Kasich Not Upset About CNBC Debate: Questions Weren’t ‘Below The Belt’

October 31, 2015 12:25 p.m.

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.”

Following the Wednesday night CNBC Republican presidential debate, numerous candidates expressed outraged over the questions posed and the tone used by the moderators. A few candidates, led by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, plan on meeting to discuss changes to the debate formats going forward.

And the Republican National Committee, which sponsored the debate with CNBC, was quick to criticize the network and push for changes to future debates.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday suspended the committee’s partnership with NBC News for a debate in February, citing concerns about the CNBC debate.

“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,” Priebus wrote in a scathing letter to NBC. “We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

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