RNC Suspends Partnership With NBC for February GOP Debate

The debate itself is still on.

So unhappy is the Republican Party with how CNBC handled Wednesday’s GOP primary debate that the Republican National Committee is suspending plans to partner with NBC for a scheduled Feb. 26 debate.

In a letter addressed to NBC News chair Andrew Lack and posted online, RNC chair Reince Priebus explained he was suspending the RNC’s partnership with NBC News because of the “petty and mean-spirited in tone” of Wednesday’s debate, claiming that the debate was “designed to embarrass our candidates.”

“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach,” he wrote. “However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

The scheduled debate was set to be hosted by NBC News, Telemundo and the National Review. Based on Priebus’ letter, it appears the RNC doesn’t plan to cancel the debate and will keep the National Review in.

NBC issued a statement in response, writing, “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.”