CNN Responds To RNC Debate Ban Vote

08/16/2013 11:38 am ET | Updated Oct 16, 2013

CNN responded to the Republican National Committee's decision on Friday to block it from the 2016 debate cycle due to its film division's upcoming documentary about Hillary Clinton.

The non-binding resolution was passed unanimously at an RNC meeting in Boston. Along with CNN, NBC has also been barred for a similar project.

The documentary has already caused some internal trouble, with CNN hosts like Candy Crowley and pundits like Newt Gingrich making skeptical noises. (NBC hosts were even more negative, with Chuck Todd memorably calling his network's film a "total nightmare" for the news division.)

In the statement, CNN professed disappointment that the RNC did not wait to see the final product:

CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. The CNN broadcast date has not been determined. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. The project is in the very early stages of development, months from completion with most of the reporting and the interviewing still to be done. Therefore speculation about the final program is just that. We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made about it. Unfortunately, the RNC was not willing to do that.

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