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RNC Switches Houston Debate From NBC To CNN

The Republican National Committee has decided to sever ties with NBC News for February’s Super Tuesday debate here in Houston.

The Republican National Committee is dropping NBC and will instead partner with CNN. The decision comes a couple of months after suspending its partnership with NBC News because of CNBC’s handling of the third GOP debate in October. Republicans complained about “gotcha” questions.

The RNC chairman says the broadcast will be on Thursday, February 25th, at a location in Houston to be decided.

The University of Houston had been slated to host the debate, with NBC and Telemundo visiting the campus in early October to scout possible locations. UH is not commenting at this time about whether the CNN debate will be hosted on campus. However, the GOP website says the location for the CNN debate will be the University of Houston.  

The debate will include Telemundo, the NBCUniversal-owned Hispanic media company that had been scheduled to co-host the debate; National Review, an NBC media partner; and Salem Communications, CNN’s media partner in previous debates.

The CNN debate takes place just days before voters in Texas and 13 other states head to the polls for “Super Tuesday” on March 1st.

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