ABC News
February 4, 2016

ABC News Hosts “New Hampshire: The Republicans Debate” in Partnership with WMUR, Independent Journal Review, RNC and Saint Anselm College

Primetime Coverage Starts Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., ET in Manchester, New Hampshire

 ABC News is partnering with ABC affiliate WMUR, Independent Journal Review, the Republican National Committee and Saint Anselm College to host “New Hampshire: The Republicans Debate” on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos kicks-off pre debate coverage at 8:00 p.m. ET with the powerhouse ABC News politics team in New Hampshire.

World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir and Co-Anchor of “This Week” and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate the debate. The debate will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network, locally on WMUR-TV and will be live streamed on and across ABC News’ mobile and OTT platforms. An on-demand replay of the debate will be made available across these platforms as well. WMUR anchor Josh McElveen, along with conservative journalist and blogger Mary Katharine Ham, will join Muir and Raddatz in questioning the candidates.


The following candidates have gained an invitation to the ABC News Republican Presidential debate on February 6, 2016 per the criteria announced by ABC News on January 27, 2016. 

The candidates will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. ET in the following order from left to right:

John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Chris Christie



Candidates can gain an invitation for the debate stage through one of the following ways:

1) Place among the top three candidates ranked according to the popular vote in the Iowa Republican caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016. (OR)

2) Place among the top six candidates in an average of New Hampshire Republican presidential polls recognized by ABC News. To be included, polls must be conducted no earlier than Jan. 1, 2016, and must be released to the public before 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 4, 2016. Poll averages will not be rounded. (OR)

3) Place among the top six candidates in an average of national Republican presidential polls recognized by ABC News. To be included, polls must be conducted no earlier than Jan. 1, 2016, and must be released to the public before 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 4, 2016. Poll averages will not be rounded.


Beginning at 11:00 p.m., ET on Saturday, February 6, 2016, non-ABC News outlets, including Internet media, may excerpt up to 3:00 minutes of material from the debate for their regularly scheduled news programs with appropriate credit (outlined below) to ABC News.

Beginning at 5:00 a.m., ET (Sunday, February 7, 2016), non-ABC News outlets, including Internet media, may make use of additional clips of the debate with appropriate credit (outlined below) to ABC News.  Clips cannot exceed 5:00 minutes in length. Media outlets may use clips of the debate through the end of the 2016 election cycle, but may not rebroadcast the debate in its entirety unless granted permission by ABC News.

Media outlets should record ABC News’ over-the-air signal.

Mandatory credit is required as follows:

  • Television: verbal credit and onscreen credit reading “ABC News” must appear during each excerpt and remain onscreen for the duration of all excerpts.
  • Radio: each excerpt must be introduced with an audio credit to ABC News.
  • Digital outlets are only permitted to embed ABC News video player.

Please note: footage from the debates may not be used for any commercial purpose, including fundraising, advertisements, promotions or marketing of any kind.

ABC News reserves all of its rights and remedies in the event of any violation of its rights.


IJReview Partnering with ABC News for New Hampshire GOP Primary Debate

Alexandria, VA – IJReview, a leading social-first news company, will partner with ABC News to host the New Hampshire Republican Primary debate. It will be IJReview’s first presidential debate and will be held at St. Anselm College on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The debate will air live in primetime on the ABC Television network and WMUR-TV, ABC’s Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire. This event is one of the debates officially sanctioned by the RNC.

2016 will mark the 100th year of the New Hampshire primary, and IJReview will utilize its signature brand of mobile-first original content to expand the viewership of the New Hampshire GOP primary debate to millions of Americans beyond the traditional ABC News television audience.

“New Hampshire voters are independent-minded, they love their country and just plain enjoy discussing politics, and that means New Hampshire is truly IJ country,” stated IJReview founder Alex Skatell. “We’re excited to be in the First In The Nation state for our first presidential debate, and to partner with ABC News.”

“Every day at IJReview we strive to creatively jump to the center of the ring where American politics is being played, debated and discussed. This partnership with ABC allows us 360-degree access to one of the biggest arenas in the game,” said IJReview Executive Editor Michelle Jaconi. “Before, during and after this debate, we plan to do what IJReview does best: engage more and more Americans in the political conversation – in a way that makes them want to share the news.”

IJReview is a social-first news company that serves millions of Americans daily with shareable, informative and mobile friendly content. Founded in 2012 by a twenty-five year-old who saw a future in social publishing, IJReview is now one of the most trafficked websites in the U.S., with more than 35 million monthly unique users.

Contact: Matt Manda

...a minor kerfuffle in Jan. 2016 as the Union Leader was dropped as a partner.

Donald Trump

January 10, 2016 tweets
Union Leader refuses to comment as to why they were kicked out of the ABC News debate like a dog. For starters, try getting a new publisher!

UL has lost all credibility under Joe McQuaid w circulation dropping to record lows. They aren't worthy of representing the great people NH.

This is really unfair and a conflict for all the other candidates. I said it should not be allowed and ABC agreed.

If their highly unethical behavior, including begging me for ads, isn’t questionable enough, they have endorsed a candidate who can’t win.

I am pleased to announce that I had the Union Leader removed from the upcoming debate.

New Hampshire Democratic Party

NHDP Response to GOP Debate

Following the announcement that the New Hampshire Union Leader was dropped as a partner from the New Hampshire GOP Debate, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took responsibility for the move. NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley made the following statement:

“This ridiculous attack on New Hampshire’s statewide newspaper threatens the traditions of our First-in-the-Nation primary and makes it clear that the New Hampshire Republican Party has now fully embraced Donald Trump as their frontrunner. Senator Kelly Ayotte should denounce her party’s actions to undermine our state’s primary status.”