Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee Chair, says that unless significant reforms are made the RNC will recommend GOP nominees skip future presidential debates. In a letter to the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) McDaniel emphasizes specific issues brought up during the 2020 election cycle that should be reformed.
Fox News reports:
“The CPD’s repeated missteps and the partisan actions of its Board Members make clear that the organization no longer provides the fair and impartial forum for presidential debates which the law requires and the American people deserve,” McDaniel charged in her letter.
“Unless the CPD adopts significant reforms to ensure that it better fulfills this important, nonpartisan function, the RNC will have no choice but to advise its future nominees against participating in CPD-hosted debates,” the chair warned.
McDaniel added that it’s the RNC’s “sincere hope…that theCPD accepts this criticism and works to correct its mistakes.” But she added if not, “the RNC will look for other options for its candidates to debate the issues before the American people in a neutral and nonpartisan forum.”
And McDaniel, in a statement to Fox News, spotlighted some of the RNC’s grievances with the commission during the 2020 cycle. Among them were “the CPD failing in 2020 to host a single debate before the start of early voting, making unilateral changes without informing the candidates, and allowing Members of its Board of Directors to make biased and partisan statements against the Republican nominee.”
McDaniel asked that the commission responds to the RNC’s request by the end of July.