CNN to release all debate footage without restrictions
May 6th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN to release all debate footage without restrictions

(CNN) - All footage from the upcoming CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate will be made available to the public without any restrictions, the network announced Friday.

As previously announced, CNN will team up with WMUR and the Union Leader to host a GOP primary debate in the first-in-the-nation primary state on June 13.

"Due to the historical nature of presidential debates and the significance of these forums to the American public, CNN believes strongly that the debates should be accessible to all viewers," according to a statement released by the network.

The same policy will be instituted for all the presidential primary debates CNN is hosting this cycle.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. PalmReader

    Wonder if the debaters in this scheduled debate will be required to answer the *hard* questions by a collective raising their hands as was done last night on FOX?

    May 6, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Oh no. "Without Restrictions" There's that mainstream media bias at work again.
    I have never understood why some media outlets pride themselves as being outside of the mainstream. When you are not in the main stream of a river, doesn't that mean you are at the extreme? All the way off to one side, if not beached on the bank?

    May 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    So what's the news here? Was this not always done? If not, why the sudden change? And actually, these are primary debates, not presidential debates. CNN thinks these are suddenly very important?

    May 6, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. rusty155

    Who care There Is Not a Republican that Is worth voting for. Beside that They seam to think the MIDDLE CLASS ,THE POOR AND THE OLD have to pay for all these Budget cut. They don't think The RICH ,or Big Business or the Oil company are not American Too.

    May 6, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Discernment

    . . . UH . . . WHY?

    None of the GOP candidates from last night's debate in South Carolina will be around long after next Super Tuesday which is 7-February-2012. Therefore, why is CNN wasting their time and money promoting a debate where none of the GOP contestants is expected to make it to March Madness 2012?

    May 6, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. S. In California - Obama 2012

    No one cares about this circus. None of them and I do mean NONE of them will EVER get a chance to debate our president one on one. Save your money, time and effort CNN and place this one in the lost files.

    May 6, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Aaron from Louisiana

    There is someone out of these 5 candidates who deserves to butt heads with the best of them. Ron Paul has more experience and common sense than anyone in both the Democratic and the Republican parties right now. He has worked too hard for too long while constantly getting the short end of the stick. He's won my vote, and I will try to spread his name to everyone I know. If you think the same way I do then you should too. But whatever you do, do not be rude about it. It must reflect the ideals and passion that Dr. Paul exercises himself.

    May 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Aaron

    It's odd how they dropped the fact that the debate is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing group used by the billionaire Koch brothers to fund the Tea Party.

    May 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    It's odd how they dropped the fact that the debate is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing group used by the billionaire Koch brothers to fund the Tea Party.
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    As opposed to the hundreds of left wing groups funded by George Soros? Oh, OK, thanks for that tidbit of irrelevance.

    May 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WOO-HOOO!!!
    Not.

    May 6, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans were on their 2 week vacation when Pres. Obama captured and killed OBL and what is our President doing today, moving on to more important issues while Republicans are doing nothing but rehashing the same over and over again non-issues.

    May 6, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "It's odd how they dropped the fact that the debate is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing group used by the billionaire Koch brothers to fund the Tea Party.
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    As opposed to the hundreds of left wing groups funded by George Soros? Oh, OK, thanks for that tidbit of irrelevance."
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    Glenn? Is that you? Just wanted to let you know your new chalkboards are in the mail. Did you remember to take your medication this morning?

    Guess what? Nobody has video of any group Soros has ever sponsored sitting down for a tutorial on how to astroturf and take over the pupblic discourse with mindless talking points like we do for Astroturf Frankenstein. And last I checked, Soros wasn't bussing people all over the country in order to make it look like an astroturf movement is some massive groundswell of grassroots fervor spreading like wildfire all over the country...despite many of the same faces showing up in the photos in, say, CA, then OH. Your conspiracy theories about Soros have no basis, whereas there is ample support for the accusations levied at the Koch brothers, Armey and the rest of the Astroturf Frankenstein team.

    May 6, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Vic of New York

    Thank you CNN. Too bad the foreign subversionist "FOX" network is only interested in self-serving right-wing PROPOGANDA.

    May 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Correct Party

    Why do we call these things debates? They are not.

    I'd like to see a moderator do their job and cut off rambling, participants that are not addressing the issue at hand. EMBARASS THEM.

    And for once, I hope these candidates are excoriated if they don't put forth a plan with actual steps to take, timetables, milestones and quantifiable, measurable indicators of success or failure for the plan.

    We can't afford to go back to the incompetence that marked the years 2000 to 2008.

    May 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |