Updated 6:11 p.m. ET, 5/8/2014
Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is expected to approve a new penalty Friday that will punish candidates seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination if they participate in non-sanctioned primary debates.
The penalty is meant to give the national party more control over the presidential nominating process after party leaders watched a nasty, drawn-out primary in 2012 that included 20 major debates.
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The RNC Rules committee approved the penalty Thursday as well as language that will create a new committee to oversee the GOP primary debate process including the timing, location and media partners for these events. The full RNC membership, which is meeting in this southern city this week to discuss political strategy, will vote on it Friday. The penalty is expected to easily pass.
Bruce Ash, a national committeeman from Arizona, said that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had informed the full RNC membership Thursday morning that he had spoken to the candidates who are said to be interested in running for the GOP nomination and the proposal was favorably received.
“They have all agreed to this approach,” Ash said. “Many of those candidates have advocated a much stronger approach and rigorous penalties.”
Before the vote, a few RNC members expressed concern that the national party was preventing candidates from deciding for themselves what primary debates they should participate in. But that concern was countered by advocates who argued the penalty was needed to ensure the GOP had more control over how the party picked its presidential nominee.
Gaining more control over the presidential primary debates is just one step Priebus is taking to try and gain influence over the presidential primary process. Priebus is also expected to schedule the Republican National Convention early in the summer of 2016 rather than late August/early September when the event is traditionally held. The rational is that by choosing the Republican nominee earlier, it will allow the GOP to focus its full attention on winning the general election in November.
It is the first step by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus effort to gain more control over the Republican presidential nominating process.
Republican Neocon Control
--Republican Party is pretty much gone to dogs. Not even. Fool will ever consider these war loots.
For a party that wants very little government control over the lives of Americans, they don't seem to feel that those within their own party can decide for themselves what debates to participate/not participate in. Seems a bit hypocritical over controlling, doesn't it? It's the old axiom, "Do as I say, not as I do!"
"It is the first step by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus effort to gain more control over the Republican presidential nominating process."
Reince Priebus a king-maker in waiting? How appropriate for the "leader" of a political party which offers nothing but control, greed, and power.
Typical of these "freedom-lovers" to try to control people ...
Republicans believe in free speech only if it suits them.
Agreed. The establishment needs to just get out of the way and let the conservative wing of the party take control. The Democrats long ago moved aside for the extremist socialist wing of the party, why is the Republican party so behind?
Who cares? The GOP/Teatrolls are a religious cult at this point. Someone should convince them all they'll get to live in a conservative utopia filled only with white people, machine guns and Ford F150s if they all just drink the poisoned koolaid.
The Tea Party will try to grab attention with opinions and programs that quite frankly are pulling the GOP apart.
The loony is out of the bag and the GOP is having trouble stuffing back in.
Ooohhhh, a shot across the bow of the tea baggers. The rnc wants their party back. The showings so far by the tea bagger candidates this year is that they have lost their mojo and will go the way of all the past whacko parties. They have likely served the purposes of their master koch brothers and without them their 'grassroots (I laugh out loud everytime some teabag nut says this) party is kaput. All they will have left is failin' palin and sugar daddy to spout their nonsense. paul has already abandoned them and has started his slow crawl away from libertarians, too. He will now kiss the ring of his true masters, if he wants any chance of a presidential run..
What will the tea baggers do now? They will shut up and get back in line behind the neo cons, licking their wounds and talking about their short lived glory days.
Rubes.... good riddance.
Control and punish is fast becoming the theme of this new extremist Republican Party. It is beginning to look like the the RNC is headed by Reince Putin!
There they go again sticking there nose into what is supposed to be an unrestricted and free from interference
Hahhaha. Republicans trying to control TP republcians. Ain't that a hoot. If you take vowels out of Reince Priebus , you get RNC PRBS.
Presuming that MSNBC is still being blacklisted for being fair & balanced, has anyone contacted Comedy Central about hosting a debate?
After all, we expect a repeat of 2012...a show which resembles a bunch of clowns auditioning for the role of Bozo.
What about their right to free speech?
I love hearing about this stuff. Way to checkmate yourself, GOP!
If your message is bad for the country, it's best to limit it's distribution.
Of course! The fewer of these, the less the opportunity for the Republicans to make fools of themselves. Limiting the damage is a wise move... Unfortunately, they seem to do it every day anyway...
Hopefully they will not try to tell the voters ho to vote for again.......that worked out very badly for them, last time.
The RNC finally see's what the rest of the country knew years ago. Their candidates are a bunch of nasty idiots. Sadley, as far as they're concerned, the nastier the better.
God forbid that normal people get to see what it is they really stand for
Aww Reince... We loved watching Perry stumble and Mitt bumble through the primaries! You mean Little Rand and Frothy Rick aren't going to pick Jeb apart? Tee Hee!
Won't vote for a republican, regardless of how underhanded they get between now and election day.
And yet they want to fool us like they fooled the uneducated Southerners. Republicans will give us freedoms...just keep dreaming.
They have been that way since 2009. They say the President is doing something all the while they are the ones doing it. Ex. They say "The President is hurting the economy while they are blocking every jobs bill put before them". Check it out for yourself..