SC GOP wants to ban CNN, NBC from hosting SC presidential debates

abeam@thestate.comAugust 5, 2013 

The chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party says he will not allow CNN or NBC to broadcast debates of GOP presidential candidates in the Palmetto State unless the networks refuse to air programs on Hilary Clinton, the possible Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

NBC plans to broadcast a miniseries starring Diane Lane as Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator from New York and secretary of state. CNN has announced plans for a feature-length documentary on Clinton’s career.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent letters Monday to NBC and CNN telling them he would ask the GOP’s national committee to ban any Republican candidates from participating in presidential debates hosted by NBC or CNN unless the two networks agree to not air the programs.

Matt Moore, South Carolina’s newly elected Republican Party chairman, said he agreed with Priebus.

“I say, ‘Not in South Carolina!’ to debates produced by networks that act more like Hillary Clinton’s campaign team than unbiased news sources,” Moore said in a news release. “Such political favoritism has no place in American journalism. It’s unacceptable, and those networks have no business hosting presidential debates in South Carolina unless they stop production.”

South Carolina’s presidential primary is important because it is the first primary held in the South. South Carolina hosted five debates leading up to the 2012 Republican presidential primary, including at least one hosted by CNN.

The news departments of CNN and NBC say they have no role in the Clinton film projects.

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