Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday tore into the moderators at the CNBC Republican presidential debate, arguing that GOP candidates will never be treated fairly on the debate stage.
“They want us to kill each other,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The moderators just didn’t do their job last night in a number of areas. Not only were the questions snarky and divisive and non-substantive, they were just biased. The questions were biased. But on top of that, they didn’t do their job in terms of controlling the debate either. And it became somewhat of a free-for-all that everybody had to jump in when they could jump in.”
“In the end, Republican voters know this. We’re not going to go on that stage and get a fair shake,” Christie continued.
Numerous candidates and commentators concluded that the Wednesday CNBC debate did not go well. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus quickly denounced the debate as an “improper and unprofessional display.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday morning told “Fox and Friends” that it was “frustrating” to be on the debate stage, complaining that the moderators didn’t ask substantive questions about economic policy.
“They lost control of the debate,” he added. “They let the candidates take it over.”
Watch Christie’s comments via MSNBC: