Disappointment over CNBC’s handling of the Oct. 28 debate led RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to suspend cooperation and planning for future debates with NBC News. The RNC was originally partnered with NBC to hold a debate at the University of Houston in February, right before ‘Super Tuesday.’
Red Alert Politics reached out to the UH community, which has now been left in limbo as to whether or not it will be able to host a presidential debate after all.
“CNBC’s debate made a mockery of our electoral process,” said Matt Wiltshire, a University of Houston student and member of the UH College Republicans.
The debate was an, “excellent example to the American people of the lengths the media will go to in order to bias the country in favor of their preferred candidate,” the student continued.
The University of Houston College Republicans released a statement supporting the actions of Reince Priebus and the RNC.
“While we were excited for the GOP debate that was to be held on our campus, we applaud the RNC’s decision to take a stand against media bias,” according to a spokesperson for the group. “We hope that the RNC will keep the University of Houston in mind as they move forward.”
The University of Houston administration said they are monitoring the situation and are still planning to host a debate.
“We’re actively monitoring the situation between the RNC and NBC News/Telemundo regarding the Feb. 26 Republican presidential candidates’ debate,” said a statement from university spokesperson P’nina Topham.
While negotiations between the RNC and NBC News are at a virtual standstill, UH is confident that the issues of both parties will be resolved to move forward with planning for the debate.
“The University of Houston is proud to be selected to host this important national conversation, and looks forward to the spotlight the debate will bring to our community and the important issues at hand,” the statement continued.
The RNC and NBC News both declined requests to comment for this story.
The candidates themselves are upset with both the network and the RNC, with most advocating that the campaigns should have a greater say in decisions regarding debate organization.
The next Republican debate is set to take place on Fox Business Network, on Nov. 10, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.