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. Forest Green

    I tried to send the email below to Murdoch's address quoted previously but it was rejected. I'll try to send it to Fox News.

    I strongly object to Fox News' arbitrary decision to exclude Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter from the upcoming debate.

    Truly stupid management. Could only make people angry. Would make no one happy except perhaps Romney.

    NH GOP decision was correct in abandoning your network.

    Is anyone in charge over there?

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Karina De Beers

    It's outrageous, whether one is a Ron Paul supporter or not, that some arbitrary conditions are created to decided who can and cannot participate in a discussion between actual presidential candidates. It is obvious to all that Fox News is in bed with the special interests who wish us to continue the atrocities of illegal preemptive war, and for that, I hope they perish in hell.

    Karina De Beers

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. mike fusselman

    I used to love watching Fox, and i tried to ignore their bias. Ron Paul dominated all the other Fox debates, they dont want that to happen with this forum. This is their way of censoring a voice that many Americans want to hear!

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Walter

    This is a reasonable position for the GOP party to take. It is too bad that they did not feel this way initially. Fox News needs to learn that they can no longer decided for the people. They work for us. Too often, it seems, the media (and the government) forgets this fundamental fact .

    January 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Patrick Meade

    Well hmmm.... Faux news has been in the pocket of the council on foreign relations people from the get go...So what should we expect? They are scared of Ron Paul, and rightfully so! Thank you for your time.

    January 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. olympia flaherty

    This is a blatant attempt by FOX to manipulate the Republican cadidates exposure. I guess Ron Paul is far more threatening than you would think for them to go to the extreme of excluding him from the debate

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. j

    Faux News Channel.

    Though I must say, it's not like CNN or MSNBC is a gift from god.

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Yes!!!!! There is hope! I'm so glad that not every establishment is corrupt!!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Lowranzy W.

    It just shows that Fox is bias and that they aren't reliable for the full coverage of situations. It shows their true colors and that they are not worth watching.

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Jen

    I think that Ron Paul should be included in this debate. I don't want Fox to choose who I have an option of hearing from, because we all have the right to hear from EVERYONE running. That is what a democratic election is all about.

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |



    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. david

    It's Fox's loss. The people already know they're worthless fear mongers who can't accurately report the sky being blue without it being under threat from terrorists. Then ol' billy has to call god stupid because he wants a green sky. Fox started going downhill a long time ago, they are just starting to feel the impact.

    January 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Corinna Cooper

    I like what Ron Paul has to say, and I think it is wrong to not include him in the forum. Fox News has an agenda and anyone who speaks against it is not going to get a "fair & balanced" shot on their network. Ron Paul speaks for me and many other Americans. Fox news can't stop this freedom and liberty movement.

    January 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. greg

    fox news they report and decide! hey if they would just report we could have info to decide for ourselves!

    January 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Mr. Jon D. Evers

    Fox is pro war...maybe they are in too deep to support Mr. Paul? Who really owns and runs Fox and what is their real agenda? Not fair and balanced! That is for sure! But they have not had a reputation that reflects their slogan for some time...maybe they should just change their slogan?

    January 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. mike

    Fox journalistic integrity: 0

    January 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Mayda Tress

    I have been voting in elections since 1972 and this is the first time that I have supported a candidate with cash donations. I believe the message that Ron Paul has is vital to the future of our great country. He needs to be heard. He is the only one who is speaking the truth. I have also watched Fox News as my source of news for awhile....but no longer. I for one am doing more reading and researching of the candidates without the interference of the constant drone of the media. I do not know as much about Mr. Hunter but both of these candidates deserve to be heard.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. dan

    All we want is a fair share of media time for everybody!

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Keith Lutz

    Simply a case of Fox TRYING to shape the country to what THEY feel is best for us. Well, the sheep are starting to realize this. Fox just might get trampled by the herd. Checked their stock losses lately? If nothing else the threat of a boycott makes investors and advertisers scared.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Ben

    This is supposed to be America. Each candidate should be allowed to voice their opinion. Every citizen has a right to hear from each of them as well.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Christine

    If the Farce News Network believes they are so completely qualified to select presidents, perhaps they would prefer to leave the American people out of it and achieve their long held desire to create one nation, under Fox, without liberty or justice for any.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. matt

    censorship is the american way for fox (they disgust me to no end).......they think all people are naive and gullible. PAUL WILL PREVAIL.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. miguel hernandez

    where can i begin? when my family moved from mexico to the land of opportunity i thought that this country stood for freedom justice equality honesty and integrity. but when i see what FOX has done and is allowing to do shames me to be an American. it seems that some one does not want the country to hear his message's that are already spreading like wildfire's on the internet.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Jake

    Props for pulling support of the debate.

    Boycott Fox News advertisers and let them know that we will not sit idly by and watch a media outlet attempt to manipulate the presidential elections.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who will take our country in the right direction.

    Spread the word and make sure that you are registered to vote and show your support in the state caucuses and primaries.

    January 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Phil E. Drifter

    They must be really afraid of him if they refuse to allow him to take part in the televised debates.

    'Freedom of the press' my arse.

    January 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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