RNC exerts more control over presidential debates
May 9th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
8 years 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.

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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. 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.

    May 9, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Sounds like a whole lot of propaganda in the making.

    May 9, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Wally Cox

    He looks like the little sniffler who got his butt handed to him in school every day.

    May 9, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Here's a better plan:

    Keep it just like in 2012, but put it on Comedy Central and sell ads.

    May 9, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. makes sense to me

    Its all about control for them, wake up, before its too late.

    May 9, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Bigd9749

    Is the RNC going to write the scrips for the debates also

    May 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    --tell me, what debate? JOBS-BILL? Minimum wage Raise halt? Voter I.d law? Stopping Medicaid? Block immigration bill? Or needlessly crying on Benghazi? Birth certificate? Or Obamacare? What debate. You don't have locus-standi. Period. Shut up, go home. Hillary16.

    May 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    I thought I saw that Clive BUNDY was the NEW FACE of the GOP RNC laughing stock of America party??????

    May 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    As if anyone needs another reason to be repulsed by the gotp. Sliding further down the slope to self destruction. Love it.

    May 9, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    There will DEFINITELY be scripts.... That will be filled with lies!

    Tell em what they wanna hear!

    May 9, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    It must be sad – American is not on the side of RWNJs, not just LSM. As for calling out Lying Mittens during the debate, Candy was asked, she did not lie, and Mittens was proven to be a lying fool. Jeep did not close it plant in Ohio either. Mittens, liar of the year in 2012.

    May 9, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Republican primary winners, Cliven Bundy the dead beat welfare queen, and Ted "Crappy Pants" Nugent. They seem to reek of republican values.

    May 9, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They are going to win one way or another!! The MSM is already on your side.

    May 9, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    " rational for holding the convention earlier rather than later in the summer is that it will "
    Give the voters time to forget all the BS that the candidates said to get the party nomination.
    Sorta like, you know, 'shake the etch-a-sketch'. Might improve their chance in a national election.

    May 9, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The penalty is meant to give the RNC more control over the presidential nominating process "

    No it's not. It's to bolster the threat of "you either report this in a manner and use rules and a moderator that the national party approves of, or we're not going to allow your network to have a debate, so you won't get all that extra viewership and the ratings and ad revenue that go with it." This move is entirely about giving the national GOP/Teatroll cabal more control over how the networks portray their candidates.

    May 9, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "The penalty is meant to give the RNC more control over the presidential nominating process "

    No it's not. It's to bolster the threat of "you either report this in a manner and use rules and a moderator that the national party approves of, or we're not going to allow your network to have a debate, so you won't get all that extra viewership and the ratings and ad revenue that go with it." This move is entirely about giving the national GOP/Teatroll cabal more leverage and control over how the networks portray their candidates.

    Sorry, Candy, but it looks like you're out this year...correcting Mittens' lying didn't exactly put you in the GOP/Teatrolls' good graces, and lord knows CNN could use the viewership and ad revenue, so I'm sure they'll be catering to the GOP/Teatrolls' demands this year. Maybe CNN will have Rush Limbaugh as the moderator.

    May 9, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. BENGHAZI!!!!!

    13 embassies attacked under BUSH and no Committees were formed to look into why this happened. The GOP is an opportunistic Cancer that needs to be cut out and destroyed.
    1. Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate
    2. June 14, 2002: Suicide Car-Bomb outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi
    3. Oct. 12, 2002: String Of Bali Bombings Included U.S. Consulate
    4. Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked For the Second Time in One Year
    5. May 12, 2003: 36 People Including 9 Americans Die After Terrorists Storm U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    6. July 30, 2004: Islamist Attacks U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    7. Dec. 6, 2004: Five Staff and Four Security Guards Die in U.S. consulate attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    8. March 2, 2006: Third Attack on Karachi U.S. Consulate Killed U.S. Diplomat
    9. Sept. 12, 2006: Four Gunmen Stormed the U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria
    10. Jan. 12, 2007: Greek Terrorists Fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the U.S. Embassy
    11. March 18, 2008: A Mortar is fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
    12. July 9, 2008: Three Turkish Policemen were Killed When Gunman Fired on the U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey
    13. Sept. 17, 2008: 16 People Including 2 Americans Die in an Orchestrated Attack on the U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen

    May 9, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Dean
    Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – So you think a select committee looking into to deaths of 3000 Americans on 9-11-2001, 50 Americans dead in 15 terrorist attacks on our embassies under Bush, and the 4500 deaths in republican unnecessary wars would also be a good idea?

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Do you take those blinders off at night?
    ----
    Written like a true reality challenged RWNJ.

    May 9, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. 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?

    May 9, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Bigd9749
    Is the RNC going to write the scrips for the debates also
    --------

    Yes indeed. As well as the candidates answers. Pre-prepared and hand delivered to the media for follow-up discussions.

    May 9, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. 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.
    ------------------------------------
    TRANSLATION: It's all about the money. Back in 2012, Romney and Obama were operating under two sets of rules. Romney had no access to funds from the national party, but as sitting president Obama did. Obama was able to run ads against Romney for two months before Romney could spend money from the RNC. However, there was nothing stopping Romney from spending money that he raised on his own.

    Does anyone know what the penalty is going to be, which the article does not describe?

    May 9, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Mark in Seattle

    Could be that Reince Priebus is just ticked off about being named Reince Priebus. I'd be down right cranky also.

    May 9, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. 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.

    May 9, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "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?"

    Given that $310 billion is the price tag for 6 tax breaks given to General Electric and other big corporations – paid for by you and me – I don't think American corporations are hurting, regardless of what the corporate "tax rate" supposedly "is."

    May 9, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Larry Mondello

    Mark in Seattle
    Could be that Reince Priebus is just ticked off about being named Reince Priebus. I'd be down right cranky also.

    Excellent observation!

    May 9, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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