NEWS & ANALYSIS

RNC Unanimously Votes to Withdraw from Commission on Presidential Debates


The Republican National Committee announced Thursday that the group unanimously voted to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that runs the series of General Election debates between the Democrat and Republican nominee every election year.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the decision was made because the commission  won’t make “common sense” reforms.

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

She added that the RNC will seek a “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.”