NH GOP Withdraws Sponsorship of FOX Debate
UnionLeader.com has learned that the New Hampshire Republican Party has quit as a co-sponsor of tomorrow night’s nationally televised GOP forum on FOX News. The event had become controversial when FOX refused to include Ron Paul.
In a press release, state Republican Party chairman Fergus Cullen said, “We believe all recognized major candidates should have an equal opportunity to participate in pre-primary debates and forums. This principle applies to tonight’s debates on ABC as well as Sunday’s planned forum on FOX. 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.”
FOX News issued a one-sentence statement this afternoon from its vice president of news, David Rhodes: “We look forward to presenting a substantive forum which will serve as the first program of its kind this election season.”
“The New Hampshire Republican Party did the right thing by pulling its sponsorship,” said Ron Paul 2008 spokesman Jesse Benton, who called FOX’s continued refusal to admit his candidate “unfair.”
Meanwhile Kucinich goes after Disney for the exclusions in tonight’s ABC debate. Fun stuff! But fair is fair, right?