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. Lin

    Every candidate should have the opportunity to participate in the forum. For these two men to be excluded is outrageous and is discriminatory on the part of Fox News.

    Huckabee, McCain, and Giuliani are status quo. I'm tired of status quo; I would like to see some REAL change.

    January 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jessica Dunlap, SC

    yeah, i was a big Fox News Fan...key word : WAS, past tense. Excluding Paul and Hunter is pure manipulation.

    January 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. BILL Schenectady,N.Y.

    Do you have any reporters that aren't hearing impaired? During the debate,Romney,Huckabee,Juliani,and Mc Cain each stated,at least once that they agreed with statements made by Fred Yhompson. In my opinion that shows that Fred Thompson was prepared and they were not;making Fred the winner of the debate.If the voters of New Hampshire are foolish enough to want any of these other candidates for President who do they expect them to call to supply a reasonable response to an emergency situation, FRED THOMPSON ? How long would it take to locate him ? Wouldn't it be better to have him in the oval office to handle the situation IMMEDIATELY ?

    January 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. William N. Gaillard

    Do you ever notice that when a substantive candidate publicly supports the Constitution, the press writes him off as a "nut job"? I saw this last night on CNN when one of their invited, outside "analysts" poo-pooed Ron Paul after the ABC "debates", this despite the fact that CNN has actually given Paul a bit more even-handed treatment. Did you also notice how the ABC debate was structured almost exclusively around Mitt Romney?

    Despite a 75% strong showing nationwide in the straw polls, Fox News has chosen to exclude GOP candidate Ron Paul from the Sunday debate. If the Henhouse News Network drops Ron Paul from the debates, does that make Ron Paul the new Fox? Deplorable, unconscionable, execrable–I cannot think of enough scolding adjectives to describe this dastardly act of gratuitous media vandalism upon both our political process and sensibilities. Fox News just slapped the American people in the face.

    Congratulations, Henhouse News (no, you're not "Fox" anymore), you're trying to ram YOUR choice for president down OUR throats and we don't like it.

    Groucho Marx was right: "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and then applying the wrong remedies". We can now expand upon Groucho's elucidation on this subject matter to include Fox' biased and abusive, so-called "news reporting", as well.

    Bill G. in Prescott, AZ

    January 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. b mccrackin

    let freedom ring in the good ole' u s , demockery at it's corporatist propaganda ministery's best. whoever is selected prez should seize the whole pathetic operation, shut it down, and charge the neo/ziocon principles/ clones with sedition.
    start there to take the choke hold off the throat of the american electorate.....
    before it is strangled to death. b.mcc.

    January 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Jim Paulson

    Isn't it wonderful to know that we have the grand opportunity in America for "Fair and Balanced" news? How thoughtful of owner Rupert Murdock and his minions of spin that they should be the deciders on who can be seen and heard among the presidential hopefuls.

    I suggest that all who are upset about this censorship write all of the Fox email addresses you can find, their sponsors and complain to the FCC. Remember the squeaky wheels get the grease. Let's make some noise!

    As for me, I've written the emails, made the phone calls and have switched to CNN until they pull the same stuff.

    Velcome to the fascist police state in Amerika, Kommrad!

    January 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Jesi

    Guiliani's numbers after Iowa were far lower than Ron Paul's numbers and yet Guiliani is being billed as a "Top 5 Contender" ?
    Tell me that this is not media bias? Tell me that the media doesn't truly choose the candidates? What happened to fairness and equal elections?
    Rupert Murdoch has a filter on his email not that doesn't allow emails with the words "RON" or "PAUL" in them. It is not like he doesn't know the people are upset, he is just trying very hard to ignore "WE THE PEOPLE"
    Rupert Murdoch owns myspace. the myspace primary from the other day has Ron Paul in the lead for the Republican side and yet he is still being excluded.
    On that note what about televising other candidates from other parties, do they just not count?


    January 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Dan

    This seriously puts the integrity of Fox News in question.

    Fair and balanced my ass.

    January 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. James Tucker

    It shows how media does control political decisions. By picking and chossing who is in the debate. They done this in the past when Alan Keys was running they wouldnt allow him in the debates. The only debate he even got in this year was PBS Debate because being has liberal has they are.. I belive everyone should be given a chance in the debate has long has there on the ballot in the state the debate is in...I belive people should be complaing to FOX news and boycotting their products and those advertisers with them.. They same Ones that underminded the 2000 election. I think their should be rule with FCC saying you have give equal oppertunity to all canidates....Ron Paul is polling hire then other canidates that where invited and did better in Iowa then Rudy he is invited????????

    January 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. George

    Great job NH GOP. Fox should be ashamed. It is not their place to limit the relevant information about and from the candidates; it is their job to give us the information and allow us to decide for ourselves (ie democratic process!!!). Ron Paul is going to do really well in NH regardless, but plenty more people will be swayed to his cause if they can hear him speak at this debate.

    January 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. George

    Hahahaha, I just looked at the Fox News Election Coverage website. Their motto is, "You decide." What a laugh. Give us Ron Paul and the other in the debate and then we'll see what peoples' opinions are.

    January 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Laurel

    From all the 'false' news sponsors that I've e.mailed, at least one has pulled their advertising for today. The others that responded have sent my letter to their corporate office for review – whatever that means. It did not appear that the responses I received were boiler-plate but were real answers to my concerns.

    The fight to regain American sovereignty is bigger than the globalists must imagine. From the polling figures on every website I've checked, 70+% of Americans are not going to let our republic be demolished without a fight. Thanks to the internet, we also now know who are members of the CFR & what they are up to these days.

    I never could quite stomach 'false' news – I've switched to CNN.

    So it begins, my friends!

    January 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Garrett

    I find it hilarious that Fox News' tag line is "We Report. You Decide". By not allowing Dr. Ron Paul in the debate, they are not simply reporting the news, they are influencing the news. They have taken part of the decision process away from the general public. As a huge Ron Paul supporter I am not surprised by their actions and I think it goes to show how worried non-traditional and not-conservative Republicans are about having a real, conservative Republican candidate whose support grows by the day.

    I am all for a boycott of Fox News, their affiliates, and any of their sponsors! It is supposed to be the job of news agencies to report the news, not to make the news fit their own agendas.

    January 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. JR

    Nothing but good news for CNN. As much as I enjoy Cavuto and Fox-n-Friends, I'm never watching FAUX NEWS again. It just proves that whoever Rupert Murdoch want to be president gets more, and more positive media coverage.

    CNN- you need to capitalize on this!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    I am not quite sure why anyone in here is surprized by Fox's descion! From day one, Fox has been pushing the Guiliani candidacy out in an open. If you don't like what they are doing, do what I did, boycott Fox news.

    January 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Doc

    I will never watch Fox News again. I'm still drinking Miller Light because Anheuser-Busch wouldn't let Pat Buchanan in a debate they sponsered eight years ago!

    Fox News – unfair and one-sided

    January 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Jeremi

    Is our media ran by the the government..just like China's...?

    January 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Missy

    It is despicable that any "news" agency can choose how to make the "facts". If it is a presidential candidate debate, then all candidates need to be represented. All FOX has managed to do is discredit themselves. "Fair and balanced?"

    January 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. zach tubbs

    Isn't there any kind of law against Fox abusing it's medial power to force it's views onto it's viewers?

    We have freedom of the press, but don't we require that press to be objective? Are they allowed to blatantly censor Ron Paul?

    January 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. larrary

    Friends don't let friends watch FOX News Network, as there is far too much bias in the reporting. I have no doubts but that Rupert Murdock keeps the GOP alive nationwide with his funding and narrow slant on national and international affairs.

    This may be the year the voters put FOX News Network vis a vis the elections where it belongs !!!!!

    January 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. James Duane

    It's clear that television has become irrelevant where unbiased, accurate news is concerned. Sensationalism and agenda-driven reporting will continue to turn more and more people to alternative news sources.
    Fox's exclusion of Ron Paul is absurd though I don't think the sheep that routinely watch that network could appreciate Dr. Paul's brilliance anyway. DiaF, Fox.

    January 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Midwife


    Nice to hear that all are not gutless and gullible.

    January 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Michael

    The Powers at be would not like to see Ron Paul have a voice and bring down such things as a centralized banking system. Money is what rules and Ron Paul knows it.

    January 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Rich Bonaduce

    Frankly, if any of the supposed "front-runners" had raised the kind of money that Ron Paul has, or had the grassroots support that he has, or had such passion in their supporters, FOX would be blasting that news from the rooftops, and probably would have already declared that person the "winner". Instead, they seem to have tried to actually DOWNPLAY his support (and supporters), and exclude him from their little debates. Shameful; their license should be revoked.


    January 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Karen Arn

    I am happy that NHGOP has pulled their support of the FOX Forum. FOX has no good explanation for why these candidates are being excluded. Why don't they just come out and say the truth – We are scared of Ron Paul, and want to limit his chances of a nomination by pretending he doesn't exist! Yes I am a Ron Paul supporter. Duncan Hunter has every right to be included as well. What about FCC regulations about equal exposure of all candidates? Guess they found a loop hole. Besides, what about their motto? We report, you decide. It's not really reporting if you don't let all candidates have a national voice. It is a biased editorial. I hope they change their minds, but I think it might be too late. Let the boycott continue.

    January 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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