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. Fred C Dobbs

    Fox News, in case you haven't noticed, has selected Rudy Giuliani and not Ron Paul as the GOP candidate in November 2008.

    Have you conservatives not been paying attention to Fox News?

    Get over it. If you wanted fair and balanced you wouldn't be watching Fox News in the first place. So suck it up and understand just who runs this show – corporate America.

    Oh, you thought the voters decided on the candidates. Go back to sleep.

    January 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Quinton

    It is sad that we (myself included) feel so great that someone actually stood up for themselves. Thank you NH GOP! Only one state has voted, the nations shouldn’t be so apathetic! I love Iowa and Iowans but they are not wizards of Oz. They get to take the first step of this marathon, but the rest are not up to them. I am waiting for this story to catch fire on CNN and MSNBC, since Fox jumps all over them with accusations of bias. Thanks again NH GOP, sorry about the rant.

    January 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Rich

    This story should be upgraded from the ticker to a front page story. CNN is sitting on a PR goldmine here!

    January 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Stevo

    Wouldn't run off elections help lesser known candidates have more of a chance in elections?

    January 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. plev

    FOX news needs to correct this mistake. I can see leaving Hunter out, but I don't agree on principle that he should be, but RON PAUL is the only other candidate who has won delegates in Iowas besides Romney and Huckabee. Hunter has won delegates in Wyoming. This is ridiculous.

    Plus, Ron Paul is going to destroy Huckabee in New Hampshire.

    Anybody who is upset about this should join the Fox News stock dump. People are dumping their Fox news/News corp stock in protest and contacting Fox's sponsors to so they can apply the pressure on Fox as well. See more info at http://www.dailypaul.com.


    January 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. jhon smith


    January 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. susan M

    To everyone that complains about Fox news, I actually watch this network, and I constantly hear the Democratic point of view. Fox is not bias, they just simply give equal time to BOTH parties, unlike the mainstream media – so it just "seems" unbalanced. What the liberals don't like, is that the Republicans, for the most part, are able to prove that they're right, and prove the liberals to be "out in left field" and out of touch with most Americans. That's why most dems/liberals don't like Fox news. I mean, the democratic candidates won't even go on Fox news and debate! It's a perfect platform for them to reach out to whole segment a voters. I guess they know that their ideas of raising taxes and "forcing" government healthcare (whether you need it or not) and telling us what to eat, how to raise our kids, etc, is a very ludicrous agenda. Have you ever noticed that Hilary, Obama, and Edwards never give any of the detail up about how the plan to provide all these "goodies" for Americans? Think about it folks, nothing is for free....you're paying for it one way or another. Also, consider how shabily all existing government agencies operate, and do you really want your healthcare run in that same way? I doubt it. Republicans by the way, have willingly gone on other news stations for debates on multiple occassions. They actually have plans to put money back into our pockets. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

    January 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Bill

    Finally a decision that demonstrates a party's backbone. The other candidates should do the right thing and pull out of the forum. It is simply not democratic to exclude these candidates and the other candidates should not support such a move.

    As for the comment on Guiliani, he's the candidate from FOX News. The entire network has attempted to push him and guess what, he has failed.

    Paul is going to go into the convention with about a little under a 1/3 of the delegates from the contests. At said point in time, the Republican Establishment will need to grant Paul the respect he deserves. If not, Ron Paul jumps ship and runs as the libertarian presidential candidate and divides the already fractured Republican party.

    Good luck in the fall guys. Can't wait to see President Obama.

    January 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Constitutionalist

    This is the best news I've heard since I heard Ron Paul was Foxed from the debate. Unfortunately this is going to be transparent to those that aren't hitting web sites and blindly watch the debates without asking why Fox did this. If Fox reversed their decision, I would be most pleased.

    January 5, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Sara

    Thank God for the NHGOP!!!! Ron Paul is a true American hero and the only hope for our country. He will stop this beautiful country from going down the toilet. He is our country's savior! He will increase the value of the dollar, defend our country without having to go to war everywhere, and give freedon back to the people. WE CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO HAVE RON PAUL IN OFFICE. He is a wonderful man and he has the biggest heart. I wish America could "wake-up" to the facts, and get behind this amazing man.

    January 5, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Charles, Nebraska

    Perhaps now folks will begin to recognize that Fox is not politically conservative, just as the modern Republican Party is not conservative. They are nothing more than Republicans, who have amply demonstrated their disdain for fiscal conservatism and for the Constitution. They have also demonstrated that the national interest is no longer a top priority - the moneyed interests that apparently own the Republican Party come first. As a result, in order to make those folks even more obscenely rich than they already were, we launched our nation's first pre-emptive war, paid no more than lip service to national security and border control, exported American jobs, restricted American liberties, and deepened our debt so far that we are perilously close to being at the mercy of such enlightened foreign governments as the People's Republic of China. Fox and other apologists for the modern Republican Party have disgraced the label of "conservative," and their exclusion of genuine conservatives like Dr. Paul only confirms that. Perhaps now conservatives will finally wake up and kick Fox to the curb.

    January 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Jose Mora

    Fox News has now lost even the pretense of fairness. By excluding Ron Paul from the forum, they have chosen to permanently exclude themselves from my family's living room.

    I appreciate CNNs willingness to report this.

    January 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Steve

    Um, the Democrats already refused to participate in the Faux News debate...so what do you mean, "finally someone stands up to the media"?

    January 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Ken, Suitland MD

    You repubs used to love the unbalnced fnn. Now you don't, because they used against one of your own the same strong-arm, arrogant tactics that the whole party is now known for. BOOHOO. The party is corrupt and so are the people supporting it, with fnn at the front of the line. The repub party has defined itself to be the WAR party and clearly doesn't want any nay-sayers in the party. You guys used to love your "party discipline", well go ahead and enjoy it now!

    If Ron Paul really stands for change, let him stand with the party that is REALLY for change. He should have switched to be a dem. You repub party loyalists who are now trying to think for yourselves are going to get your butts handed to you by the very party elite that you supported over the last decade.

    I have no sympathy for you guys or for Ron Paul. Both Ron Paul and you guys have voted against your own self interest and this county's greatness for too long now.

    Change your party or get out of the way!

    January 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Patty D.

    Is Faux News biting the hand that feeds them? By not having Ron Paul in the debate they are alienating a portion of their right-wing base. Between this and Billo's nuclear moment at the Obama event, Faux News is becoming down right sad.

    January 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. George, Billerica, Mass.

    You'd have to be completely ignorant to think that Paul could not in New Hampshire ("Live Free or Die", remember) place third, or second, or gosh maybe even first if enough independents show up. But Fox is for the GOP establishment (i.e., government involvement in economics when it benefits corporations and wealthy individuals). They can't buy Paul so they want to bury him. Simple as that.

    January 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Al, Vancouver, Canada

    So much for the democracy and the land of free.

    January 5, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Jose Mora

    PS – I have formally requested that Direct TV remove Fox News and its affiliates from my programming. Suggest others do the same. Also, even though Ron Paul IS included in the South Carolina Fox News debate, unfortunately I will not be watching it because Fox News will not be an option on my TV channel listing. Advertisers please take note.

    January 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Balloon Maker

    They even tried to claim it was because they don't have enough space around their table. Pull up a chair, morons. Hopefully, this just attracts more attention to Ron Paul, a man with more integrity in his little finger than all those other blow-hards combined.

    January 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Alec P

    Thank god, no coverage is better than biased coverage.

    January 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. granny miller

    Republicans need to stick together on this.

    The issue is now about corporate media trying to limit and influence the discussion and debate within the GOP and Fox News is depending upon back biting and pettiness within the GOP.

    All GOP candidates should boycott tomorrow evening's "discussion" if Ducan Hunter and Ron Paul are excluded.

    January 5, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. JDK

    this is utterly disgusting that they won't let ron paul in the debate.

    RON PAUL 2008

    January 5, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Candice

    Ron Paul's basic message is to get back to the Constitution and let's bring our boys home!! his message is of peace and love; the only reason Fox News excluded RP is because they are scared!! Ron Paul IS a true R3VOJUTIONIST!!

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Terri, Knoxville, TN

    Fox will never get me to watch them again. It will be hard to watch the debate on fox on Jan. 10th in SC.

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. john gallus

    this is a travesty. if this had happened a hundred years ago, there would be people with pitch forks in the street. Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter deserve to be in the debate. This further shows what Faux News is all about. and frankly this is how the corporate media does their part in swinging elections one way or another...

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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