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GOP decision means no presidential debate for Miami-based Telemundo


The Republican National Committee parted ways Friday with NBC on future presidential debates, accusing the network of behaving in "bad faith" this week when CNBC hosted GOP primary candidates.

In practical terms, that means the party called off its only sanctioned debate in Spanish.

NBC and Miami-based Telemundo had been scheduled to host a Feb. 26 debate in Houston. 

"This is a disappointing development," NBC said in a statement. "However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party."

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus had said after Wednesday night's debate he was "ashamed" CNBC didn't focus more on the economy and other policy issues.

"The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith" Priebus wrote to NBC on Friday. "We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC's journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance."

--with David Lightman