Dem: CNBC’s ‘circus’ debate was like ‘The Gong Show’
© Greg Nash
 
The Democratic governor of Virginia is lambasting the moderators of CNBC’s Republican presidential debate for asking ridiculous questions.
 
Gov. Terry McAullife said the Wednesday debate was like a “circus” and compared the spectacle to the 1970s game show “The Gong Show.”
 
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“This is about democracy — we have the greatest democracy in the world,” McAullife told host Bill Rehkopf on 99.1 WNEW on Friday. “That was like ‘The Gong Show’ the other night.”
 
He added that the debate was “an embarrassment to our country.”
 
“I thought it was an absolute farce. I thought it was a joke,” McAullife said. “I thought it was an embarrassment to our country to have those folks up there with the questions they were doing.”
 
Republicans were furious about the way CNBC handled the debate, prompting the Republican National Committee (RNC) to pull out of a February debate with parent network NBC.
 
"While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of 'gotcha' questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
 
CNBC began its debate by asking front-runner Donald Trump whether he was running “a comic book version of a presidential campaign.”