RNC officially breaks from NBC for next debate; awards moderator-spot to different network

The Republican National Committee officially severed its business relationship with NBC News for the upcoming GOP presidential primary debate in February.

The debate will continue as scheduled on February 26 with CNN replacing the network.

By a unanimous vote, the RNC debate committee voted Monday to cut ties with NBC News, according to Breitbart News. The vote, via a conference call, followed an update from chairman Reince Priebus.

The decision was more or less a formality after Priebus thoroughly criticized moderators following the CNBC debate in October. CNBC anchor John Harwood drew the most scorn with a number of candidates taking issue with his line of questioning.

In a letter to NBC News chairman Andy Lack following that debate, Priebus said the RNC was suspending their partnership.

“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,” he wrote. “We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.”

Clearly, the “consultation” didn’t go in NBC’s favor.

Brietbart News reported that CNN was chosen to join with National Review and Telemundo to moderate the February debate being held at the University of Houston — the two outlets were already scheduled to participate.

CNN has already moderated two GOP debates, the first in September, followed by one in December. The network has received mostly positive remarks for its performances.

Tom Tillison


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