CNBC anchor John Harwood took a shot at Republicans who accused him of asking unfair questions at the GOP’s third presidential debate on Wednesday night.
Harwood said in a tweet on Thursday that co-moderating the unruly debate gave him an appreciation for Republican leadership in the House trying to maintain party unity in a divided caucus.
"Moderating GOP debate in 2015 enriched my understanding of challenges @SpeakerBoehner has faced and @RepPaulRyan will face," he said in the tweet.
Republican candidates bashed the moderators on several occasions during the debate.
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE (R-Texas) won applause for accusing the moderators of pitting the candidates against each other by asking loaded questions.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (R-Fla.) also sparred with the moderators, saying they misrepresented his tax plan and asked questions repeating “discredited” attacks from his political opponents.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said the network “should be ashamed” of the debate, and added in a statement that he was “extremely disappointed” in the moderators.
Harwood at one point asked Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE if he were running a “comic book version” of a presidential campaign.