Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday morning chided his fellow Republican presidential candidates who are complaining about the CNBC debate and pushing for format changes going forward.

"The moderators didn’t control the debate. They did an awful job. Their bias was showing, and it was despicable," he said on "Fox and Friends." "Now, that being said, if you’re running for President of the United States and you can’t handle yourself against three CNBC moderators without, you know, crying foul and calling for intervention, then you’re not gonna do very well against Vladimir Putin either. So I’m not going to complain about it."

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Paul Singer, a billionaire and influential Republican donor, decided to throw his support behind Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Friday in a blow to other establishment Republican candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the New York Times reported.

Singer sent a letter to other GOP donors announcing his decision, describing Rubio as a "responsible policymaker" with "youth and vigor."

"Senator Rubio does not shy away from tough competition, which will matter
given the brutal campaigns that will be waged against the Republican nominee by Secretary Clinton," he wrote. "In a field full of promise, but also of risk for the party, Senator Rubio is the strongest choice."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Saturday dismissed his fellow Republican presidential candidates' complaints about the CNBC debate and said that he will continue to participate in the debates no matter what.

"In the third debate, they asked me a lot of questions and I didn't feel anything was below the belt," he told CNN. "I don't want to spend my time talking about the process of the debate. However they set it, I'll show up and do the best I can to let people know who I am. So it's just not something I'm focused on."

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John Oliver, comedian and host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" on Friday said that he's not at all interested in having Donald Trump on his show.

"I don’t really care about him in any capacity," he said on CBS' "This Morning." "I don’t really have anything to say to him."

Oliver explained that an interview with Trump would not yield anything new about the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday evening explained why he sent a letter to NBC News informing the network that the committee would suspend its partnership with NBC for a debate in February amidst complaints about the CNBC debate.

"We were betrayed, and I think the candidates were betrayed by CNBC," Priebus told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "And we need to look out for the candidates in these future debates."

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Friday applauded Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus' decision to suspend the committee's partnership with NBC News for a February Republican debate.

"The campaign supports the RNC’s decision to suspend the debate on February 26th due to the total lack of substance and respect exhibited during Wednesday’s night’s debate. We look forward to pursuing alternatives along with the RNC to ensure candidates are given ample opportunity to outline their vision for the future of our country," a statement from Trump's campaign reads.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News in a Friday letter that the committee will no longer partner with the network for the February Republican presidential debate.

Citing concerns over the Wednesday night CNBC debate, Priebus wrote that the RNC can not continue to work with NBC for the debate on Feb. 26 until the committee consults with the Republican campaigns. NBC was set to co-host the debate with Telemundo, the Spanish-language media division of NBCUniversal.

“The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” he wrote.

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Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor at the National Review, suggested in a Friday column that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is "more authentically African-American" than President Obama.

The conservative author lamented that the media never mentions that Carson is black before launching into his argument that Carson is "more" black than the president. Read Goldberg's comparison between Carson and Obama"

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