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RNC to drop presidential debates over openly partisan commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Jan 13, 2022

The Republican National Committee announced Thursday that GOP candidates will no longer be required to participate in presidential debates hosted by the “partisan” Commission on Presidential Debates because of the commission’s refusal to “provide a fair and impartial forum.”

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said ‘the RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential candidates have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field’ and that as long as the CPD refuses To resolve the overtly partisan issues that have plagued the debates for years, Republicans are considering opting out.

The RNC has spent months urging the CPD to pass a list of reforms designed to address the issues that have rocked the 2020 presidential debates, but so far the commission has ignored calls for term limits from the council. administration, limited public commentary on candidates by CPD staff, and a process of penalization and disqualification for moderators who “have apparent conflicts of interest due to personal, professional, or partisan factors.”

“We are particularly frustrated with the CPD’s refusal to enact reforms to ensure impartiality claiming that this would somehow make the organization more partisan,” McDaniel noted.

The president previously issued a statement in June asking the commission to resolve its issues or lose GOP support.

“The Republican Party needs assurances that the CPD will make meaningful reforms to the debate process by working with stakeholders to restore the faith and legitimacy it has lost. Otherwise, as chairman of the RNC, I will have no choice but to advise future Republican candidates against participating in debates organized by the CPD,” she said in a statement at the time.

The CPD has a history of allowing left-leaning reporters to interrupt Republican candidates as moderators. He also seems determined to paint the GOP candidates in a bad light, as Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway noted in her book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.”

In 2020, the commission used COVID-19 as an excuse to delay the first presidential debate until mail-in voting began in some states. This legitimately frustrated then-President Donald Trump and his team, who also tried to reason with the CPD and even threatened to pull out of the live-streamed show unless changes were made.

“The commission flatly refused, saying the dates of the debates were well known and voters could simply wait to send in their ballots. At Trump’s request that the debate be moderated by someone from a roster of reporters less liberal than the type usually invited to moderate debates, the commission said it would exercise “great care, as always, to s ensure that selected moderators are qualified and fair”. ‘ In other words, the commission politely declined Trump’s request,” Hemingway wrote.

The CPD’s noncompliance left Americans’ questions and concerns about the 2020 nominees in the hands of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who asked slanting questions in favor of Biden, and Steve Scully, who tweeted de incompetently a private conversation he had with a notable anti-Trumper, then falsely claimed he was hacked.

These partisan performances by moderators have drawn the ire of the public and former politicians who have seen the commission’s decline in recent years.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposed to be bipartisan with an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I’m afraid none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased debate commission is unfair,” former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas tweeted.

“The commission represents precisely the values ​​and attitudes that were repudiated when President Trump was elected. Even the Republicans on the board of the supposedly nonpartisan commission are pre-Trump members of the old order,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote.


Jordan Boyd is an editor at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. His work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.