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Commission on Presidential Debates “Divorce is not final”;  Has a “total monopoly”

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), addressed Friday the decision to bar GOP candidates from participating in the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

McDaniel told “Hugh Hewitt Show” host Hugh Hewitt that the “divorce isn’t final yet” and likely won’t be “until August or the spring at the earliest.”

“The divorce is not final,” McDaniel explained. “We have steps to take. We need to get RNC members to adopt a rule change. So it won’t officially happen until August or spring at the earliest. We just, we have things to do, but the debates committee that the RNC had voted unanimously that we wanted to step down from the Commission on Presidential Debates.

McDaniel then railed against the CPD, saying he had “no interest in working with the Republican Party” and had “a complete monopoly”.

“I think for us it was that the commission had no interest in working with the Republican Party, which represents 74 million voters,” she explained. “And what they’ve done is they’ve put a system in place where we’ll only work with the candidate. But when the candidate is in place, that is to say after the 2024 convention, the debates are all ready. So they have total control and total monopoly.

“And there were three things that were really glaring in 2020,” McDaniel continued. “They chose a moderator who worked for Joe Biden. They started the debates after one million votes had been cast. We asked them to start the debates before the start of the advance votes. And I think the third is that they had members of their commission who vocally disparaged the Republican nominee and allowed to stay in their role. And so, this has been a cushy job for decades. They have a total monopoly. And we said can you just guarantee that you won’t choose a moderator who worked for the Democratic nominee? They won’t even say yes to that.

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