At their summer meeting the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution to prevent CNN or NBC from holding any Republican Presidential primary debates unless they canceled their planned Hillary Clinton biographies. From the official resolution:
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on CNN and NBC to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that if CNN and NBC continue to move forward with this and other such programming, the Republican National Committee will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor, and, be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee shall endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen, and that other issues pertaining to the general nature of such debates are addressed
The networks could still technically try to hold debates but without the support of the official Republican Party but they may not get any Republican candidates to participate. As long as the candidates stick with the Party on this, you can’t really hold a debate without candidates.
It is a big question if anyone will stick to a resolution made so far out from the election, but if Republican do it will likely reduce the overall number of debates and make them more right-leaning as Fox News would be the obvious place for most of the debates.
It is hard to see how this movement won’t end up pushing the Party even farther to the right during the next primary.
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