On Friday, Donald Trump rejoiced with his supporters that CNBC agreed to his demands to limit the next Republican debate to only two hours.
Trump posted a Tweet reporting his glee over the decision to put a 2 hour cap on the debate.
.@CNBC has just agreed that the debate will be TWO HOURS. Fantastic news for all, especially the millions of people who will be watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2015
CNBC reported that GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson also asked that the debate be capped at 2 hours.
According to CNN, the debate host decided to also acquiesce to requests that the candidates be given time for opening and closing statements.
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Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer noted that the party is engaged with the cable outlet over debate plans saying, “We are having an ongoing conversation with CNBC and the candidates.”
While CNBC and news outlets like The Hill are reporting that several of the candidates have been expressing concern over the length of the upcoming debate, it is also being reported that Trump’s campaign led the pack over the matter.
“People realized we got the short end of the stick when the Democrats had a 2 minute opening and a 90 second closing [during their debate], so they had three and a half minutes to a 15 million person audience of an infomercial,” a Trump source told The Hill.
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CNBC acted only after both Trump and Dr. Carson threatened to pull out of the debate unless changes were made.
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