January 19, 2016

RNC dumps NBC News, teams with CNN for Super Tuesday debate

The Republican National Committee announced Monday that the Super Tuesday debate will be stripped from NBC News and given to CNN.

The RNC already had suspended ties with NBC News over bias in the handling of an earlier candidate forum by CNBC, but the status of the Feb. 25 debate in Houston had remained in limbo.

In a statement Monday afternoon, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the party “has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation [and] … has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it … in Houston at a location to be decided.”

The debate will come less than a week before voters in Texas and 13 other states vote in the biggest day on the Republican presidential primary calendar.

Despite the RNC’s refusal to deal with NBC, one of the debate partners will be Telemundo, an NBC-owned Spanish-language network.

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