CNBC, MSNBC, WSJ Debate: Bait and Switch

By October 9, 2007Media Relations

Before the first hour is even over, the economics issues have fallen by the wayside in the Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Mich. What’s all this discussion of Iraq and executive authority to initiate military conflict? We’ve heard about those issues at every single debate. Why couldn’t they spend two full hours on trade, taxes and education?

Here’s the news release promoting the debate:

“This debate will focus on issues that are at the heart of every Presidential election, namely the economy, taxes, fiscal discipline and government regulation,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC President. “This will mark the first time in the 2008 presidential campaign that all declared Republican candidates will be asked to provide voters with specific plans for the American economy and American workers in an increasingly global marketplace.”

“The economy is a core area of our broad campaign coverage, so we’re happy to play a part in focusing the campaign debate there,” said Alan Murray, executive editor for online edition of The Wall Street Journal and former Washington bureau chief who also is in charge the Journal’s partnership with CNBC. “Our sponsorship of a similar debate for Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 was instrumental in framing the debate, and we’re happy to be able to play that role again.”

What a gyp. It must be Chris Matthews’ fault.

P.S. More Matthews: How do we police the Internet culturally?

UPDATE Jim Geraghty does a nice job of blogging the highlights.

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • John C in Albany says:

    I understand Ron Paul is not considered a “top tier” canidate but last nights debate was an insult to the American people! It is very clear that NBC did it’s best to censor RP. We need to demand less of Guliani and Thompson’s show boating. I was embarassed! RP raised $5million in the last quarter, a good portion of that coming from an average $40 donation by hard working Americans that don’t have extra $ to spend. Do the math!

  • RON PAUL 2008 says:






  • Evan D says:

    Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between” Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protestors, banning books like “America Deceived’ from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
    Support Dr. Ron Paul and save this country.
    Last link (before Google Books bends to gov’t Will and drops the title):

  • pcosmar says:

    in the little time he was given Ron Paul tried to speak to the economic question. It was monetary questions that got him started in politics 1n the 70s. His message of fiscal responsibility needs to be heard more.
    It was painful to listen to the same old pandering from the “Front Runners”.

  • Underground says:

    Well they gave Fred Thompson five minutes to re-tread Social Security arguments, and I think I heard Tancredo say ‘terrorists’ instead of ‘tariffs.’ Maybe this is why they spent so long on the war…

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