January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
3 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. Karri Steed

    We are sending young men and women to Iraq to die or have their limbs blown off under the guise of establishing democracy and yet we don't have it here. I think of times I have seen soundbytes of propaganda on other "less civilized" countries and their fixed elections and controlled media and thought I lucky I was to be an American citizen. Then I woke up and realized the world is doing the same thing to us, only most of us are so brainwashed to even see it. What is happening here is disturbing and overwhemingly frustrating. It is unfair and disillusioning.

    January 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Adolph Ghouliani

    Does this mean we'll have to all huddle around one podium mic?

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Craig Merrihue

    Althought registered Democrat, and planning to vote for Barak Obama in California's primary, I recognize the unique and high calibre campaign Ron Paul is bringing to this election. I couldn't agree with the New Hampshire Republican party more. This first-in-the-nation primary offers almost any candidate serious about the issues an opportunity. Fox is acting on behalf of corporate fascism.

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Brandr

    I will not be watching the Fox Debate.
    It is clear that they are showing a bias.
    It is only fair to let all the candidates speak and let US decide who to exclude....by the vote.
    My hats off to the Republican Party for taking this stand and CNN for reporting it.

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Christian

    Didn't Congressman Dr. Ron Paul beat Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani by a 3-1 margin in Iowa? If Fox (News Corp) doesn't ban Giuliani from the debate, then we've got another perfect example of how Corporations run the U.S. Government.

    Watch Bill Moyer's Journal from last 1/4/08 – http://www.pbs.org/moyers/ for more on how Corporations try to control who our President will be.

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Zach Pleau

    Ridiculous that the "Fair and Balanced" network wouldn't provide Ron Paul with a fair and balanced opportunity to participate in the debate.

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Eric Downer

    Another example how the media attempts to make the news instead of just reporting it as if anyone is fooled .in my view this exclusion is going to back fire and help Ron Paul as voters will be angered and motivate them to turn out for him ..

    January 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Alexi

    Dont pay attention to faux news. Dont watch it. When one of those retards at the news station say anything stupid just to get attention so they can get ratings, dont pay attention cause the anchors there are not creditable at all. Than the problem will go away, faux news will finally go away.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. RedDelPaPa

    Faux news is beyond a joke. And so is ABC, CBS, and CNN. "All" of the mainstream media outlets are a complete fraud.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Ian

    A true shame.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Don

    The MSM has shown it's evil intent. They want to dictate to us, the American people, who we want to vote for. Just the fact that they dare to stage such an "event" in public completely destroys what little street cred, that MSM might have had left.
    Faux News is only one of them. I see how the so called "talking heads" talk their BS, and are so careful to avoid mentioning their disfavored candidates.
    I am sickened by this corporate media's pretense. They should just admit that they are not "news" and not anything other than a powerful voice for an unelected President, while instrumental in destroying our entire system of democratic action.
    Of course, we know that MSM has it's own lobbies, and caters to this corrupt process. They don't report what really goes on, and they really don't care about Americans, other than what they can sell to us.
    I am sick of them. I no longer watch TV news, and recently have become bored with their fantasy channels, as well.
    All of it, is with an agenda. They are always selling propaganda.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Tyler

    Three cheers for the NH GOP!

    It should be obvious that the Fox News network isn't worth watching anymore. I had been a viewer for a long time but I now believe they aren't putting the American voter first in this debate.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Alex, Richmond VA

    I think the NH GOP absolutely made the right choice. The Granite State has a huge libertarian population and its motto, "Live Free or Die," reflects that. I've heard that Bill Clinton, while campaigning for his wife, even skipped a scheduled appearance at Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester because he saw too many Ron Paul supporters milling around after a Ron Paul appearance.

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. eric b

    Is anybody suprised that Fox news is going back to their old hat of tricks to pull out yet another manipulative, executive, overpowering tactic to pull the curtains over the Ron Paul campaign, which has arguably picked up the most momentum in the past month...this is about as Un-American as it gets and it's nice to see i'm not the only person disgusted by this...

    January 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Bryan Duke

    Go Ron Go
    Ron Paul!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Amber

    Good for them! Everyone who is running deserves an equal opportunity, as well, I was always under the assumption the news was to be unbiased and kept free of personal feelings/belief/interests.

    January 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Jordan Amanns

    Do you all even care about whats best for our country or just your pockets$$$??

    January 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Jon

    It is beyond understanding how Fox News could exclude Ron Paul, who is polling higher than Thompson, Huckabee, and Giuliani, and has raised millions of dollars for his campaign.

    Fair and Balanced? Perhaps they need to change their slogan. But then again, at the rate they are going, it may not be necessary because they are sinking faster than Bush's approval rating, who they are nothing more than a cheerleader for.

    January 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Mark G.

    Never has Faux News, in my opinion, shown their truest colors up until the moment they barred Congressman Ron Paul from their debate. I saw this coming a mile away from the last Republican Debate in NH Fox hosted last year, when Ron Paul was declared the winner of that debate by Interent polls and when Congressman Paul was able to silence the facist commentator Sean Hannity (from the show Hannity and Combs) immediately in the after the debate.

    Everything that needs to be said has already been said about the apathy that Faux News portrays in trying to report what is newsworthy. This is was the News Organization that delcared George W. the winner first and prematurely in the 2000 election (even though Gore won by popular vote). Irresponsible media and journalism needs to be dealt with. Fight the advertisers. Join the support for the NH RNC in helping it to pull its sponsorship of the debate. Even if you do not support Ron Paul's campaign.....support what is right, what is fair, what is constitutional! Everyone has a right to be heard and to speak. Just because Ron Paul isn't 't golfing buddies with the Faux News chumps does not mean he can't be heard in a state where he is favored to be in the Top 3.

    Bring Back the Constitution....Start the Revolution!

    January 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Sean

    This is the final nail in the Fox News credability coffin.

    Sorry I didn't realize "fair and balanced" was tongue in check!

    I guess the joke is on us...I'd love to see em crash and burn.

    January 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. shane

    This is BULLS**T! Ron Paul is the real deal in a field full of pandering jerkoffs (McCain not included in that comment). They're just keeping him out to keep him from getting any more press than he's already gotten – they're scared people might hear his message and realize that there's actually a candidate out there worth voting for (again, McCain aside).

    What more would you expect from FAUX news corp.

    Rupert Murdoch is an evil abomination that should be... well... eradicated.

    January 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Nick C.

    The neocons are scared of Ron Paul's policy on Iraq. Many republicans such as myself are sick of the money and blood being spent on Iraq. The fact that Ron Paul doesn't drink the "we fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" kool-aid is probably why he isn't invited to this debate. Maybe the reason they fought us over here on Sept. 11th is because we've been meddling in middle-eastern affairs since the 60's, as far back as deposing the shah of Iran.

    Ron Paul preaches what I was taght in the 4th grade; Stay out of entagling alliances!

    January 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Bill M.

    It's really pathetic that Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter are not being allowed to participate in the Fox "Forum".

    First, Fox claims to be "fair and balanced". Second, candidates are supposed to be guaranteed equal air-time. Third, we are supposed to be part of a Constitutional Republic wherein a democratic process is supposed to take place. Finally, the "media" is supposed to take part in reporting the news. Not creating it or influencing elections.

    Is our Republic "dead"? Are we falling into the same trap the Romans fell into in 48 CE? We must, as citizens, be watchful and astute guardians of our Republic so that it is not taken away from us. As Ben Franklin once said when asked what kind of government we were given after the Constitutional Convention: " A Republic-If you can keep it"... Can we keep it? I certainly hope so!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. zach counter

    fox news sucks!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. James

    I'm proud to be a Republican living in New Hampshire. The NH GOP has made the right decision!

    January 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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