GOP Chief Slams CNBC Debate Moderators: They "Should Be Ashamed"
"The performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network," said Reince Priebus about Wednesday's event.
The Republican National Committee chairman isn't pleased with Wednesday's GOP debate.
Reince Priebus slammed the job done by CNBC's hosts, saying that the cable channel "should be ashamed of how this debate was handled." The event featured presidential candidates, including frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, sparring over key financial issues.
"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates and voters," Priebus said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.
"Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work, despite deeply unfortunate questioning from CNBC," he continued. "One of the great things about our party is that we are able to have a dynamic exchange about which solutions will secure a prosperous future, and I will fight to ensure future debates allow for a more robust exchange."
Priebus, who tweeted a similar message in a series of tweets, was not alone in critiquing the network's moderator team of John Harwood, Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick. During the debate, Trump chided the CNBC correspondents for "nasty and ridiculous questions." He also criticized the network for charging $250,000 for 30-second ads that ran during the broadcast.
An NBC spokesperson responded to the criticism with the following statement: "People who want to be president of the United States should be able to answer tough questions."
Priebus' tweets are below.
CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled. #GOPDebate— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 29, 2015
I will fight to ensure future debates allow for a more robust exchange. #GOPDebate— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 29, 2015
In spite of the moderators, I'm proud of our team for standing up against the improper and unprofessional display put on by CNBC.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 29, 2015