(NewsReady.com) – Last week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted for a new policy on presidential debates. It’s the latest move in a growing dispute between the party and the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has faced criticism for anti-Republican bias. Now, the GOP wants to level the playing field.
The GOP is not walking away from debates.
We are walking away from the Commission on Presidential Debates.
It is biased and does not serve the interest of the American people.https://t.co/hSdZaFbvlL
— GOP (@GOP) April 14, 2022
On April 14, the RNC voted to require future Republican presidential candidates to give a written declaration that they’ll only appear at primary and general election debates officially sanctioned by the party. Then, it voted unanimously to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The GOP has been strongly critical of the commission, regularly accusing it of bias. For example, one of the 2020 debates was moderated by someone who once worked for Joe Biden. A majority of the commission’s board members also publicly criticized the Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump. RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel repeatedly asked the commission to eliminate its bias, but it refused. Now, the RNC has given up on it.
In a statement released to mark the vote, the RNC assured Americans that it “is committed to free and fair debates.” McDaniel said the GOP would find “newer, better” platforms for future debates, so its candidates get a fair chance.
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