Donald Trump and Ben Carson â€” the twoRepublican frontrunners â€” support the RepublicanNational Committeeâ€™s move toâ€œsuspendâ€ its relationship with NBCNews for a GOP presidential debate in February because offrustration with how CNBC handled this week’s debate.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks provided a statement to The DailyCaller: â€œThe campaign supports theRNCâ€™s decision to suspend the debate on February26th due to the total lack of substance and respect exhibitedduring Wednesday nightâ€™s debate. We look forwardto pursuing alternatives along with the RNC to ensure candidatesare given ample opportunity to outline their vision for the futureof our country.â€
“We are have no objections to the RNC’sdecision,” Carson spokeswoman Deana Bass said in an email toTheDC. “The debates must focus on the American voters and noton network ratings of moderator egos.”
Other campaigns expressed support too.
“The RNC letter is a good first step,” Huckabeespokeswoman Alice Stewart said. “After the past fewdisappointing debates, we want to avoid another debate where themoderators become the story. Gov. Huckabee wants to talk about hiscommitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare.”
Stewart said they are still “having conversations withother campaigns and the RNC” about future debates.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to NBC News chairmanAndrew Lack on Friday saying that because of what happened at this weekâ€™s CNBC debate,â€œwe are suspending the partnership with NBC Newsfor the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston onFebruary 26, 2016.â€
â€œCNBC billed the debate as one that wouldfocus on â€˜the key issues that matter to allvotersâ€”job growth, taxes, technology, retirementand the health of our national economy.â€™ Thatwas not the case,â€ Priebus wrote.
NBC said in a statement: â€œThis is adisappointing development. However, along with our debate broadcastpartners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve thismatter with the Republican Party.â€