RNC exerts more control over presidential debates
May 9th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
3 months ago

RNC exerts more control over presidential debates

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – The Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a measure Friday that will punish candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination if they participate in debates that are not sanctioned by the national party.

The penalty is meant to give the RNC more control over the presidential nominating process after party leaders watched a nasty, drawn-out primary in 2012 that included 20 major debates. Only seven RNC members opposed the new “rule,” while 152 supported it. The RNC also created a new committee that will oversee the GOP primary debate process including the timing, location and media partners for the debates.

Before the vote, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus consulted with the various candidates who are said to be considering running for the GOP nomination in an attempt to get their support for the new penalty.

Gaining more control over the presidential primary debates is just one step Priebus is taking to try and exert influence over the presidential primary process.

He also announced at the RNC meeting here in Memphis that the 2016 Republican National Convention would be held no earlier than June 27 and no later than July 18. The rational for holding the convention earlier rather than later in the summer is that it will give the Republican nominee the ability to focus his full attention on winning the general election in November.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas are all vying to host the GOP convention in 2016.


Filed under: 2016 • Presidential Debate • Republican Party • RNC • Tennessee
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jerry Mathers

    Rience, Repeat!

    May 9, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Rudy NYC
    The rational for holding the convention earlier rather than later in the summer is that it will give the Republican nominee the ability to focus his full attention on winning the general election in November.
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    TRANSLATION: It's all about the money.

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    I would add it's all about having enough time for the gop/tea bag base to forget they were played for fools again by their party:

    1. Trot out the loonies early on to keep the money flowing and the interest high
    2. Pivot to a bland puppet (Romney last time, Jeb this time, needed for their 10 working digits to sign legislation the corporate powers write for the House)
    3. Suppress voting, etc..
    4. Hope that enough Independent voters forget the gop nominee is pushing the same, tired, failed policies and somehow win the general election.

    When will the gop/tea bag base tire of being used this way?

    May 9, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @it must be said: "It is about time the Republican party realizes the LSM is NOT on their side and used all those debates to damage the Republican candidates and their chances. Having partisan hacks like Candi Crowley be a moderator was total BS. A moderator taking over for a candidate in a debate was a farce. She should be banned from any further debate moderation."

    If the gop nominees can't handle a moderator, how would they ever be able to handle the demands of the Presidency? One snappy comeback from Putin and poof! That's it?

    May 9, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The gop's idea of a "debate" is a bunch of softballs thrown at the candidates, followed by final say on the edited version, broadcast two days after the event.

    If these gop candidates can't handle a debate, they sure as hell can't handle the job of being POTUS.

    May 9, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross..... "They are going to win one way or another!! The MSM is already on your side."

    Reporting what goppers actually say is not taking sides. Truth hurts, Bub; your party is a bunch of losers.

    May 9, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Mexico's corporate tax rate is 30% and the United States rate is 40%. Is that another one of your "facts" through that "lens" that you look through?"

    And yet their EFFECTIVE corporate tax rates are almost identical. Guess why. Look it up.
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    He's manufacturing another straw man argument again. I had written that it is not about the tax rate in foreign countries because US law allows them to deduct whatever they owe in full. We, the US taxpayers, pay the foreign corporate taxes for large multinational corporations for them. One would think that the right wing would be outraged by it, but lo and behold they sanction it fully.

    May 9, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. CALIFORNIA

    Nothing like last time where the moderator backed up Obama's lie. Right Candy?

    May 9, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @2_indy1600: "Guess CNN is a little embarassed by their "debate" coverage with the teacher in the room. Won't print anything close to the truth on this one. The idea is to hand over press, elections, congress and maybe judicial branch to the "due diligence" of social media. The VETTING is done there for sure; WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE?"

    My, my, so clever to indirectly bring up Clinton. She really freaks you guys out! Anyway, here's the whole quote of what she said (something you've probably never heard, since you get all your info from RWNJ sources):

    With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?

    It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.

    Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

    May 9, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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