GOP tells NBC next debate suspended over ‘gotcha’ questions

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The head of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus appears on CNN's Crossfire Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to NBC News Friday, saying they are “suspending the partnership” with the network for a February debate.

The letter came in the wake of intense criticism of how the CBNC debate was handled earlier this week.

Priebus wrote that the partnership was suspended “pending further discussion between the RNC and our presidential campaigns.”

He made the letter public on social media.

NBC is scheduled to hold a GOP debate February 26 in Houston.

CNBC and NBC News are divisions of NBCUniversal, a media company owned by Comcast. They operate out of two different buildings and have different management teams, but they do collaborate on news gathering and reporting.

When it came to production of the debate, CNBC was on its own. In NBC’s halls on Thursday, there was chatter about whether the debate would’ve benefited if NBC’s political reporters and managers had been involved.

NBC News released this statement saying, “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.”

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