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By Liz Alper
January 19, 2016 - The Republican Party is switching the network host of its next presidential debate from NBC to CNN.  
The GOP has announced that it is cutting the network in favor of CNN, KUSI reports.  At a Republican National Committee meeting today, Republican leaders announced that the party is severing its contract with CNBC.
CNBC was slated to host the debate in Houston on February 25th.  CNN will now host this debate. 
Some GOP members are displeased with the way CNBC handled the last GOP debate, citing "the tone of the debate" during the last debate hosted by the network in October.
In a letter to NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus wrote that the committee needed to stay away from a "repeat performance" of October's debate.  He also stated, "While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of 'gotcha' questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates."

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