CNN Replaces NBC as Host of GOP’s Super Tuesday Debate

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CNN is replacing NBC News as the host of the Republican National Committee’s Super Tuesday debate in February, it was announced on Monday.

“The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25th in Houston at a location to be decided,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement released by CNN.

The RNC suspended its partnership with NBC News late last year, with the Republican organization taking issue with the way the news network handled the third GOP debate in October and the questions moderators asked candidates.

“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,” Priebus wrote in a letter to CNBC chairman Andrew Lack. “We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

The RNC’s debate committee apparently unanimously voted to terminate NBC’s involvement in a vote held Monday afternoon.

NBC has previously hosted two Republican primary debates.

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  1. bluesdoc70 says:

    LOL…All three of the “moderators” might as well have been wearing Clinton campaign buttons. They made total a**’s of themselves and their network. NBC is in the same league with “Daily Kos”

  2. Cam says:

    So in other words, the GOP can’t answer simple questions. They claim their candidates are tough enough to deal with people like Putin but can’t even answer a straightforward debate question? What scared little children they are. They aren’t ready for Prime Time.

  3. Jay says:

    Everyone knows that M.S.N.B.C. is owned by Obama and the Democratic Party which tells them what to say and think.

  4. fred mertz says:

    What’s amazing is that you’re taking the Republican debates seriously. Personally I think they need Emmett Kelly as a moderator. Oh, he’s dead? That’s no reason to disqualify him.

  5. MarinMichael says:

    I guess those left wing pretty boy anchors at NBC aren’t going to get another shot at promoting their personal politics as opposed to conducting a debate focused on the GOP candidates political positions. What was that CNBC anchor’s name who represented an entire proud NBC/Universal network and failed to receive any retribution from management for his behavior?

  6. Alex says:

    NBC/U should have fired everyone at CNBC after that disaster, but if that doesn’t get you fired at NBC/U nothing can.

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