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Then-candidate Biden takes the stage to begin the first presidential debate on Tuesday in September 2020. Republicans are threatening not to participate.

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Republicans threaten not to participate in traditional parliamentary election debates: NPR

Then-candidate Biden takes the stage to begin the first presidential debate on Tuesday in September 2020. Republicans are threatening not to participate.

Julio Cortez / AP

Perhaps this is the end of the debates, as we have known them.

The Republican National Committee has informed the Presidential Debates Commission, which has hosted presidential and vice-presidential debates for the general elections for more than three decades, that it will change its rules to prohibit party candidates from participating in CPD debates. in the future.

The letter highlighted numerous objections – and suggestions – and accuses the CPD of blocking RNC-requested changes to the process, accusing the commission of bias.

“The RNC shared our concerns with the CPD in good faith, carefully documenting why the party and its constituents have lost confidence in your organization, and we have proposed common sense reforms that would restore confidence in the debate process,” he said. writes RNC President Ronna McDaniel. President. “Unfortunately, neither the tone nor the substance of your last answer inspires confidence that the CPD will address in any meaningful way the serious issues that the RNC has raised.”

The CPD provided the following statement in response:

“The CPD deals directly with presidential and vice-president candidates who qualify to participate in the debates on the CPD general elections. CPD’s plans for 2024 will be based on fairness, neutrality and commitment. firm in helping the American public educate themselves on the candidates and the issues. “

Some of the RNC’s complaints that he listed in his letter include the holding of the first debate after the early voting begins, accusing the committee of “making unilateral changes to previously agreed upon formats and conditions for debate, in some cases without even notify candidates; select a moderator who had previously worked for the Democratic candidate, a flagrant conflict of interest; and who failed to maintain the organization’s strict impartiality, with a majority of board members d administration publicly denigrating the Republican candidate. “

The chairman of the committee, Frank Fahrenkopf, was chairman of the Republican Party in the 1980s.


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