Republican National Committee Withdraws from Commission on Presidential Debates


The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted on Thursday to withdraw from future participation in all presidential debates sanctioned by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The RNC cited implicit “bias” against conservative candidates as their reason for the withdraw.

“Today, the RNC voted to withdraw from the biased CPD, and we are going to find newer, better debate platforms to ensure that future nominees are not forced to go through the biased CPD in order to make their case to the American people,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in a statement. “The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage.”

The vote follows years of strife between the RNC and CDP over the treatment of Republican candidates. McDaniel warned the CDP after the 2020 elections that the RNC would recommend candidates now participate in sponsored debates unless there were significant reforms enacted.

The RNC cited four specific reasons for their departure from future participation in CDP hosted debates, including the CPD making last-minute format changes without warning candidates, waiting until 26 states had opened earlier voting prior to hosting the first debate, their decision to select a former Biden-staffer as moderator in 2020 and the commissions failure to remain nonpartisan.

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