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Thursday, October 15, 2015
CNBC And GOP Debate Candidates At Odds
If we don't have opening and closing statements, CNBC can go fuck themselves."Chris LaCivita, aide to Rand Paul.
Why such sleaze from Rand Paul campaign?
It appears CNBC hosting of the next GOP debate was set to take place without opening and closing remarks. While I remain extra critical of all this GOP, the CNBC edict is a bit concerning. Why should a television network so shape a candidate's opportunity to perform as in other television network debates? We can rest assured, it was an NBC money grab.
Talking Points Memo ran a piece on the NBC campaign rule and the GOP candidate response along with an embed of a letter from the Trump camp to NBC executives.
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Trump, Carson Threaten To Boycott Next GOP Debate After 'Debacle' RNC Call
Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the Republicans' top-polling presidential candidates, threatened to boycott the next GOP debate on CNBC if the format for the event does not change following a chaotic call with the Republican National Committee.
In a joint letter sent to CNBC Thursday, Trump and Carson said they would not participate if the debate ran longer than two hours including commercials or if it did not allow for opening and closing statements by the candidates.
The Republicans' campaigns discussed the network's rules on a RNC conference call about the Oct. 28 debate on Wednesday, when Trump's campaign manager threatened to boycott the event if the demands were not met.
According to Politico's account of the call – as verified by three unnamed sources – the conversation quickly devolved after two top RNC officials asked for each candidate's "red line" for circumstances that would force candidates to skip the debate.
A strategist for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the candidate might not attend without opening and closing remarks. Rand Paul aide Chris LaCivita responded: "If we don't have opening and closing statements, CNBC can go fuck themselves."
After all has been said. screamed about, whined over and the network's eventual backdown, I must again ask. Why such sleaze from the Rand Paul aide? Does the Paul management team not care the young people may read and follow the issues related to the 2016 campaign? How does the 8th-grade teacher address Paul's response in the civics lesson?