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RNC Cancels Partnership With NBC News For February Debate

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Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus sent a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack on Friday, informing him that the party was canceling its partnership with the network after candidates complained they were treated unfairly during this week's CNBC debate.

"We are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016," Priebus wrote in the letter. "The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns."

NBC News said that it would work to resolve the issue with the GOP.

“This is a disappointing development. However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party," the network said in a statement.

Priebus' letter came after Politico reported that the campaigns of several presidential candidates were going to meet in Washington to consider how to take some of the organizing power for debates out of the hands of the RNC. Several candidates had complained that Wednesday's CNBC debate contained unfair questions. Accusations of a liberal bias against CNBC were somewhat surprising, considering that the network may have helped launch the super-conservative tea party movement.

Priebus slammed the debate immediately after it concluded on Wednesday, calling it "extremely disappointing."

In his letter, Priebus said the network didn't keep its promises to monitor the candidates' speaking time and let them provide an opening statement. He also accused the debate moderators of asking unfair questions.

"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," he wrote. "What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas."

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