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Ad for Fox Business GOP Debate Blasts CNBC’s Debate Questions

After the moderators of CNBC’s October 28 Republican presidential debate drew significant criticism for questions embedded with personal attacks pitting candidates against one another rather than focusing on identifying positions on the issues, Fox Business launched a new ad on Thursday for its upcoming November 10 GOP presidential debate which attacks CNBC’s debate.

According to CNN, Fox Business’ latest ad for its upcoming debate says, “CNBC never asked the real questions, never covered the real issues. That’s why on November 10 the real debate about our economy and our future is only on Fox Business Network.”

[RELATED: How Would You Rate the CNBC Debate Moderators’ Performance?]

Fox Business notes that its televised November 10 GOP presidential debate will broadcast live from the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Moderated by FBN’s Managing Editor of Business News Neil Cavuto and Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo, along with WSJ’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker, the primetime debate will start at 9PM/ET and include the top candidates earning 2.5 percent or higher, as determined by the four most recent national polls. The remaining candidates [who earn at least 1 percent in those polls] will be invited to participate in the 6PM/ET debate, which will be moderated by FBN’s Sandra Smith, Trish Regan and WSJ’s Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib. Both debates will focus on jobs, taxes, and the general health of the economy, as well as domestic and international policy issues.”

CNN says that Fox Business plans to offer candidates 90 seconds to respond to questions and 60 seconds for rebuttals when a candidate’s name is mentioned, rather than the traditional 60 second responses and 30 second rebuttals from previous debates.

In an interview on Fox News, embedded below, Fox Business debate moderator Maria Bartiromo discussed her philosophy on the purpose of the debates. “I think the point of these debates in general is to ensure that the voter out there has an opportunity to distinguish the differences of all of the candidates — the differences in their economic policy, their foreign policy, and also the differences in their leadership style and their governance,” she said.

“It’s not about me. It’s not about the moderators,” she added. “And so I go into this and I approach this next debate by saying it really is about the American voter. It’s about the voter and what he or she wants to know from the candidates and trying to help the voter distinguish what’s different between all of these candidates and, really, what is it from any of them, what is that little secret sauce that might come out to say to the voter, ‘Aha! That’s my guy, that’s my gal, that’s what I’m looking for, and that’s what’s important to me.'”

[RELATED: GOP Candidates Condemn Mainstream Media, CNBC Moderators During Debate]

Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto also implied that his network’s debate would be better than CNBC’s contest in a tweet, embedded below.

John Stossel will host a post-debate episode of Stossel at 12 a.m. EST which will feature a studio audience and offer what the network is characterizing as a “libertarian” reaction to the debate.

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GOP Candidates Condemn Mainstream Media, CNBC Moderators During Debate

During the third GOP presidential debate hosted by CNBC on Wednesday, candidates criticized both the moderators and the mainstream media as a whole.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) criticized the mainstream media when CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla noted an article from the Sun Sentinel that said “Rubio should resign, not rip us off.”

“When they say Floridians sent you to Washington to do a job, when they say you act like you hate your job- do you?” Quintanilla questioned.

“Let me say, I read that editorial today with a great amusement,” Rubio replied. “It’s actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today.”

“Well, do you hate your job?” Quintanilla asked.

“Let me answer your question on the Sun Sentinel editorial today,” Rubio replied. “Back in 2004, one of my predecessors to the Senate by the name of Bob Graham, a Democrat, ran for president missing over 30 percent of his votes. I don’t recall them calling for his resignation.”

[RELATED: Reality Check: Should Marco Rubio Be Fired For Terrible Voting Record?]

Rubio also said while that in 2004, “John Kerry ran for president missing close to 60 to 70 percent of his votes,” the Sun Sentinel didn’t call for his resignation, and instead it endorsed him. “In 2008, Barack Obama missed 60 or 70 percent of his votes, and the same newspaper endorsed him again,” Rubio said. “So this is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative movement.

Later on in the debate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) said that “the questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”

Cruz’s declaration was met with applause from the crowd in Boulder, Colorado, and he continued.

[pull_quote_center]This is not a cage match. You look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?[/pull_quote_center]

Quintanilla tried to interject, saying, “Do we get credit?” and Cruz continued to speak.

“Carl, I’m not finished yet,” Cruz said. “The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, “Which of you is more handsome and why?”

[RELATED: How Would You Rate the CNBC Debate Moderators’ Performance?]

Cruz noted that “the questions that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other, it should be what are your substantive positions.”

When speaking to Donald Trump, CNBC’s Becky Quick said, “You have been very critical of Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook who has wanted to increase the number of these H1Bs,” or non-immigrant visas in the U.S.

“I was not at all critical of him. I was not at all,” Trump replied. “In fact, frankly, he’s complaining about the fact that we’re losing some of the most talented people. They go to Harvard. They go to Yale. They go to Princeton. They come from another country and they’re immediately sent out. I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley.”

“So I have nothing at all critical of him,” Trump concluded.

“Where did I read this and come up with this that you were…” Quick said.

“Probably, I don’t know—you people write the stuff,” Trump replied. “I don’t know where you…”

Trump was cut off by a mixture of laughter and applause from the audience.

“Very good people are making very bad decisions right now,” Trump stated. “And if anything comes out of this whole thing with some of these nasty and ridiculous questions, I will tell you, you better get rid of the SuperPacs because they causing a big problem with this country, not only in dishonesty and what’s going on, but also in a lot of bad decisions that have been made for the benefit of lobbyists and special interests.”

Quick returned to Trump’s stance on Zuckerberg and H1Bs. “You had talked a little bit about Marco Rubio,” she said. “I think you called him Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator because he was in favor of the H1B.”

“I never said that. I never said that,” Trump replied.

When failing to find a citation to back up the comment, Quick said, “My apologies. I’m sorry.”

“Since I’ve been mentioned, can I respond?” Rubio interjected.

“Yes, you can,” Quick said.

Rubio replied, noting that despite rival Hillary Clinton’s revelations during last week’s hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, the mainstream media was “going around saying it was the greatest week” in Clinton’s campaign.

[pull_quote_center]I know the Democrats have the ultimate SuperPac. It’s called the mainstream media…and I’ll tell you why. Last week, Hillary Clinton went before a committee. She admitted she had sent e-mails to her family saying, ‘Hey, this attack at Benghazi was caused by Al Qaida-like elements.’ She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that it was because of a video. And yet the mainstream media is going around saying it was the greatest week in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.[/pull_quote_center]

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Rand Paul slams biased reporter on vaccines, running for President and more (FULL VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2015– Liberal reporters desperate to paint United State Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) in a negative light have been having a field day with a recent interview Paul granted CNBC. Reports of the interview have widely and purposefully misconstrued Paul’s statements on vaccines and other topics discussed. While most articles are simply posting sound-bites, the entire interview paints a completely different story.

CNN, for example, took to Facebook and insinuated that Hillary Clinton had bested Paul when it came to “science”. How did Hillary Clinton beat Rand Paul? With 140 whole characters. Impressive. Never-mind that Paul is the actual medical doctor and never once said that children shouldn’t be vaccinated. Paul’s crime? Stating that parents owned their children, not the state, and therefore; should have a say over what is put into their bodies.

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