Surprise, surprise!

January 6, 2008

Ron Paul isn’t the only Republican with integrity left in the Grand Old Party. In fact, there appears to be an entire state GOP that has some reminent of integrity.

The New Hampshire Republican Party has just announced that it is withdrawing its support and co-sponsorship of the Fox hosted New Hampshire Candidates Forum because of Fox’s continued refusal to include Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter in the debate.

Fox had claimed their decision was due to Paul and Hunter’s insignificance to voters, but Paul polled 10% in Iowa, won one Iowa county and took second in several. He also secured two nominating convention representatives from there. In Wyoming, Hunter secure a nominating convention representative. That is hardly insignificance.

Fox (owned by Australian Rupert Murdoch) is clearly trying to influence the American people’s choice and the New Hampshire GOP is correct to tell them to butt out.

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New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen released a statement Saturday making the separation official.

“The first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary serves a national purpose by giving all candidates an equal opportunity on a level playing field. Only in New Hampshire do lesser known, lesser funded underdogs have a fighting chance to establish themselves as national figures. Consistent with that tradition, we believe all recognized major candidates should have an equal opportunity to participate in pre-primary debates and forums,” wrote Cullen.

“This principle applies to tonight’s debates on ABC as well as Sunday’s planned forum on FOX. The New Hampshire Republican Party believes Congressmen Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter should be included in the FOX forum on Sunday evening. Our mutual efforts to resolve this difference have failed,” he continued.

“While we understand that FOX News continues to move forward it is with regret, the New Hampshire Republican Party hereby withdraws as a partner in this forum.”

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