October 30, 2015

REPORT: RNC ASKED CNBC FOR QUESTIONS FOR JEB DURING DEBATE: We’ve all seen the reports today that the RNC has cancelled the next NBC-hosted debate. But this is a fascinating detail buried deep in the Politico’s take on the story:

In the middle of the CNBC-hosted GOP debate on Wednesday, RNC chief strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer and chief of staff Katie Walsh approached CNBC officials. According to a source familiar with the encounter, the two had a complaint: Jeb Bush wasn’t getting enough questions.

The same complaint had come from Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz, though Bush spokesperson Tim Miller said he was not aware of the encounter between the RNC officials and CNBC. The source familiar with the encounter said Spicer and Walsh did not bring up any other candidates.

So in other words, if they could have had Regis Philbin offering a lifeline to Jeb in the middle of the debate, they would have. GOPe takes care of its own, apparently.

Update: Politico now backing off on report?

More: Airbrush alert — the above quoted passage now reads:

In the middle of the CNBC-hosted GOP debate on Wednesday, RNC chief strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer and chief of staff Katie Walsh approached CNBC officials about the amount of speaking time candidates were getting.

Several campaigns had a concern about time allotments, we approached CNBC on multiple occasions to give us a read out of times as they promised and they refused,” Spicer said in a statement.

The same complaint had come from Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz, who confronted CNBC producers during the debate about Bush’s speaking time.

As Allahpundit asks, “The only outfit that can confirm what happened is CNBC. Did the RNC intervene on behalf of multiple candidates, Jeb included? Why did Politico seem to think it was just Jeb?”

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