The moderators’ handling of Wednesday’s GOP debate has elicited the following response from Reince Priebus to NBC:
I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 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.
CNBC had allegedly broken several promises on how the debate would be conducted:
CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.” That was not the case. Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case. Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. The first question directed to one of our candidates asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.
Indeed, when Carl Quintanilla attacked Sen. Cruz for not being a problem solver, he and the other moderators received this well-deserved reply:
Quintanilla dishonestly tried to argue that his question to Cruz was about the debt ceiling; it wasn’t. Quintanilla used the debt ceiling as a backdrop for his attack on Cruz by asking him why his opposition to the pending agreement on that issue didn’t illustrate his inability to be a problem solver. I guess CNBC’s moderators can’t even remember what questions they asked, let alone conduct a debate in a professional manner.