This is a huge game changer. You can expect to see a huge change in the GOP debates after this decision.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus — as he works to address presidential candidates’ frustration with the debate process in the wake of this week’s CNBC face-off — announced Friday that the RNC is “suspending the partnership” with NBC News for an upcoming February debate.
Priebus delivered the news — the latest fallout from a controversial CNBC debate on Wednesday — in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack. He noted that CNBC is one of their media properties, even if they do not exercise full editorial control over the network.
Complaining that the CNBC debate was “conducted in bad faith,” Priebus said they need to ensure there is not a repeat performance and will suspend the partnership for a planned debate at the University of Houston on Feb. 26, 2016.
“The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” Priebus said in the letter, while insisting they would still have a debate on Feb. 26.
Each campaign has its own distinct interests and complaints about the process. Aside from complaints that questions from CNBC moderators were biased and unfair, campaigns are concerned about everything from the amount of time they have to speak on stage to the criteria for qualifying for the main-stage and undercard events.
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