The Republican National Committee has kicked out NBC News from being the sponsor of the Republican debate scheduled for the 26th of February because of controversy over the previous debate hosted by NBC News media partner CNBC.
The announcement comes after a couple of campaigns expressing their willingness to change the debate format because of candidates not having enough time to speak.
According to Reuters, the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that NBC will not be hosting the debate on the 26th of February in Houston, Texas, because the committee wants to make sure that the Republican candidates receive a “full and fair” opportunity to state their vision for America.
The previous debate held in Boulder, Colorado was highly criticized by both candidates for President and voters for not going in the right direction and handling the topic of economy and its moderators not being able to control the debate.
According to Reuters, Priebus sent NBC a letter in which he wrote “While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates.”
NBC replied with a statement saying “This is a disappointing development. However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party.”
Candidates running for the 2016 Elections Republican nomination have expressed their disappointment as well in the moderators of the CNBC debate, with Ted Cruz and Chris Christie objecting to questions about Fantasy Football and stating this is why the American people do not trust the mainstream media.
Representatives from several campaigns are set to meet and discuss possible alternatives for the broken debate format, because of the large number of candidates. It is possible that instead of having 10 candidates on stage at one time, the debate would be split in two debates with 90 minutes each.
According to Reuters, Trump is welcoming the Republican National Committee decision to drop NBC News citing “the total lack of substance and respect exhibited during the Wednesday’s night’s debate.” His campaign added “We look forward to pursuing alternatives along with the RNC to ensure candidates are given ample opportunity to outline their vision for the future of our country.”
The CNBC debate held on Wednesday night had lower ratings compared to the previous two debates hosted by CNN and Fox, but registered a 14 million viewers, a record for the network.