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Friday, October 16, 2015

Trump, Carson Threaten to Pull Out of Next GOP Debate Over Ground Rules

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson on Thursday threatened to pull out of the third GOP debate in Colorado later this month in a dispute with CNBC and the Republican National Committee over its rules.

Trump took to Twitter to vent his anger after a conference call between RNC officials and top advisers to the candidates erupted into chaos over the issues, Politico reports. The New York real estate magnate was particularly concerned about the contest's length and whether candidates would be allowed to make opening and closing statements.

The 29-minute call was scheduled by RNC officials after several GOP campaigns complained the previous day about the format that CNBC was planning for the debate, Politico reports.

The format would have not allowed candidates to give the statements.

The Carson camp fired off a letter to CNBC Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Cuddy on behalf of both campaigns.

"Mr. Trump and Dr. Carson do not, and will not, agree to appear at a debate that is more than 120 minutes long including commercials breaks. "Further, the debate must include opening and closing statements from all the candidates," the letter said.

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