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Unhappy with the debate committee’s refusal to adopt reforms, the Republican Party says its candidates will not participate unless their demands are met

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has signaled its intention to essentially boycott the group that runs the US presidential debates, saying GOP voters no longer trust the organization to treat candidates fairly.

“The RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential candidates have the opportunity to debate their opponents on an equal footing”, Party President Rona McDaniel said Thursday in a letter to the Presidential Debates Commission (PDC). “As long as the CPD appears determined to block the significant reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and non-partisan actor, the RNC will take all necessary steps to ensure that future Republican presidential candidates are seen. offer this opportunity elsewhere. “

McDaniel said the RNC would enact rule changes at its winter meeting next month to bar party candidates from participating in debates hosted by the CPD. The commission displayed bias against Republicans and undermined its credibility through actions such as unilaterally changing previously agreed-upon debate formats and selecting a moderator who had worked for a Democratic candidate, she said. .

He also balked at making the reforms proposed by the RNC, such as disqualifying potential moderators who have apparent conflicts of interest and prohibiting CPD agents and employees from making public comments for or against any candidate, McDaniel said. “These proposals are common sense solutions for an organization whose unique, non-partisan role in the US election requires it to stand above the political fray. Indeed, we think most neutral observers would be shocked to learn that these overdue reforms are not already CPD policy.

The RNC did not specify an alternative forum for its candidates, instead of working with the traditional American debate organizer. The CPD was formed in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of the Republican and Democratic parties. He has led all debates in the presidential and vice-presidential elections since 1988.

The commission ruffled feathers in 2020 by moving the second presidential debate online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting then-President Donald Trump to say he would not participate. Trump also accused moderators of bias against him and pointed out in 2016 that moderator Mike McCurry had worked as a press secretary in the Clinton administration.

The CPD responded to RNC complaints last month saying it “Do not negotiate the terms or conditions of transactions with anyone. “ On Thursday, the commission said its plans for the 2024 election would be based on “Fairness, neutrality and a strong commitment to helping the American public educate themselves about the candidates and the issues.”

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