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Republicans Suspend Relationship with NBC After CNBC Debate

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Sadie Gennis

The Republican National Committee has suspended its relationship with NBC over its displeasure with Wednesday's GOP debate on CNBC, TheWrap reports.

"The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News' Andy Lack. "We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC's journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance."

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Priebus said CNBC's moderators demonstrated "gotcha" journalism that was "petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates." Priebus added: "What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates' policies and ideas.

"While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it," Priebus concluded.

"This is a disappointing development," NBC News said statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party."

CNBC defended their moderators, issuing the following statement: "People who want to be president of the United States should be able to answer tough questions."