January 5th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
11 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. dorothea

    I live in NH.

    I would not believe the polls.
    My phone has been ringing constantly and I have been picking it up and going through the questions asked both by live people and automation.

    The automated questions do not include Ron Paul as an answer in their multiple choice questions.

    Like Fox, they are biased.

    The polls done by humans, I try to find out who is funding them. If they refuse to tell me, I refuse to cooperate. If they tell me who is funding them, I answer their questions.

    Polls are just made to make the public think a certain way.

    Ron Paul is not an anti semite. He wants to stop all foriegn aid. If the people worried about this issue can read or hear what he is saying and how he has voted, you would realize this. Right now, under current government, we give more forign aid to Arab nations than to Isreal. That is what I call anti-semitic.

    I live in NH and am voting for Ron Paul at the Tuesday's Primary election.
    I am voting for CHANGE. It is time.

    January 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. nathan smith

    I'm voting for either Obama or Hillary, however If I were to vote GOP my choice would be Ron Paul, FOX should be ashamed, they clearly want the cross dresser from ny to be the prez. The top dog at fox mr murdoch was married by the mayor, and is close friends with him, it makes e sick....

    January 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Meg C.

    I think its really unfair for everyone. All Americans deserve to hear what every candidate has to say. What has this country become? Its sad and gross. Fox News is part of the problem.

    January 7, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Darryl Van Kirk

    From watching CNN , Fox , ABC, NBC & MSNBC I have to say the Fox is the least Fair and Balanced.

    It won't be long until all viewers come to the same conclusion.

    Want to froth at the mouth & gloat about killing people . . . tune into Fox.

    Goodbye O'Reilly

    Former Fox News Junkie

    January 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Joe-Arkansas

    I would like to thank Fox News. Their exclusion gave Dr. Paul quite a bit of face-time on the other networks. There are plenty of people in America that have not heard Dr. Paul's message yet, and this fiasco will make people wonder, "Who is Ron Paul?"

    January 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Clorisa

    How does this reflect on the integrity of the Republican Candidates to allow this to happen. They should have pulled out when they found that Fox did not include all the Candidates.

    January 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Shannon

    I will no longer be watching Fox News as a direct result of this incident. The people at Fox News should be ashamed of themselves. I hope you realize how many faithful republican viewers you have lost because of this mess...

    – a former Fox News junkie, now converted to CNN...

    January 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. charlie

    Those who watch Faux News are supporting terrorism.

    January 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Oregonian

    Candidates should be given equal opportunity. Ron Paul is the best candidate we have and he was excluded?!?! Let's be honest, there are many die-hards out there that will go the distance with Ron Paul. Please let him have his chance. He is amazing and one the best candidates America has had in a long time. Let's bring back the constitutionalist and true republican and get him into the White House! VOTE RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Billy Wood

    Thank you FOX News. Ron Paul got more publicity from not being allowed into your forum then he would have if you had let him participate. That seems to be a major fault that the media has. Every time they censor something they end up propping it up. I'm just glad that this time it turned out to be something productive. FOX News you are on notice. I will be boycotting the products of all of your sponsors.

    January 7, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. mkt watcher

    Honestly, all the free press from this is amazing. Hurray for unintended consequences!

    January 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Jason Dixon

    The greatest travesty in modern times has been the prejudiced attitudes toward the great Ron Paul. Ron Paul is my personal hero, he is a true American, Senators around the nation consider him as "The stand alone brave courageous man who really tells it like it is." He is a diplomatic man who is the first I have heard speak good common sense about foreign policy and military direction. Ron Paul is the only candidate who even understands just how seriously the Federal Reserve is stealing from every single citizen of the U.S. We NEED this guy to get elected if we are ever going to stop the fact that NOTHING backs the U.S. currency. Ron Paul wants our currency to be backed by more than an overly expensive military. Ron wants it backed it gold and silver like the good old days! This is a very brave stance because the Federal Reserve has had virtually NO accountability and there needs to be some accountability; it's real simple, Where Did The Gold Go?!

    January 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. jason

    i think it's a prime example of corporate interests running our american economy. Fox and the big time corporate interests they represent, do not like Ron Paul's message so they make up excuses to not allow him to debate, therefore limiting the options of the mindless idiots that watch Fox News. They did the same thing to Ralph Nader when he ran for president. How this network gets away with this is truly baffling. The people we elect to represent us do us no justice by allowing such grievances to continue.

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

    THIS IS CENSORSHIP !! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!! SHAME ON YOU FOX, !!! This is why so many in this country don't exercise a right their forefathers died protecting. It's because of GREEDY CLOWNS LIKE YOU, the "ELECTORAL COLLEGE", this "PRIMARY" cluster-foxtrot, (and a few "hanging chads"), that americans feel that their one vote doesn't count. You spend millions telling kids to vote, and deny their candidate access to them. Just screw the whole thing!!!!!! What's brittney Spears doing these days???

    January 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Dave

    I bet if Ron Paul had come out of nowhere to win 10% in Iowa by espousing a "New World Order", global free trade and One world Government he would be featured prominently by Fox.....

    Personally I would encourage all Ron Paul supporters to write the advertisers who air during the debate and express disdain for their products so long as they pay the bills of a news organization that is so grossly biased.

    January 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Jonny

    Ron Paul FTL – he lost early on – he is a waste of time. Short term he sounds good but long term he will kill us all.

    Maybe what this really shows is that people depend too much on the press for their political information.

    Ron Paul – popular among people who don't like to do their homework and expect someone else to do it for them. Luckily the majority of people in America can still think for themselves.

    January 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. John

    At the beginning of the debate the moderator said the threshhold for candidates was 10%. The next show after the debate showed the polls with Rudy Giuliani at 9%, Ron Paul at 8%. Why didn't Giuliani have to meet the 10% threshhold?

    January 9, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  18. C Graw

    It is very clear to me why Dr. Paul is being silenced in the mainstream media. Those in control either fear his message or hate freedom. Maybe both. As for "jonny" who is clearly delusional in thinking that most Americans can think for themselves, I ask you to read your Constitution, to compare the state of the nation with those principles, and then think again before you so haphazardly speak, my friend.

    True Patriots will do the same. I commend Dr. Ron Paul and any other honest citizen who lives by and defends the Constitution, especially in these dark times when taking a stand for Freedom is so abhorred and ridiculed. Long live the Republic.

    January 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Roger

    When an international corporation mixes with the ability of the American people to learn about all the canidates running to be THEIR president we ALL LOOSE something. The RIGHT to free and balanced news coverage without the likes of Austrailan intervention (ROOPERT MERDOC, is an Aussie and owner of FOX NEWS) is fundimental to our democracy. Have the RIGHTS of all Americans been violated by the censorship of Ron Paul by an Austrailan corporation like FOX NEWS?!

    January 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Marlo

    Vote for Ron Paul! He is America's Hope for 2008!

    January 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. David

    Just another reason I hate FOX news. They should be shut down for trying to influence the nation against candidates who should be heard, but aren't.

    January 15, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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