The Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a statement on Thursday announcing that its members voted unanimously to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
The RNC has said it wants to have “freer and fairer” platforms for debate.
In a press release, the RNC noted that it had retired from the biased CPD to find “newer and better platforms for debate to ensure that future candidates are not forced to go through the biased CPD in order to to make their case to the American people.” The RNC also noted that it was stepping down in order to restore confidence in the election by ensuring that future candidates can compete on a level playing field.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said “debates are an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debates”.
McDaniel explained that the CPD has been biased and has repeatedly refused to enact reforms such as allowing fair debates before Americans vote and using moderators who have never worked for any of the candidates on the stage.
The committee said it was not against holding debates, but that it was “stepping away” from the CPD since the body does not serve the interests of the American people.
In a statement, the RNC referred to the 2020 presidential election where the first debate took place as 26 states had already begun their early voting process. The statement also noted that the CPD had made “unilateral changes” to “previously agreed-upon debate formats and conditions”, sometimes without notifying candidates of the changes.
The RNC noted that the CPD even selected a moderator in the last presidential debate cycle who previously worked for Joe Biden, the opponent of Republican nominee, then President Donald Trump.
The committee further denounced the CPD board for failing to uphold its “strict non-partisanship” policy because most board members had publicly criticized Trump while he was a candidate.
“The Republican Party deserves better. The American people deserve better,” the RNC press release said.
McDaniel prefaced the RNC’s announcement with an op-ed exclusive to Breitbart News in January, detailing the RNC’s past struggles with the CPD and promising that Republicans “will work to find new, modern, unbiased debate platforms.”
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.