RNC votes to withdraw from Presidential Debate Committee events


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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Thursday the RNC voted unanimously to withdraw its nominees from any event organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, citing the commission’s bias. File Pool Photo by Chip Somodevilla/UPI | License picture

April 14 (UPI) — The Republican National Committee voted unanimously on Thursday not to participate in any future presidential debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The RNC accused the commission of bias, say in a statementthat he would look elsewhere for platforms for debate during the next elections.

“Debates are an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to enact simple, common-sense reforms to help ensure fair debates, including holding debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel.

“Today the RNC voted to opt out of the biased CPD, and we will find new and better platforms for debate to ensure that future candidates do not have to go through the biased CPD in order to make their case. arguments with the American people.”

The vote was the result of a year-long process, the RNC said.

All party presidential candidates will be required to sign a document guaranteeing that they will only appear in party-sanctioned primary and general election debates, the Washington Post first reported.

“To be clear: We are not walking away from the debates. We are walking away from the CPD. It is biased and does not serve the interests of the American people,” read a statement on the RNC’s website.

Among other things, the RNC said it disputes that 26 states had started the early voting process in 2020, ahead of the first presidential debate.

The committee pointed to changes to previously agreed-upon debate formats, “in some cases without even notifying candidates,” as another reason for the vote.

He also said the commission had failed to “maintain the strict impartiality of the organization” and that several of its board members had publicly disparaged the Republican nominee.


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