The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Thursday that it is officially withdrawing from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
Ronna McDaniel, the RNC’s chairwoman, called out the debate commission as “biased” and charged that the organization has “refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms.”
“Today the RNC voted to withdraw from the biased CPD, and we are going to find newer, better debate platforms to ensure that future nominees are not forced to go through the biased CPD in order to make their case to the American people,” read a press release from McDaniel.
This should come as no surprise given that, for months, the RNC has signaled its willingness to break from the commission. In 2021. McDaniel wrote a letter that primarily outlined issues with certain practices, which had even irked then-President Donald Trump.
In a follow-up letter, McDaniel indicated that she would “prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates” if the CPD refused to give heed to Republican concerns.
However, this does not necessarily mean that Republican presidential nominees will be pulled from debates in the future.
“To be clear, we are not walking away from debates. We are walking away from the CPD,” McDaniel noted.
“Debates are an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage.”
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