NH GOP - Four NH Newspapers Editorialize For Inclusive Debates

Union Leader (front page editorial): “But it is a perversion of the New Hampshire primary process to have serious, if longshot, contenders excluded from this possibly significant TV exposure. All New Hampshire citizens should be insulted and affronted by it…It is the New Hampshire tradition that allows the lesser-known and less well-funded candidates, the underdogs, to make their case and have half a chance at success. For ABC and Fox to so arbitrarily reduce that chance, all to make for a better "show," is outrageous. If they want to exclude credible underdogs,they can go do that in another state, not here.” (Joseph McQuaid , “NH, not TV, should decide,” The Union-Leader,, January 3, 2008)

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Nashua Telegraph: “Here we are just days away from the first-in-the-nation primary – with the eyes of the entire world upon us – and two major networks have taken it upon themselves to decide who is and who is not a legitimate candidate worthy of our consideration?... The ill-conceived plans by the two networks to limit the pool of candidates is inappropriate on many counts, not the least of which is thrusting the media into what should always be the uncomfortable position of "making" news rather than "covering" news.” (Editorial,“Invite All Candidates To Weekend Debates,” Nashua Telegraph,, January 3, 2008)

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Concord Monitor: “ The networks are playing to a national audience, but it's New Hampshire voters who matter this week. The debates should give residents here one last chance to hear from the candidates they're most likely to be considering. If all three candidates are still in the race by Saturday, they too deserve to be heard.” (Editorial, “Arbitrary Debate Rules,” Concord Monitor, January 3, 2008)

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Fosters Daily Democrat: “Yes, the days of  "smoke-filled rooms" are gone. Candidates for president are no longer chosen by party bosses. They are chosen by the people in caucuses and primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. When media outlets begin serving as pre-primary filters, they are inserting themselves between the people and the way in which candidates are chosen. They are establishing a role to which they are not entitled — one that weakens the process.” (Editorial, “Fox Must Not Act as a Censor,” Fosters Daily Democrat, January 2, 2008)

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