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NBC's February Republican Debate 'Cancelled' by RNC Amid Backlash

More fallout from this week’s incendiary, CNBC-televised GOP debate: The Republican National Committee has suspended its involvement in a planned February debate hosted by NBC News and Telemundo. The move comes after the GOP presidential candidates complained about the harsh treatment they received at the hands of CNBC’s moderators.

“While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates,”RNC chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News boss Andrew Lack.

In a statement, NBC called the decision “a disappointing development,” adding that it will “will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party.”