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
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  1. Steve

    Fox News is scared of Ron Paul due to Ron being anti-war and pro-constitution because God forbit if Ron Paul isn't another George W Bush clone like a few other canidates. WAKE UP FOX YOU WANT THE TOP 5 RON PAUL FINISHED IN IOWA IN THE TOP 5 AND RUDY DID NOT!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Michael

    Shows just how "Fair and Balanced" Fox is to exclude a top-tier high caliber candidate like Ron Paul from the debate.

    How ridiculous can they be!? The biggest money winner, who has received over 10% of the votes in Iowa where he was virtually unknown and received no press coverage, who wins almost all online straw polls who's name is Ron Paul is not invited to the debate.

    For Fox to say he is not a leading candidate really makes for deserving of the FAUX spelling of their name.

    January 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Jason

    Fox News has been pulling this crap for some time now. They think they can just exclude or ignore Ron Paul and he'll simply go away. The fact still remains that Ron Paul is still a very viable part of this race and no amount of nay saying done by Fox News is going to change that. Anyone who knows anything about our media knows that Fox News is a shady organization. All that's happened now is CNN has covered this nonsense and Ron Paul is getting coverage elsewhere. He's still going to debate other places and he'll still show the rest of the world why he should be the president.

    January 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Alex L.

    Put simply, the "fair and balanced" slogan Fox gives themselves is complete bologna. They lean towards the right, which is the wrong right. Neo-cons run the station, and they're afraid of Paul's message. Small government is a scary idea in the eyes of of BIG corporations.

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Chele

    It is a very sad day when big money can keep TRUTH, HONOR and INTELLIGENCE out of the media.

    RON PAUL 2008!!

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. dang huy

    Bravo to Fergus Cullen for having the courage to do the only right thing there is to do in this type of situation! I hope this serves as a reminder to the RNC of what they are and who they serve!

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Jeff

    It is disappointing to still be in the dark as to why they are excluded, and as to why the State's party could not communicate effectively with Fox News. This issue has certainly affected the credibility of the forum, and it does so begrudgingly. This could have been an excellent example of equality in our political system.

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Michael Dane Petersen

    It is "unfair" and "unbalanced" for Fox to exclude 10th Term Congressman & Republican GOP candidate Ron Paul from the "Fox News Forum" Sunday night. Ron Paul is placing third in New Hampshire at 14% in the current Rasmussen poll. This past Monday I contacted Direct TV and had them remove any channels that are Fox or affiliated. Furthermore, I informed my entire family to dump their Fox/News Corp. (NWS) stock. Fox News is weak, tired & old. The internet is KING and Americans are waking up in drastic numbers and seeking the truth on the net.
    Find out about Ron Paul on Google, YouTube and MySpace. It's worth your time and money.

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Chris

    Fox News has once again proved to the world that it is anything but fair and balanced. Instead of being a legit news network, it is a collection of propaganda, distortions, lies, and fluff perpetuated by the elite smut peddler thugs they call journalists. Thanks to fox, Bush still has a 20% approval rating. Fox News needs to be dismantled and taken off the air once and for all. They would have been perfect in Germany in the late 1930's.

    Watch to youtube and watch "Outfoxed- Rupert Murdochs War on Journalism"

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Rachel Scott

    Ever since the false Press Conference FOX NEWS held during the California wildfires, I have lost more and more faith in that network. CNN and other sources have a great opportunity to completely wipe Fox off the map.

    Ron Paul is a very legitimate candidate. Our Constitution allows for We the People to OVERTURN a corrupt government, so if Ron isn't allowed in.. We'll just have to take the Constitution into our own hands. Not a threat in the slightest, just letting folks out there know that WE KNOW OUR RIGHTS!

    thanks, and vote for Ron Paul

    January 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Jon

    by 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."

    Your negativity helps no more than our positive efforts, and the only thing you can concentrate your negativeness on is the people who are trying to change things. You suck it up, and accept what you know and CHANGE it. You are nothing more than a hallowed out clone that only wishes to hallow out others.

    Wake up from your daydreaming.. or should I say sun-lit nightmare.

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Dang

    lol...I feel like some of the RP people will start to take up arms just like our nation once did in their revolution. It's getting there, and i hope it doesn't get to that point but you never know what will happen when the media silence our voice.

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Dawnn

    All the candidates should be have the chance to speak,
    and be HEARD!!!

    I for one am tired of others deciding everything for us.
    Let the people decide.

    The people want to hear what everybody has to say,
    not just the peope with the most money.

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. J.Z.H

    Good job, NHRP! It's great to see people standing up for what's right. Faux News is a sham. Fair and balanced? What a joke!

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Ess Dub

    kudos to the NH GOP for standing up to fox.
    RP 08

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Matt Rusin

    It's obvious that FOX NEWS just won't let Dr. Paul in the debate because he's going to bring up issues everyone else is affraid of talking about(including FOX). They say it's because he isn't doing good enough in the polls.... Come on... does anyone really believe this?? He did much better in Iowa than other candidates that ARE being included and made HISTORY in American politics by raising over 6 million dollars in 24 hours. To me, this just illuminates the fact that FOX NEWS is a true propaganda machine. LET THE TRUTH BE HEARD. GIVE AMERICA A CHANCE!! Ron Paul Revolution

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |

    Since our comments will never effect Fox Noise and their BIASED opinions, we should boycott only the MAJOR sponsors of said Faux news. Thanks CNN for at least giving us a forum to vent our angers. Hey Wolf, I propose that if Ron Paul becomes our next President, you shave that squirrel off your face. DEAL???

    January 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Paul

    Kudos to the NH GOP for standing strong. Other Fox viewers should look at what this company is providing. We will show you the candidates we want you to see, the others don't exist. I encourage all who believe in unbiased media coverage to boycott Fox and it's sponsors. We the people can make a difference!

    January 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Don Henry Ford Jr.

    It's awful early for a media corporation to be deciding who and who isn't a legitimate candidate, especially when the candidate in question outpolled Rudy Giuliani in the Iowa caucuses, and has raised more money than the rest from small groundswell sources.

    Ron Paul, in my opinion is the only candidate in the Republican party with a fresh vision for America.

    January 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Chris C

    This was the right move by the GOP!!


    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Brian carpenter

    Ron Paul finished better in the Iowa cacus than some of the candidates participating in the debates. I think John Mayer says it best in his song waiting on the world to change.

    and when you trust your television

    what you get is what you got

    cause when they own the information, oh

    they can bend it all they want

    Ron Paul = Freedom

    Wake up America!

    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. James

    Fox News Network
    "We said no Ron, its our birthday and your not invited " what kind of babies are they at Fox!

    Ron Paul should be there.

    What does FOX have to loose, and why do they want to exclude Ron Paul?

    They just aggravate the hell right out of me! They push my buttons! always

    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Daniel, Wichita Ks.

    Good Call New Hampshire. Screw Faux News.

    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Chris Thornton

    I'm a Conservative first, and Republican second. And I must say i'm getting tired of Fox News and Conservative talk radio trying to persuade me to vote for certain candidates. Glenn Beck says Ron Paul is crazy and hasn't got a chance. Sean Hannity is pushing Mitt Romney hard and heavy. Only Rush Limbaugh has the intelligence to not back any one candidate before the official nomination.

    Also, if Fox News was truely "fair and balanced", they would make the effort to include ALL Republican Presidential nominees in the forum. Not just the ones that Fox News considers "top contenders". I'm at the point that I don't care to watch Fox News anymore, or listen to Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity anymore.

    There is only ONE candidate that truely fits the Conservative mold, Ron Paul. And yet, none of the main stream conservative talk shows or news channels are giving Dr. Paul any credit as a viable conservative Republican Presidential candidate.

    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Danielle Cara

    Awesome! No one should be excluded because someone ( or a group) doesnt agree with their stand! I will no longer watch Fox News because of this. They have made clear that their agenda is more important then whats right. But no worries! Ron Paul is still gaining momentum without the help of Fox.

    January 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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