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January 01, 2008

Ron Paul Out Of Fox's NH Debate After All

Despite some on again, off again uncertainty over the last few days, Fox News Channel has confirmed that they will not be inviting Ron Paul to take part in their New Hampshire Debate on Sunday.

Fox, meanwhile, has invited five GOP candidates to a forum with Chris Wallace scheduled for its mobile studio in New Hampshire on Sunday. Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson received invites, leaving Paul and Duncan Hunter on the sidelines.

The network said it had limited space in its studio — a souped-up bus — and that it invited candidates who had received double-digit support in recent polls.

However, Paul is invited to the network's South Carolina debate on January 10th.

I think Paul should have been booted months ago but doing it now, for one debate, seems odd. Is FNC really putting their desire to use a 'souped-up' bus above including candidates? Letting production values trump an airing of ‘ideas’ seems to play into the worst stereotypes of TV news.

Meanwhile, Paul has shown some support in NH (more than Fred anyway) and the event is co-sponsored by the state GOP, which wants him there. Fox should either include him in both or boot him entirely.


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