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
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  1. Ron Sowers

    I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Rupert Murdoch and the entire Faux News staff. Thier blatant act of unforeseen stupidity has garnered more attention for Ron Paul than could ever have been attained with his inclusion in the debate. It has also shown the true nature of what a sham thier ” Fair and Balanced ” statement represents. A lot of people are mad about this situation but, for myself, I can’t stop laughing !

    January 6, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Bob P

    FOX is a network of narrow minded cowards. Bill O'Reily is right at the top of that list. The guy who hired him and FOX's other narrow minded personalities is right behind him.

    Goes to show – they're excluding two very important voices. Two candidates for president. They both have good things to say and people deserve to hear them.

    FOX – Try being a little more American and a little less like the Chinese Government. Censorship has no place in America and if you continue to pull dirty tricks like this, sooner or later you won't either.

    BTW – Fire O'Reily and the guy who hired him.

    January 6, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. A. Jones

    Ron Paul is a legitimate canidate. Fox's republican friends are scared and they are kissing their asses by excluding Mr. Paul. Pooh pooh on them. The Ron Paul Revolution is just begining my friends.

    January 6, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Bob P

    The honorable thing to do would be not showing up for the debate. I hope that the 4 who were invited do just that. It would be a greatly needed slap in the face to FOX for being such narrow minded, censoring cowards.

    January 6, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Gregory T. Janetka

    Of course FOX should exclude Ron Paul! Maybe it would be different if he had raised millions of dollars, or had supporters all over the world, or did much better than all expectations in Iowa....oh, wait, he has all of this...
    Thanks for pretending to be part of the "free press" faux news, you never fail to disappoint.

    Shame on you.

    January 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Mike

    Fox New Networks new slogan: Fox: We decide for you. Thanks CNN.

    January 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. b. van woert

    I stopped voting in Presidential election a long time ago. I simply have not seen a candidate that I feel is worthy of the office. There was no satisfaction in voting for the lesser of the evil puppets of the "global elite". Even if one goes ahead and casts their vote for the least of the pretenders, it doesn't matter because the out come was decided way before the race started. Well, I've come out of hibernation to cast my vote for the only realistic candidate running, Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul. Why am I not surprised that Fox has taken their mask off to show their true colors. Dr. Paul is shaking them up to their last nerve. They have no way to argue Pauls logic, they’re afraid of the truth and if implemented, how it would upset their ivory towers. They can't figure out what to do about the Congressman and his campaigne. It's pitiful that the only thing a mega corp. news station can come up with is to try to pretend Paul doesn’t exist using a lame excuse that even a third grader can see through. Down sizing our government spending, no more IRS, get out of other countries business and concentrating on the real issues of in and for we Americans. Aren't all those things including war, occupying and dominating other countries the vary things that keep them rich? Basically they're shaking in their boots and if Dr. Paul by some kind of miracle, oh yea, I believe in miracles, makes his way into the highest office of our land, they will be truly be pooing in their pants. Watch your back Ron, I feel they're plotting day and night against you and will stop at nothing. They are the experts at plotting and scheming, it's their job, it's what they do, and they have the bank to back their play. Thank you Dr. Paul and God Bless.

    January 6, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Cory

    I was a FoxNews apologist, but the way they have treated Ron Paul from the beginning has totally destroyed any credibility they had with me. Democrats get treated better by that station than he does. I don't support much of anything Paul says, but he has proven himself to (somehow) be a legitimate candidate and deserves equal treatment.

    January 6, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Bobby. Arlington, VA.

    I watch, and enjoy the FOX network, because it gives me some news that the mainstream media chooses not to offer. I also watch and enjoy Ron Paul, because he gives me some views that the mainstream Republican candidates choose not to offer. Go figure. I am equally disappointed that all of the Democrats refused to debate on FOX. They missed a great opportunity. They should have been there, just as Ron Paul should be there. Will I continue to watch Fox? You bet. Will I continue to support Ron Paul? You bet.

    January 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. elen

    I am no longer FOX NEWS viewer, Please do the same, we need to show them that we have power too!!!

    January 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Robert

    The poll results are skewed against Ron Paul anyway. It seems most of his support is from outside his party even though he stands for everything republicans say they are for. The Republican Party will doubtfully ever hold them on their shoulders.

    January 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Andrea Savoie

    Fox news is usually very fair and balanced and the only news organization that gives equal time and opinions to all political sided. They decided to limit this forum because they wanted to give the American people more of an opportunity to hear from the candidates and not just get little sound bites. The problem is that their are to many candidates and if they are going to remain fair and balanced they need to include everyone. Lets remember that in excluding Ron Paul a radical cook they also excluded Duncan Hunter a very conservative candidate. Fox News has also wanted to have Democratic debates, but the Democrats are to scared to participate in them. That being said every candidate should have the right to participate in any forum. The media to often decides who they believe are viable candidates and those with the messages that they believe most popular. We need to give the American people real choice and not directional choice set by the media.

    January 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Cathy G, KY

    January 5, 2008 8:16 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It is certainly no more fair that Ron Paul is being excluded from the Fox (faux news) forum than it would be if New Hampshire were to hold a forum of journalists and exclude Fox because of their low ratings. This is America and the forum is for the people. I don't want the government, much less Fox news telling me who I am allowed to watch.

    The good news for Ron Paul is that obviously Fox news feels his message is a threat so they must fear him and the truth. If he were really as far behind as Fox tries to indicate then they weould not care if the people heard him.

    I applaud ABC for their fairness tonight in including Ron Paul and I applaud the media for ALLOWING Fox news to stay on tv despite the low iq of their fan base. Clearly there would be no point in boycotting Fox programming or their sponsors because there is no fear than anyone who can make informed decisions would ever be watching Faux news to begin with.

    GO RON PAUL!

    PS. I heard FOX say they did not have enough chairs to include everyone. Certainly a very difficult problem to have to try and solve. Are you smarter than a first grader????

    January 6, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. christian g

    Faux News :)

    January 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Sara

    If Fox news is supposedly so "fair, and balanced,' then why not include all canidates whom have the support. I for one am a huge supporter of Dr. Paul. Here in Washington, he's huge in the polls, huge on the news and never lacking in supporters. I'm just glad that Dr. Paul isn't letting Fox defeat his position in New Hamshire, by running his own forum at their town hall! I'm very excited to hear how it goes, and hope that it generates more awarenes of his camaigne and message!

    Ron Paul 08!

    January 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Daniel F. Stevens

    I am so happy to see that the NH GOP is not as corrupted as the national GOP and Fox News and that the NH GOP had the courage to withdrawal their support for a biased media gathering of blubbering fools pretending they are qualified to lead our nation.

    I am however, disgusted with not only Fox, but all the media for interviewing Ron Paul and not getting right down to the issues that Ron Paul is famous. Instead they dwell on how much money he has raised and how, and how he has a big Internet following. Big F....ing Deal! Get down with substance from word one, NEWS PEOPLE, and perhaps you will gain some ratings and credibility.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate, to my knowledge, who has a deep grasp of what is truly wrong with the economy, foreign policy and the so called wars on this and that.

    Just go read RonPaulLibrary.Org and find out for yourself how DEEP Ron Paul is.

    January 6, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Camby Collier - Oregon

    Thank you New Hampshire Republican Party for taking such a bold stance. SHAME on FOX NEWS....boycott their sponsors...I for one am NOT going to watch Fox News anymore except to write down their sponsors names.

    January 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Ryan (Newport Beach, CA)

    Ron Paul is the best man for the job! GOD BLESS and long live our freedom

    January 6, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. George Smith

    Fox news does not want the truth that only one Republican is going to offer America something different that Bushism. Ron Paul is the only candidate for change. How could anyone keep voting for Bush bootlickers.

    January 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. ~Jedi~

    Well..., that is the elite for you! Using their power to further their own agenda's. Bill Clinton can be thanked for that also because he deregulated the media. Private business serves to improve themselves and not the wellbeing of the citizens of this country!!!!!!!!

    Everyone must be pretty scared of Ron Paul, and that makes me like him all the more!!!

    But..., because the powers that be are always changing their strategy, I too will do the same.

    Just another reason why the country needs real change and to run from the political establishment!

    The citizens in this country are not blind and stupid, they have just been taking a nap, but they are awakening.

    No more free rides to the politicians and other key personnel.

    We will find a way to rise above the selfishness!!!! (we promise)

    ~Jedi~

    January 6, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. John

    Unless someone drops out, its way too early for a news orgainzation aiming at being ‘balanced’ to be hand-picking canidates.

    “We report. You Decide”? Maybe fox is trying to decide for me? No Thanks!

    January 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Scott

    The Big winner in this years election season will be CNN if they play their cards right and report fairly without exclusion.

    Watch Dr,.Paul speak live on closed TV at 5pm today in a NH town hall meeting. Find out for yourself what he thinks and believes in!

    http://www.ronpaul2008.com/snippets/127/manchester-townhall/

    January 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. ~Jedi~

    Well…, that is the elite for you! Using their power to further their own agenda's. Bill Clinton can be thanked for that also because he deregulated the media. Private business serves to improve themselves and not the wellbeing of the citizens of this country!!!!!!!!

    Everyone must be pretty scared of Ron Paul, and that makes me like him all the more!!!

    But…, because the powers that be are always changing their strategy, I too will do the same.

    Just another reason why the country needs real change and to run from the political establishment!

    The citizens in this country are not blind and stupid, they have just been taking a nap, but they are awakening.

    No more free rides to the politicians and other key personnel.

    We will find a way to rise above the selfishness!!!! (we promise)

    ~Jedi~

    January 6, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Kurt

    I was a fan of Fox News since their beginning. But over the last several years, they have been moving in two directions. One the one hand, they have become very tabloid in their choice of coverage. If it has to do with Britney, Paris, or the latest missing person (as long as they are a good looking young lady), then they will cover it to the exclusion of all else. One the other hand, their political coverage has become more polarizing (get people of two views and let them yell at each other for five minutes), and more exclusive. They have become more of a mouth piece for the neo-cons than the "liberal" media ever was for the democrats. If this is what they want to be, fine. But don't misrepresent it as "fair and balanced". I think the exclusion of Duncan Hunter, and more so, Ron Paul has shown Fox News' true colors. They have "acceptable" candidates who fall in line with the Fox News slant, and if you don't, then exclude them, as they did with Dr. Paul. Agree with Dr. Paul or not, his exclusion, given his fund raising and polling numbers, is indefensible.

    January 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Mark

    Dr. Ron Paul has not really had a fair shake in the media whatsoever, except perhaps by the "Dailyshow" with John Stewart on Comedy Central. For some reason that show seems to air more credible news than all other news stations, besides the BBC. The poor man has been lambasted by most of his interviewers, even one blaming him for some crazies sending him death threats saying they are Ron Paul supporters. The news is supposed to be unbiased, showing only the truth and letting you decide with your own opinion. But Fox has shown that they are for censorship, biased news reporting, and reporting untruths to the people of the world. Not giving the candidates equal airtime and a level field is downright B.S. Dr. Paul is for protection of our Constitution, and our rights under that Constitution. I guess FOX has something worked out that when we finally lose freedom of the Press that they will be the only ones operating, watch out CNN!

    January 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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