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. Mike

    It is not so much the fact that FOX news is unfair and unbalanced, but that they are scared as most of the corporations making money overseas from the war. "IF" Ron Paul were to become "popular" in the media it would be devistating for all involved. If you look at the internet Ron Paul wins hands down. For whatever reason, I can only guess, the mainstream media does not report the actual on-line polls. Why? Why not show EVERY aspect for the people to see? I guess theres not enough time to air it with "Brittany Spears breaking news". Theres that saying about "keeping your friends close and your enemies closer". Well all of the online people watch the mainstream media just for that reason. We get to see what "news" is being force fed to the country. If you hear something enough times, you will start to believe it. Thanks to the internet we are able to research and discount most of what we are told. Believe NON of what you hear and HALF of what you see................QUESTION EVERYTHING!

    Thank you CNN for at least trying.
    Mike Austin
    Gulf Breeze, Fl

    January 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Julian

    Fox News is just being "Fox News" and this didnt surprise me all that much.

    What has surprised me has been CNN's (and MSNBC's) fairness in coverage of Paul's campaign and now, the adherence to principle by the New Hampshire GOP.

    My hat is off to Fergus Cullen and his organization for the stand they are taking against outright and inexcusable bias. It is perhaps the first high-profile move in this presidential race to blow the whistle on blatant favoritism and media outlets determining who is a suitable candidate rather than the people.

    January 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Ramon Mata

    I'm glad CNN is reporting this. Fox news is always talking bad about CNN. Now we know where the dirty money leads to. Fox news is against anything good for America they just want war and America's destruction so they can have something to report.

    January 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Buzz "CATS 4 RP08"

    As long as the media realizes they are destroying America by hijacking the peoples information ,and they know full well if our country goes down the tubes we all be coming for them they should really be making a decision for themselves on wether a big fat paycheck is worth being dragged thru the streets and hung upside down and gutted like a pig.

    Think about it Bill-O.

    January 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. flaherty

    Awesome on the part of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Fox is just too scared to let Ron Paul broadcast his ideas of smaller government.

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Katrina

    Faux News is now competing with TNT for the slogan "We Know Drama". Their "news" is either spun beyond anything remotely accurate, or completely fabricated to begin with. I used to be a fan of the network....until I realized these things.

    Excluding ANY candidate from a debate is disgraceful. I'm not a fan of Duncan Hunter, but as long as he's still casting his oar in the waters of the Presidential run, he should be allowed the same platform to express his views and opinions.

    I AM a fan of Ron Paul and think his views are so vastly different from the others that it would be a complete shame to NOT include him. Without him, it's going to be a room full of guys who are all saying the same things in different voices.

    The NH Republican Party made the right choice here. Faux News said they would include the top 5 Iowa finishers. Last time I checked, Ron Paul placed 5th in the Iowa caucuses. So what's the problem? Oh, I know; they were using his "predicted" low numbers as an excuse to exclude him simply because they don't like him and are threatened by him. Their first excuse was ridiculous, their continued refusal is a mockery of the democratic process.

    Bravo, New Hampshire Republicans!

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Lane

    I'm not watching Fox News, except snips to catch a ad. When I get that ad, I go to their website and tell them that i won't be buying their product because Fox news won't allow Ron Paul to debate.

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. larry

    Ron Paul is exposing the new world order and thier agenda. The populace have been asleep for so long, but are waking up to the realities that our world is going downhill fast. These wars have bankrupted America,
    our economy is going into a recession.

    Its sad. But I still have hope that people will realize that Ron Paul is the only answer. Everyone else is apart of the war machine.

    Hillary and Obama are both pro-nuclear war. And are open to bombing Iran next.

    Wake up people. These is our world.

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Scott Conrad

    What makes this really rediculous is that Ron Paul finished ahead of Rudy Giuliani in the Iowa Caucus. Duncan Hunter deserves airtime also. The two men that stand up to the status quo are the ones that get persecuted by the general media. If people gave Ron Paul a chance to be heard in more than 30 second snippets he may have even more pull among the republican base. This just proves that there is a genuine bias. I commend CNN on reporting this and the New Hampshire Republican Party for not standing by and letting this go unnoticed.

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Will Shooter

    Good old FUX News: Unfair and Unbalanced. We underreport, you decide, to change the channel.

    So when Ron Paul wins, what will FUX report? Man bites dog?

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Adam Sultan--VA

    I am outraged that Fox News is trying to silence Ron Paul in a state where he is so well supported. Fox news really needs to pay attention to what's ACTUALLY going on with this race and replace Fred Thompson with Dr. Paul. The people obviously want him to speak.

    January 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Jordan G.

    "Comments are moderated by CNN".... I'm surprised they are letting us comment on Ron Paul. Anyone with a brain knows that Ron Paul is the most human choice for a president. The big media is trying to control the way Americans think buy filtering what you see when you see it. Ron Paul has taking over every Fox News debate, and they HATE it. It all just makes more and more sense to me. It's all a lie. RON PAUL 2008, IT'S SIMPLE.

    January 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. An Angry American

    FOX Media is owned and operated by paid off turkeys. Not only are they banking on certain candidates to win. But they are taking away any threat to those candidates by excluding them from debates. Dr. Paul is a threat to all candidates because he is winning over the American public, the real citizens he is fighting for.

    It's disgusting and it goes to show you how far down this country really is when a presidential candidate can't even speak and gets barred from a debate by a media outlet!

    The corrupt government of the US and the corrupt, shady media's of this country are what really runs it and that is why we are going down fast.

    Dr. Paul is our only hope for pulling up this sinking ship. Clinton or Barrack as president will only put more holes in our boat.

    RON PAUL 2008!! The only hope for America!

    January 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Mike

    I thin kit is ridiculous that FOX would exclude any candidate. Especially a candidate with such a presence. Dr. Paul has raised record breaking funds, has a huge internet following, and doubled Giulliani votes in Iowa's caucus. This is all after the new rated him at maybe 2 %. The man scored 10%. The media has already shunned Ron Paul enough. This is just another attempt to push the insiders. What happened to free elections??? Fair and Balanced???? free thought!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!says america BOOOOOOO!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Roose

    The fact that any candidate is excluded from a nationally-televised debate is an absolute travesty. If they let him in the debate, though, will the Fox spokesman even ask Ron Paul any questions giving him a fair amount of time to speak on the issues, or will it be the same rigmarole that occurred, when Ross Perot was allowed in the debate, in which he was only asked one question and silenced by the media? Either way, I am boycotting Fox altogether. If I had shares in their parent company, they would be liquidated.

    January 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Jonathan Calvert

    Ron Paul is clearly a viable candidate, and his steady momentum speaks for the public's attitude towards him. How and why FOX decided to exclude him as a participant in the debate is beyond my simple understanding. Its never too late to squeeze in another podium and accommodate another voice.

    January 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. sandy

    ron paul has a right to be in the debate, and fox news is afraid he will win, that is why they want to keep him away from fox news media attention.

    January 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Brad Penoyer

    Thanks goodness that the GOP took away its sponsorship of the FOX debates. I'm glad somebody with influence sees the folly of excluding candidates.

    The mass media makes it difficult enough for little know candidates to become known, let alone candidates that are actually receiving relatively large numbers of votes and significant support.

    A former FOX News supporter thanks CNN for reporting on the story.

    January 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. gina

    I personally will boycott Faux News for what they have done. Free country??? yeah right!! Kudos to CNN for giving the people an opportunity to express our outrage. I'm just glad that the NH GOP is making a stand.

    January 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Lou

    What is democracy without choice?
    They should all be there to speak...Move into the street if you don't have room.
    Don't be cheap and petty. This is the nation of free speech and if you want to set an example.
    Do it.
    If I am wrong in your eyes. Then you are blind.
    I voted in Iowa for a reason. And if that means nothing to you I'll just move to another channel. And if you don't miss me I won't miss you.
    Do the right thing.
    Yellow journalism never hides for long. Even if it wants to.

    January 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Adam

    I just want to see Paul get a chance to express his views freely. If given that chance, I don't see how he can lose. How can you argue that war, is better than trade and diplomacy? Getting rid of the IRS, the only people to lose money will be the moneymakers, seeing how the federal income tax is directly proportianate to the monies going back to the Federal Reserve(a private banking institution). Just waiting for people to wake up and see the truth.

    Everybody needs to watch this http://www.zeitgiestmovie.com

    Ron Paul for president!

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Dixie Dawn

    How someone can say Fox News is not biased is beyond me, its clear to see they've chosen whom they want Americans to hear and it makes me wonder on how many other issues they have skirted the truth or left things out. Are all the news networks and papers bought out can we trust anyone to tell us the truth or will they just keep feeding us what they want us to hear. Its time for Americans to take a stand and stop letting the government not only take care of them but brainwash them into their way of thinking. I say THANK YOU NH FOR HAVING SOME GUTS AND GLORY...its about time someone stood up for Truth, Justice, and what was supposed to be the American way. Ron Paul is the way to go, the only way to go if you want these qualities for our country, every other candidate will weaken and fall. Paul will stand strong and fight for what we believe in and its time for Americans to wake up and see whats really going on before its too late.

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Eunice H

    I completely support their decision to pull their partnership from the table. As the state's official Republican Party, they should not be condoning a debate that does not feature all the presidential hopefuls. If I'm not mistaken, Ron Paul soundly beat Giuliani in Iowa. Likewise, Huckabee has come out of nowhere to suddenly become a national contender for the presidential seat; should Duncan Hunter be considered out of the races already? Fox News, as we all know, is a highly biased news conglomerate that, it seems, tries 110% harder than all the other media conglomerates to indoctrinate its viewers with bipartisan ideology.
    Kudos to Rupert Murdoch for vowing to maintain the integrity of the Wall Street Journal, but I don't think we can quite believe him until the future pans out for the paper.
    Regardless, the exclusion of two Republican candidates running for President of the United States of America from a Republican debate that is going to be nationally televised to mostly uneducated, uninformed voters is, in my opinion, incredibly unethical and further goes to show that Fox News has no integrity when it comes to being a news agency.

    In the same vein, the fact that Ron Paul, despite his upset of Giuliani, considered one of the frontrunner for the Office, has received absolutely NO recognition whatsoever from the mainstream media also shows the incredibly biased, unfair and unbalanced nature of today's journalists. Every network is out to get ratings and improve the earnings of shareholders and big business instead of working to provide the American people with objective topics and word selection. Not to stereotype – because I'm sure there are plenty of journalists out there who toil through the intense deadlines and meager earnings because they do it for the love of the game – but journalists need to throw off the corporate pressures and strive to provide the American people with the best. There is a reason independently owned and run online news magazines are beginning to garner more readers than traditional television, and why people scoff at the idea of even watching cable news – they're jokes. Please, for the sake of our intelligence and the lagging intelligence of the stupid people in this great, stupid country – let's overhaul the system.

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. An Angry American from NY

    Also, it's a shame how Giuliani is trying to win this election by exploiting the blood of many helpless victims of 9/11.

    If I have to hear 9/11 out of this guy's mouth one more time I think I will lose it and throw my TV out. I lived through 9/11. I've breathed in the smoke and who knows whatever else was in the air those few months after it.

    If you vote for this guy, our former mayor, than it will be a slap in the face to the victims and their families of 9/11.

    RON PAUL 2008!

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. shannon mawson

    -Shannon Casey LaFrance-

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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