GOP suspends partnership with NBC News for February debate

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The Republican Presidential Debate: Your Money, Your Vote -- Pictured: (l-r) John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul participate in CNBC's "Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate" live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th.

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee says it’s suspending its partnership with NBC News and its properties and won’t allow the network to co-host a presidential primary debate scheduled for February.

The letter from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News chief Andrew Lack comes after this week’s heavily criticized debate on CNBC.

Priebus says the CNBC debate did not focus on economic issues as promised, and that candidates were asked questions that “were inaccurate or downright offensive.”

The RNC tells NBC it will still hold a debate as scheduled on Feb. 26 with its other planned media partner, National Review.

Even before the decision to break with NBC, several of the GOP campaigns had planned to meet to discuss complaints about how the party’s debates are being run.