Noah Bierman
October 30, 2015

Republicans took their revenge today against what they called a presidential debate full of “inaccurate or downright offensive” questions by suspending a future session planned with NBC News.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been under pressure from candidates and core supporters to take more control over the process, following CNBC’s debate Wednesday night.

His letter to NBC News on Friday conceded that the network has no direct journalistic control over CNBC, a financial network owned by the parent company, “but the network is an arm of your organization.”

Priebus stopped short of canceling the NBC/Telemundo debate, scheduled for Feb. 26 at the University of Houston, and may be seeking leverage in changing the debate rules or sending a signal to other debate hosts that the tone of questioning must change.

“We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” Priebus wrote.

NBC News appeared to seize on that opening in its response, which called the suspension a “disappointing development” but promised to work with Telemundo, which is owned by NBCUniversal, to “in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party.”

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