Politics /

RNC Moving to Prohibit Candidates Participating in Presidential Debates Over Alleged Bias


The Republican National Committee is working to prohibit presidential candidates from participating in debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Republican Party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel detailed an alleged bias towards Democrats in a letter released on Thursday.

The letter explained conversations party leadership has had with CPC co-chairmen Kenneth Wollack and Frank Fahrenkopf beginning last March — which clearly fell short of satisfying McDaniel.

Fahrenkopf was the GOP chairman from 1983 to 1989.

“The RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential nominees have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field. So long as the CPD appears intent on stonewalling the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor, the RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere,” McDaniel wrote in the letter that she posted to Twitter.

McDaniel added, “Accordingly, the RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates.”

One example of the perceived unfairness that McDaniel cited was the fact that the 2020 debates started after early voting had already began in many states.

The GOP proposed changes which include adopting term limits for the CPD’s board of directors, holding the first debate before the start of early voting, installing a “code of conduct” to prevent moderators from being partisan and a transparent process for selection of the moderators.

“These proposals are common sense solutions for an organization whose unique, nonpartisan role in American elections requires it to stand above the political fray,” McDaniel wrote. “Unfortunately, the CPD’s responses so far seem designed to delay any reform until it is too late to matter for the 2024 election.”

Former President Donald Trump previously threatened to skip three of the CPD’s debates over moderators being “very biased.”

Candidates from the GOP have participated in the CPD debates in every election for over 30 years.

“The CPD deals directly with candidates for President and Vice President who qualify for participation in the CPD’s general election debates,” the commission said in a statement obtained by CBS News. “The CPD’s plans for 2024 will be based on fairness, neutrality and a firm commitment to help the American public learn about the candidates and the issues.”

*For corrections please email [email protected]*

4 responses to “RNC Moving to Prohibit Candidates Participating in Presidential Debates Over Alleged Bias”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    @JeffersonsRepublic:
    Goodness, if Tim were to moderate a debate, I’d be all about it. I just don’t think that a widespread ban on all debates is how the republican party is going to get there.

  2. JeffersonsRepublic says:

    If it leads to independent longer platform debates would it be a bad end result? Debates hosted by Joe, Tim, and say a Kyle K. Three people who are probably all left of center would still provide a far lessed bias debate platform than what we currently have.

  3. HerrDoktor says:

    I get the protestation of bias, but this is the kind of move a democrat would make. They’re the ones who want less dialogue.
    When Trump was in debates, it was a great source of memes that displayed the fitness of Trump and the poor condition of Biden.
    Establishment republicans would also do this. But you’d be hard-pressed to show me the difference between democrats and establishment republicans.

  4. JazzRocknRoll says:

    Presidential debates are a platform for nauseating preachy MSM propagandists. The questioners of these debates become the focal point rather than the candidates themselves. A crackhead from the streets of San Francisco could do better than these petty journalists.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.