- REUTERS/Evan Semon
The chairman of the national Republican Party said Thursday that he was left “seething” by the network that hosted the third GOP presidential primary debate the night before.
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, even called the debate a “crap sandwich” during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“I just can’t tell you how pissed off I am,” Priebus said. “It was a insanity. I mean just sitting there, seething through this thing … thinking about hitting the circuit breaker in the auditorium – it crossed my mind.”
Priebus and many of the Republican candidates complained bitterly about how the Wednesday night CNBC debate was conducted.
Even some of the candidates who performed well slammed the debate questions, using words like “biased” and “irritating” to describe what felt to them like part of an aggressive interview rather than an economic-policy discussion. The first question to real-estate mogul Donald Trump was about whether he was running a “comic book” presidential campaign, for example.
CNBC defended the questions amid the Republican criticism after the debate.
“People who want to be president of the United States should be able to answer tough questions,” CNBC spokesman Brian Steel told Business Insider.
But Priebus was clearly left unsatisfied.
“Obviously we had assurances that it was going to be straight-up finance, which is what they do every day,” he told Hannity on Thursday. “And what was delivered was just nothing but a crap sandwich. I guarantee you we’re going to make sure that CNBC isn’t hosting and moderating another debate with our candidates.”
Some of the Republican candidates are reportedly discussing the possibility of banding together to pressure future debates to adopt a more favorable format.