Republicans have signaled that they are pulling out of future presidential debates.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
It’s unclear what would replace the CPD, if anything.
The RNC argues that the CPD, which oversees the debates, have become partisan in support of Democrats.
The CPD is accused of “stonewalling the meaningful reforms,” according to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
The prevents the CPD from restoring “its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor,” McDaniel said.
“The RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere,” a statement from the RNC explained.
The commission is a nonprofit organization that is run by members of both parties.
Although it considers itself nonpartisan, critics claim CPD was bias against President Donald Trump during the 2020 election.
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The RNC said it wants the commission to commit to hold a debate before the start of early voting and agree not to hold any matchups after the state deadlines to mail absentee ballots to military personnel and overseas voters. The RNC is also seeking term limits for the commission’s board members and a ban on partisan political activity by officials and staffers of the commission.
The party also requested that the commission make its moderator selection process transparent, as well as adopt a code of conduct for debate moderators.
“These proposals are common sense solutions for an organization whose unique, nonpartisan role in American elections requires it to stand above the political fray,” the RNC said.