RNC: Will Advise Candidates to Stay Out of Debates If Reforms Aren't Made

The Republican National Committee will advise future GOP candidates to stay out of future debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates unless it makes “significant reforms” to its events, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warned in a letter. 

“The Republican Party needs assurances that the CPD will make meaningful reforms to the debate process by working with stakeholders to restore the faith and legitimacy it has lost,” McDaniel said Tuesday in the letter, reports Axios. “If not, as RNC Chairman, I will have no choice but to advise future Republican candidates against participating in CPD-hosted debates.”

McDaniel’s letter followed several complaints that were made last year by then-President Donald Trump on issues including the choices of debate monitors, the decision to mute candidates’ microphones after the first debate between him and then-Democrat nominee Joe Biden was filled with interruptions, and after the second debate was replaced by town halls after Trump refused to attend a second debate that was scheduled virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The CPD’s repeated missteps and the partisan actions of its Board Members make clear that the organization no longer provides the fair and impartial forum for presidential debates which the law requires and the American people deserve,”

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