The RNC is pulling out of a rigged game. Excellent. For far too long they’ve played by Democrat media debate rules. That is over. Oddly, two MSNBC hosts agree.
FNC: MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle said that Republican National Committee calls for reform around presidential debates seemed ‘reasonable’ as the RNC signals it will disallow candidates from participating in future ones.
In a letter from the RNC to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) that Fox News obtained on Thursday, the committee said it will require its presidential candidates running in the 2024 election cycle to pledge not to participate in debates run by the CPD. RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s letter accused the debate committee of not heeding the GOP’s “good faith” calls for change ahead of 2024. According to McDaniel’s letter, the RNC is also pushing to ‘establish transparent criteria for selecting debate moderators that would disqualify individuals from consideration who have apparent conflicts of interest due to personal, professional, or partisan factors,’ and ‘enact a transparent code of conduct for moderators in conducting debates, including guidelines for appropriate interactions with the participating nominees.’ ”
Good move by the RNC.https://t.co/4P5qk3fbJo
We should never do another debate sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 14, 2022
“They want the debates to happen before early voting starts, term limits for the commission’s board, and a ban on any partisan political activity for the people in the commission,” Ruhle said. “I am a mere mortal. I have never been involved in debates about debates, but when I read those three, I kind of think, I don’t know, they sound reasonable.”
MSNBC analyst and Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker also said the RNC changes seemed “quite reasonable to people…The big issue here is that traditionally the commission does not negotiate with the parties. They negotiate with the candidates,” she said. “Another interesting open question is if you read the tea leaves a little bit … They want all the Republican candidates to pledge to no more debates. You can see a world in which, if the candidate is not Donald Trump …a Republican candidate who thinks they really could do well against Biden, think debates are strength, wanting that debate. So it’s not totally monolithic even within the party necessarily.”
The commission responded that “the CPD deals directly with candidates for president and vice president who qualify for participation in the CPD’s general election debates. The CPD’s plans for 2024 will be based on fairness, neutrality and a firm commitment to help the American public learn about the candidates and the issues.” And in another joke…
This piece was written by David Kamioner on January 17, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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