RNC Chair Rubs Salt In CNBC’s Wounds After Fox Business Debate

AP

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus continued his public shaming of CNBC after Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate.

Priebus was pleased with the way Fox Business News moderated the debate, according to this tweet:

The RNC chair later praised the Fox Business moderators for treating the candidates “with fairness and respect.”

“Debates need to focus on the issues, and that goal was accomplished tonight,” Priebus said in a statement. “Our candidates, not the moderators, were at the center of tonight’s debate, and they were all treated with fairness and respect. Thanks to a well-run debate, the country was able to see our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates exchange ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work.”

CNBC hosted a Republican debate last month that was widely panned by the media and harshly criticized by the candidates themselves. Priebus tweeted at the time that the peacock property “should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”

This post has been updated.

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