The Republican National Committee said on Thursday it was withdrawing from the commission on presidential debates, alleging that the organization was biased in favor of Joe Biden and against Donald Trump during the 2020 campaign.
RNC President Ronna McDaniel, a Trump loyalist, called the commission “biased” on presidential debates and said the commission would implement simple and general reforms to help ensure a fair debate, including hosting debates before voting begins. and selected those arbitrators who have never worked as candidates on the debate stage.’
“Debate is an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debate,” she said. “The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to implement simple and general reforms to help ensure a fair debate, including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting those arbitrators Including those who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage.”
The development comes as the RNC threatened to amend its rules in January to allow nominations from future presidential candidates to participate in debates from the Commission on Presidential Debate, citing the same GOP president. . Like said prejudice against Republicans.
In a letter to the Debating Commission, the RNC detailed its communications and complaints with the commission, threatening to pull candidates from all commission-sponsored debates if its “credibility” with the Republican Party is not improved.
The GOP release accused the commission of “unilaterally altering previously agreed-upon debate formats and terms, in some cases without even notifying the candidates”—mute announced by organizers after Trump interrupted to press Biden An explicit reference to the button. His son’s foreign trade venture in the first debate of 2020.
“As long as the CPD appears intent on preventing meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as an impartial and non-partisan actor, the RNC will take every step to ensure that a future Republican President Candidates for the position should be given that opportunity elsewhere,” McDaniel wrote.
The commission lists the RNC’s failures to host a presidential debate until early voting has begun, to change to previously agreed debate formats, and to select a moderator who will be the first Democratic nominee. has worked for. took issue with waiting and neglected to maintain non-partisan.
The group encouraged the commission to address its “serious failures” with changes that include setting tenure limits for board members and setting criteria for selecting debate arbitrators, among other requests. This also includes enforcing a code of conduct.