearsed sound bites. Given this, the one-liners of twice as many candidates could easily be accommodated.

    I do believe it is sad that any media outlet would deliberately censor voices especially in regards to something as sacred and important as the presidential election. However, if you believe in the free market than you must accept that Fox News as a part of a conglomerate is free to make decisions in line with their business model. You must also understand that our voices as consumers are just as powerful and important as our voices as voters.

    If you do not believe that what Fox News is doing is correct than do not watch the debate. Low viewership sends a message to Fox News' advertisers. With such services as YouTube you can still stay involved in the election process while letting Fox News know your views through your power as a consumer.

    Good luck to everyone in your quest to find unaffected factual coverage of the presidential race.

    And yes, I am a Ron Paul supporter. Through hard work, diligence, and perseverance, I hope to see President Paul sworn in a year from now.

    January 6, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  10. Sheikh Jabouti

    Too bad the NH Dem party didn't step aside as ABC marginalized Biden, Kucinich, and Dodd .

    All voices need to be heard, on both sides of the aisle.

    Don't let Big Media to pick our Presidents!

    January 6, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  11. Adrienne

    I can't say I'm surprised.

    January 6, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  12. laura

    The other candidates are all saying the same things! Ron Paul deserves a seat at that table. If you want to remove someone, take away that blundering Juliani. Debates seem to be a joke to the rest of the candidates. The only one of them who doesn't take a shot at the others, and has integrity is Dr. Paul! Let him in!

    January 6, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  13. Scott

    Thank You CNN for this opportunity to speak...

    Fox news not only has not only excluded Dr. Paul from the Sunday Forum, but has repeatedly and I think intentionally misquoted DR. Paul and made vicious comparisons that do not represent his positions and thought. There are easily available film clips reporting out right lies about Dr. Paul.. (yes, let's call it what it is!)

    Every candidate from BOTH parties should be heard.. Every Candidate from both parties actual results should be shown, every candidate deserves a fair viewing,

    Dr. Paul's views are basically "America First" and a return to the constitutional basics that made us great.. these are the values are father's fought and died for.

    Dr. Paul is the ONLY candidate that IS NOT a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a private organization pushing globalism. That in itself should explain Rupert Murdoch's move to censure Dr. Paul, since Fox is the primary media vehicle that Murdoch uses to push Globalism and the discounting of American Freedoms to International concerns.

    So thank you CNN.. I have been impressed with your "MORE BALANCED" approach. I have grown to love Dobbs.. let's hope others see what is really happening here and rise up in opposition to media opinion control.

    January 6, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  14. Ian

    There's no such thing as bad publicity.

    I suppose it would do Ron Paul well to be ina debate where he's far more superior intellectually. Or, perhaps he is just engaging in a battle of wits with unarmed men (children, is more like it)

    Speaking of children, there's no surprise on FOX with this one. I had little respect for them anyway. I have now dirfted into indifference. Indivdual choices in finding media sources is the wave of the future. FOX's spoon-fed nonsense is not a benchmark of thinking adults, and they'd better get wise to it (I won't hold my breath)

    Ron Paul for President in 2008 ... with or without FOX's dubious "blessing"


    January 6, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  15. Al Cochran

    This is not so surprising. Fox News is despicable. This obvious and appalling ploy shows the bias and special-interest leanings of this LAME news network. Boycott Fox news. Boycott their sponsors. I'll be spreading the word , telling all friends and family to avoid and boycott this fascist orginization. DOWN WITH FOX NEWS!!! Fair and balanced? Isn't that false advertising?

    January 6, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. Robert, Strasburg, VA


    January 6, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. Charlie

    I'm going to take this as an admission of Fox's right wing bias. Ron Paul may not win this election, but he's certainly popular enough to be included in the debate.

    January 6, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. jason

    Ron Paul took a solid 10% in Iowa, just below McCain and ahead of Giuliani. Of course, as others have noted he's polling 3rd right now in New Hampshire. I could understand if they didn't want to include fringe candidates, but c'mon – Giuliani and Thompson are drawing less support than Ron is. Why not exclude them?

    January 6, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. Kurt

    Apparently Fox doesn't agree with freedom of speech. Unfair and unbalanced. They are a joke as a news agency. They are stellar as a propaganda machine.

    If a news agency has to assert its fairness and objectivity with a slogan like "fair and balanced," then that is already a pretty obvious warning as to its illegitimacy.

    Remember the former Communist Soviet Union's propaganda newspaper? It's name was Pravda, which means "truth." I think the Fox agency's slogan of Fair and Balanced should be considered a red flag. (Pardon the pun.)

    January 6, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. Daryl

    New Hampshire GOP - Lives Up To It's States Motto!

    Live Free or Die! Finally someone draws a line in the sand!

    It's time to take the media to court!

    Election fraud! –Fixing/rigging Elections. Perhaps Federal Racketeering Charges might come into play. Need some of those Smart attorneys.

    Are these Networks/Anchors benefiting from stocks owned/tied to military contractors?

    Let's follow the money trail. Perhaps it's time that all Anchors be required to report all there financial information to the federal election commission. Oh, I bet they'll flip flop, and suddenly support the constitution.

    Speaking of which; it occurred to me last night on the ABC New Hampshire primary debate. When Ron Paul stated that all the other GOP candidates were giving lip service to the Constitution.

    I think Ron Paul should challenge all candidates as to how they support constitutional issues such as the second amendment, the patriot act etc... Oh yes, Ron Paul should also ask them why none of them have never supported, not once, to even ask for an audit of the Federal Reserve. I think the American people deserve to know about this farce!

    Attleboro, Massachusetts

    January 6, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  21. Gary

    Excellent decision on the part of the NH Republican Party. This fox debate is a sham because they are excluding legitimate candidates. Paul has picked up more delegates than Giuliani and Hunter has picked up an equal number to Giuliani. If you are going to exclude Paul and Hunter than there is absolutely no reason to also not exclude Giuliani.


    Romney 26
    Huckabee 20
    Thompson 6
    McCain 3
    Paul 2
    Hunter 1
    Giuliani 1

    January 6, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  22. Joseph F. Detroit MI

    Ron Paul is a stark reminder of the things that are currently out-of-whack with politics and government in this country. It's hilarious watching the candidates and the media scramble to marginalize his campaign into oblivion, yet he still keeps pulling remarkable numbers in the polls, at his rallies and in campaign donations.

    Here's the thing: Ron Paul expresses the viewpoint of a vast cross-section of Americans, yet many of them will not vote for him because of the media's tendency to ignore him and their insistence that he cannot win.

    If people simply voted for the candidate who spoke for them most (and ignored the media horse race) our elections would have some very different outcomes.

    I think Ron Paul is going to do very well.

    January 6, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. Mary

    Kudos to the NH Republican Party for refusing to be a part of the biased
    politics of Fox News!!

    I've been a Fox News viewer for years, but this incident is leaving a bad mark on them for me.

    January 6, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. matt taylor

    It made no sense for Fox News to have a debate for the front runners when no votes had been cast yet. Now that the first votes have are in, It seem odd that Fox would include Rudy Giuliani who didn't even come close to receiving as many votes as Ron Paul. Fox news looks ridiculous because the New Hampshire GOP has pulled their sponsoring of the event. I will not be watching. Thank you CNN for addressing this matter.

    January 6, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Charles Boland

    Why is Fox News afraid of Ron Paul's message?

    January 6, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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