RNC chair confirms GOP candidate will NOT attend a Presidential debate

Republican National Committee chair confirms GOP candidate will NOT attend a Presidential debate in the build-up to 2024 because of the ‘flawed’ commission

  • RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said GOP candidate will not participate in debates
  • Said the Commission on Presidential Debates is ‘flawed’ and ‘bias’
  • Comes as she is refusing to participate in a debate for her own reelection 

The Republican Party reiterated Monday that the GOP presidential nominee in the 2024 race will not participate in any debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said any sites interested in hosting and looking to submit a proposal to the CPD should not ‘waste your time’ with the ‘flawed’ organization.

In a letter to the group last January, McDaniel alleged that they are not willing to ‘meaningfully address’ issues raised by the RNC – and therefore would prohibit any future nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates.

CPD announced on January 3 that it is opening requests for sites interested in hosting presidential and vice presidential debates in the 2024 election. Many times these debates take place at venues like colleges or concert halls and auditoriums.

The deadline for submission is April 28, 2023.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel doubled-down on Monday that the GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential election will not participate in debate hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel doubled-down on Monday that the GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential election will not participate in debate hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates 

The called the commission 'flawed' and 'bias' and told venues interested in hosting the events not to 'waste your time' applying

The called the commission ‘flawed’ and ‘bias’ and told venues interested in hosting the events not to ‘waste your time’ applying 

‘NEWSFLASH for organizations considering applying to the Commission on Presidential Debates in response to their request for proposals: Don’t waste your time,’ McDaniel wrote in a Monday Twitter post.

‘The GOP nominee will not be participating in any debate put on by the biased and flawed CPD,’ she added.

The RNC chairwoman claimed: ‘We tried for over a year to get fairness in the process. The CPD won’t even commit to commonsense reforms.’

She attached a January 13, 2022 letter to the co-chairs detailing an interactive process to amend the rules and operations of the organization, which McDaniel said were unsuccessful.

CPD is a private, nonpartisan organization which has hosted presidential general election debates spanning back to 1988.

‘The CPD’s primary mission is to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates are held every four years between and among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States,’ the group’s mission statement reads.

‘The CPD is an independent organization. It is not controlled by any political party or outside organization, and it does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties. It receives no funding from the government or any political party, political action committee or candidate.’

McDaniel, however, has made it clear that the RNC and GOP does not believe the organization works in a bipartisan manner.

The CPD announced in early January that it was opening applications for venues to host debates for the 2024 general election cycle

The CPD announced in early January that it was opening applications for venues to host debates for the 2024 general election cycle

Former President Donald Trump participated in debates in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential general elections. Pictured: Trump looks at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during their debate in Missouri on October 9, 2016 – one month before election day

Former President Donald Trump participated in debates in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential general elections. Pictured: Trump looks at Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during their debate in Missouri on October 9, 2016 – one month before election day

Flashback: Trump debates President Joe Biden in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22, 2020

Flashback: Trump debates President Joe Biden in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22, 2020

Ironically, the RNC chairwoman has received widespread criticism on her part for not committing to a debate with those challenging her for her seat at the helm of the RNC this year.

She claimed that they announced a debate, but never asked for her input regarding timing, and says she is too busy to participate.

‘This person put out a debate – John Fredericks says, ‘Oh we’re going to do a debate.’ And he – I have to conduct business at the RNC, I’ve got meetings all day. And he says, ‘here’s this time and she’s not doing it.’ They never asked me, they never cleared it with my schedule,’ she told Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast.

‘I was never, ever asked to be a part of that debate – and I can’t.’

The John Fredericks Media Network and Real America’s Voice, two conservative media outlets, are set to host a candidate forum on January 25 live from the Dana Point, California, where RNC members are gathering to elect their next chair.

Both Harmeet Dhillon, the RNC committeewoman from California, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, will be participating.

McDaniel will not.

When pushed by Bannon on whether she would participate in an hour debate if networks worked around her schedule, McDaniels said: ‘No… don’t throw a debate on me at the last minute and say, ‘oh, now she can’t do it.’

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