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Republican National Committee Votes to Withdraw From Commission on Presidential Debates

Republican National Committee Votes to Withdraw From Commission on Presidential Debates

“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”

The Republican National Committee has decided to listen to conservative voters for once and has voted to part ways with the Presidential Debate Commission.

For years, Republican voters have tuned in to a political debate only to see a liberal journalist as moderator, who often ends up arguing with the Republican candidate more than the Democrat on stage.

Anyone who has been following politics for some time remembers the dreadful CNBC debate of 2016, or the infamous debate moderated by Candy Crowley in 2012.

This decision by the RNC is long overdue but better late than never.

Anders Hagstrom reports at FOX News:

RNC votes to withdraw from Commission on Presidential Debates

The Republican National Committee unanimously voted to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The RNC clarified that it is not moving away from the presidential debate format, but is rather objecting to the CPD’s control over the process. The CPD has organized presidential and vice presidential debates for more than 30 years. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made the announcement in a statement Thursday.

“Debates are an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debates,” McDaniel said in the 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.”

“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,” she added.

This is still a work in progress, as the GOP still intends to participate in debates, just not with moderators chosen by the CPD.

Spencer Brown writes at Townhall:

It remains to be seen what the RNC’s “freer and fairer” debates might look like outside of the CPD, or whether the Democrat nominees will participate in debates that aren’t part of what has been the usual path to the White House every four years.

In any case, it makes sense for the RNC to withdraw from a process that’s proven unfair to Republican candidates organized by a group that’s becoming often indistinguishable from the rest of biased mainstream media. The fact that the CPD didn’t even feign a serious look at the issues raised by the RNC made it clear that reforming the current system wasn’t a workable option and going around existing institutions to force a change became the best course of action looking ahead to 2024.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel posted this on Twitter:

This needed to happen, especially now as the media is no longer even trying to hide their political bias and activism.


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Colonel Travis | April 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

Aside from the bias, these “debates” are fossils and have been nothing but a waste of time. They’re important to people who think they’re important. There are better ways for candidates to get to the people.

Chrisv Wallace and Candy Crowley hardest hit. So many more I can’t remember their names.

Maybe Elon Musk could host something on Twitter?

I’d like to see a real debate, you know, a discussion of the issues of the day. We haven’t had that for many years. This is a move that could turn into something good.

    irv in reply to Valerie. | April 15, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Could. But I have faith that the Republican party will do as much as they can to screw it up.

    I’m betting they don’t even have a plan yet.

      henrybowman in reply to irv. | April 16, 2022 at 1:05 am

      Hypocrites of the first order.
      Since Perot, the Rs and Ds have colluded to censor all third party candidates by deliberately raising the debate entrance threshold any time any third party comes close to achieving the previous qualification.
      The parties don’t even run these debates with their own money, the fedguv pays for it. And most people never ever realize how screwed up that is.
      Same for their national conventions — the fedguv foots the bill for the Ds’ week-long salon and riot, and the Rs’ week-long hootenanny, but nobody else’s.
      It’s like the two major parties are somehow “official government agencies,” to the exclusion of everybody else. Like there’s a separate article of the Constitution that makes them a fourth and fifth branch of government.
      De jure, political parties are private associations of like-minded citizens who choose candidates for office and promote them. De facto, they have become official, tax-sucking branches of the federal and state governments.
      This is wrong, wrong, wrong, and only one of the many major constitutional deviations that have converted the USA from an association of free people and states to an oligarchic, tyrannical national government.
      No government subsidies for political parties. Absolutely none.

        Free State Paul in reply to henrybowman. | April 16, 2022 at 10:44 pm

        Since I can’t give you 100 upvotes, I’ll comment.

        Yes, GOP made a deal with the devil after Perot. Too late, it’s realized Satan was dead serious about collecting on its soul.

    Olinser in reply to Valerie. | April 15, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Democrats will never participate in a real debate. In an actual neutral forum, they are utterly unable to defend their ideas.

    #FJB <-- Disco Stu_ in reply to Valerie. | April 16, 2022 at 6:45 am

    I suggest going one-on-one, head to head, questioning each other and demanding thorough responses. Gloves off, bare knuckles.

    I’ll watch the clock and control the microphones.

I would like to see lightly moderated Lincoln-Douglas style debates in out door open forums with combatants standing on tree stumps or soap boxes. A rough and tumble exchange like the old days and no handlers or spin doctors. Real positions, no hiding and no evading. An ideal moderator should be someone who despises both candidates.

    txvet2 in reply to Whitewall. | April 15, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    “”An ideal moderator should be someone who despises both candidates.””


    Danny in reply to Whitewall. | April 15, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    A moderator free debate may be a good idea but the total list of people who would show up to a Lincoln Douglass style debate consists of the candidates immediate family only.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | April 16, 2022 at 1:07 am

      We should have had Trump and Biden go out behind that barn, televised. That would have ended better than anything that has happened since.

    Free State Paul in reply to Whitewall. | April 16, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    “I would like to see lightly moderated Lincoln-Douglas style debates…”

    No you wouldn’t. After 15 minutes you’d change the channel to watch sportsball on ESPN.

    The “American” people today are not the same American people from the Lincoln-Douglas era.

    Remember: “Voters get the politicians they deserve.”

If the debates disappear, then good riddance.

I think Trump hurt himself in the first debate with Biden, he was over the top aggressive and not statesman like.
I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for him, but his anger was a turn off to a lot of people who can’t handle anger, looked like a bully.
It was not his finest moment
Regardless, his election was stolen

    tiger66 in reply to gonzotx. | April 15, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    That’s absurd. Your innate personal biases are showing.

      henrybowman in reply to tiger66. | April 16, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      This was the “unanimous” MSM party line immediately after the debate, so it’s an easy opinion to adopt.
      Mean tweets cause climate catastrophe! Just say no!
      Not driving, not eating, and having your net worth wiped out is a small price to pay if it keeps polar bears happy!

    How many times have you watched it? Wallace had it out for Trump, and Biden was much more the obnoxious. Trump was just being himself, and lots of people would take that in a flash.

      Go back to the debate between Trump and The Cankled Shrew

      Someone switched the actual responses from both candidates to appear it was the answer to the other

      Wish I could could find it, because it was hilarious and enlightening

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | April 16, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I agree, The first debate in 2020 was not DJT best performance. He initially allowed Wallace as the moderator to cut him off and generally show Wallace’s bias against DJT. Biden was allowed to behave in a boorish and condescending manner. DJT allowed this to anger him and came off looking a little bullying to the wine sipping suburban women.

    The 2nd was cancelled; due to Steve Scully revelations and of course Rona and Biden’s team posturing and trying to hide their candidate …DJT wiped the floor with Biden in the third debate but early voting had already begun….

    The debates are important. 73 million people watched the first debate. IMO, the way forward is to jettison the debate commission and let the candidates negotiate the terms. Perhaps the commission could be retained if it was limited to organizing the logistics of the venue with a schedule of 3 Presidential and one VP debate all before early voting with the last debate on a Thursday evening the day before early voting begins; Ballots to be mailed the next morning for the States that allow mass mail balloting.

    healthguyfsu in reply to gonzotx. | April 16, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Biden was a quibbling idiot and somehow if that got us some kind of sympathy POTUS then it’s a big part of why our country is effed up now.

This is a step in the right direction, but the great question is how to get the Dems to show up a debate not by their people.

I wonder if the rinos have made any efforts to prevent using discrete wireless headsets, as Biden and Clinton have used in prior ‘debates’.

About a hundred years too late.

More evidence that the culture is swinging in the right direction. People are insisting more and more a return to common sense and reality. Those holding on will only get more extreme, trying to hold to power. Many at the top can see there is handwriting on the wall if people look at how they have acted these past years, the actual threat to democracy they pose.

The RNC will probably STILL choose to use Chris Wallace

Fully agree, the Leftists so call moderators end up as the Democrat Propaganda Ministry does covering for the Democrat.

We need two equal and opposite moderators.
Like Rachel Maddow and Ben Shapiro, where Rachel grills ONLY the R and Ben grills ONLY the D.
It would still be boring, because neither one would get an actual answer all night.

MoeHowardwasright | April 16, 2022 at 5:27 am

Good riddance! These debates exist to play “gotcha” on the Republican nominee. President Reagan was the only one in my lifetime who was able to flip the script on the moderator. They tried to help Dukakis in 88, but the rape question got turned into a devastating attack ad. After that fiasco, no moderator ever gave a Republican nominee any type of opening. Besides all of it is so scripted. There is absolutely no substance to anything either candidate says.

Debate on Joe Rogan where people will actually listen. Let him ask whatever he wants for 3hrs, no commercial breaks to save someone from their own stupidity and Rogan can shut off the microphone if one candidate starts a filibuster

smalltownoklahoman | April 16, 2022 at 8:25 am

Not getting tag teamed by Dem opponent and biased moderators – nice!
Being able to get a word in edgewise – nice!

Think we can attribute this one to Trump and the knock on effects of having a candidate/President with a spine? Trump showed the importance of being able and willing to effectively challenge the other side when they are talking trash about you. His constant rallies also show the importance of keeping one’s base fired up and staying connected with the voters.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | April 16, 2022 at 9:06 am

Democrats, “Main Stream Media,” Academia, and government bureaucrats hate America.

But Republicans could Fûck up an orgasm through masturbation.

Both parties are as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

When can we expect an election that doesn’t kowtow to a predetermined outcome between two global parties hellbent on selling America down the river for 30 pieces of silver?

No one, and I absolutely mean no one, in Washington DC represents American voters. They represent China, Global Corporations, and anyone willing to stuff money in their pockets.

How the fuck does Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi obtain millions in personal wealth on less than $200,000 per year income?

I intend to sit out all elections. Let the biggest liars win, fuck in the country, and I’ll wait until the civil war starts.

    healthguyfsu in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | April 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Not sure why you were DV twice…maybe the language? Regardless, you had salient points.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 16, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Yep. Language.

      The world can be going to hell in a hand basket, and some people can’t handle reality.

      Language is reality.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to AF_Chief_Master_Sgt. | April 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Uh huh. 2 down votes. Pussies.

    Look at each one of my comments and prove me wrong on any one of them.

    Other than my pissy comment about not voting and waiting for the civil war to start, why the fuck do you care whether I vote or not. Also, I am not calling for a civil war.

    We are headed to a cataclysmic time when people feel that their government doesn’t represent them, which it does not. Half the country hates the other half of the country. At that point, people will act out because of the tyranny that is being pushed on them from all sides.

    So please, stick your head in the sand, pretend that our country is not totally divided, that the government is not importing millions of people to dilute our culture, and that many people have been disenfranchised by their government.

    Conservatives are being silenced in the public square. Leftists can riot and burn cities, but if a conservative complains or protests, off to the American Biden Gulag.

    Whites can be call insurrectionists and supremacists for complaining, but blacks are paraded as heroes for murder, looting, and theft.

    A conservative can be fired for refusing to use “gender pronouns,” whatever that is, but a teacher can teach my daughter that licking pûssy is OK. A male teacher can teach my son to stick a dïck in another males ass, and that’s OK.

    But that’s all well and good for you. As long as you have your bread and circuses all is well with the world.

No moderators. Just timers. Each candidate questions the other.

It’s about time!

The last worthwhile debate imo occurred between VP candidates Cheney and Lieberman in 2000. It left many Americans wondering whether the best candidates for the job weren’t both on the underside of the ticket.