Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fox GOP debate under attack

Fox News Channel's plan to limit the first Republican primary debate to just 10-12 of the expected 18 candidates is under attack by several New Hampshire officials who claim it is unfair to the candidates cut out and voters.

In a letter to Fox boss Roger Ailes and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the officials proposed that Fox change the Aug. 6 debate format to include all candidates, or something closer to what CNN is planning in September.

"It is understandable that a large field presents logistical and broadcast challenges, and that Fox News is seeking to provide a forum in which candidates can be provided enough time to substantively communicate on the issues. However, the proposed limitations are unnecessarily narrow and risk eliminating potentially viable candidates based on unreliable national polling that is rarely predictive of primary election outcomes," said the letter.