January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
4 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. Jon

    What a bunch of hypocrites – they support the CNN debate that excluded Duncan Hunter, but not the FOX debate that excluded him? Is it that the NH GOP loves Ron Paul or hates FOXNews? Either way they lose their high moral road on this issue. This isn't about exclusion, it's about favoritism on both sides – by the media and the New Hampshire GOP.

    January 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Marty

    Shame on you, Fox! You know what you're doing, and you'll know what you did. So do we, and so will we!

    January 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Serge, Bethel Ohio

    New Hampshire voters have done a good thing today. While Ron Paul's numbers in traditional polls might not be that spectacular..his support is clearly overwhelming on the internet. The internet has become a source of news to many people and while a new media; it is still an important one. I believe in the fututre, more and more attention will be given to internet response to candidates. If you were to combine both standard polls and interent poll results, Ron Paul would easily be in the top 3 GOP candidates..if not the number 1 spot.

    January 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. furious

    CNN excluded Ron Paul from the pie chart for the Iowa caucus results on television, while showing 11% on the website. How is that any different?

    Fox News is Unamerican biased filth. Boycotting all MSM. Who needs em?

    Fox News: We Distort, You Get Lies.

    January 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Brian

    Whoever is the head of Faux News must really love Ron Paul. All in one action, they destroyed what was left of their reputation, handed thousands of viewers CNN, and SIGNIFICANTLY made the country curious about Ron Paul. Fox News – Thanks and good-bye

    – Brian Davis

    January 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Jarrod

    I am a democrat, but am quite pleased that NH republicans stood up to FOX. Seems some are afraid of Dr. Paul's message, and the media often seem to give him little to no airtime, and write him off as un-electable. It seems to me , at this juncture in our history, we need some radical new thinking. Im tired of Bush and Clinton. I am tired of buisines as usual. Im tired of ultra partisan gridlock. Ok, Liberals and Conservatives may never agree on some things. So instead of going after wedge issues, go after things we all want to change or improve. In my mind, Ron Paul, and Obama are the only 2 that are separate enough from Washington to actually change it. Romney is a puppet. Hillary is too much part of the system, and wants it both ways on Iraq. We are losing our freedom little by little, like the frog in water with the temperature rising, and need to take action before it is gone. Its not terrorists taking away our rights, its Washington. We are fighting the wrong battle.

    January 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Courtney

    It blows my mind how Americans believe the media is free and government does not control them! You know at one time I enjoyed Fox News because I thought they were the only one to report truth! How wrong I was!
    The government is scared even thinking Ron Paul would be preident because he stands for less federal government...going back to what this country was built upon. So the media tries their best to hide Paul, not expose him, which in return makes a lot of people think he;s not seriously running.
    I am proud of the NH GOP! Most other state GOP party probably would not do that.
    Does this not seem like a repeat when Reagan ran? I know he would be behind Ron Paul if he were still with us today.

    Go Ron Paul!

    January 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Mike Eck

    The New Hampshire Republican Party has provided a good start...they should now be trying to get the the other candidates to boycott the event so we could know how fair and balanced they all are. Fox has a right to do what they want, it seems, without any chance they will lose the "government provided right" to broadcast.

    January 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. wd

    It is an insult to news to use the terms FOX and News in the same sentence. FOX has less to do with news than any station, including HGTV. Send Hume and O'Reilly off to some desert island where they can lie to each other and leave the rest of us alone.

    January 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Mark Rud

    I guess the GOP is willing to be more "fair and balanced" than the news network that uses the same phrase as its slogan. Hoorah for the New Hampshire GOP.

    But I guess the Faux News Network still won't come to its senses no matter what. They [rpbably won't even mention the controversy during the broadcast.

    January 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Chad Landers

    The power of the media is victorious due to it's exploitations of the extreme fragmentation of todays populace. The ever-increasingly audacious behaviors of Fox news and other media outlets rely on the "us v.s. them" mentality to employ methods that violate the integrity of not only journalistic ethics, but the democratic system itself. This lack of conduit within the American populace, coupled with the nature of rogue, perhaps even predatory capitalism are the very driving forces at the helm of this vulgar circus of counter production. As for a solution...I can suggest none...as Vonnegut stated before his death when asked about the current state of occidental society; " I'm afraid the game is lost".

    January 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Liz

    Fox can go to hell! Ron Paul 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Jake

    Right on, NH GOP!!! FOX can go to hell. There's no stopping Congressman Paul!

    January 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Maureen Burdick

    I will NEVER watch FOX channels again....and I will endeavor not to use ANY of the sponsor's services or products!!! I will also urge others to do likewise.

    January 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Peggy Chambers

    I would like to hold a benefit on Mothers Day @ Monte Sano Park, Huntsville, Al. in the amphi-theater for the poverty stricken people of Huntsville! Any volunteers? I have it booked, hopefully on that day!
    ~P~

    January 6, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Liz from Everett, Washington

    Thank you NH GOP! Thank you for the good effort to bring all the candidates on for the debate. When that failed I was impressed the NH GOP did the right thing and withdrew support. That alone make me want to visit NH, you rock!

    We are also boycotting Fox and it supporters.

    Thank you CNN for presenting this story, it makes it easier than finding the unbiased news online.

    January 6, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Joseph Stone, Mississippi

    Fox is afraid their special interests will not be supported by Ron Paul, Fox isnt Fair and Balanced. the scale seems to be persuaded to tip towards the mainstream that fox wants to embrace.

    January 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. R.T.C.

    I fully expected this kind of censorship would happen sooner or later by a major media outlet........Ron Paul speaks to the "Real" issues that face average Americans and they will put as many obstacles in the way as possible to cover-up the facts and the truth....

    January 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. James M Dollinger

    Kudos to CNN for their courage to stand against behind the scene efforts to keep Ron Paul and his message from the public. Shame on Fox News for their blatant disregard for serving the public good, their network has proven themselves unethical and coersive.

    James Dolliner
    Founder
    http://www.GeneralWatch.com

    January 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Jed L

    I applaud the choice by the N.H. republican party to pull their support from the Fox News debate tonight. Fox once again shows its lack of fairness and balance by not allowing all candidates a forum to show their stance on many issues. As a republican I am disappointed and frustrated with a network that chooses subjectively to not include all viable candidates. It is my hope that fox scores the lowest in ratings among all networks for the debates and suffers because of it!!!

    January 6, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Don Kiter

    Fair and balanced is a fallacy!

    January 6, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Martin Castle

    I will have to agree that this is like telling a kid in high school he cant sit at your table because hes not cool enough. Its childish , unprofesional , and un american. Fox needs to step back and let allthe canidates debate, which is there job. Fox needs to cover it which is their job. I dont think haveing two more canidates on stage will hurt fox at all . So I dont see the problem.

    January 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Jovanni Garcia (Arizona)

    I am glad they finally put Ron Paul int he Polls again. They shall know that the people want him as President.

    Ron Paul 2008!

    January 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. B J Spang

    wonder if anyone has thought to petition to the ~popular~candidates~. ask them to refuse participating in the debate themselves.

    January 6, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Ryan

    This is just another example of Fox News being "fair & balanced." They are blatantly censoring Ron Paul's message by barring him from a Republican debate. They must be intimidated by a candidate with brains who actually makes sense when he speaks. It's pretty sad that a corporation such as FOX has to resort to such childish antics. Their actions are extremely unfair to the American people who are undecided and would like to hear each candidates stance on the issues. Hopefully Dr. Paul can show up some of these "front runners" in New Hampshire.

    January 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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