May 18, 2022

RNC warns presidential debate organizer over fundraising language

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is warning the group responsible for organizing the presidential debates against raising funds against the idea that the next GOP nominee will appear in the 2024 debates.

The RNC has previously threatened to change its rules to bar its presidential candidates from participating in any of the debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), echoing the former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio GOP Senate candidates tout MAGA’s good faith during debate Trump’s former personal assistant appears before January 6 panel GOP sounds alarm over Greitens allegations MORE‘s accusations of anti-Republican bias against the group.

In a letter to the commission dated February 25, the president of the RNC Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielEx-RNC chairman slams Trump: ‘Not fit to lead this nation’ Nashville, Milwaukee final two for 2024 GOP convention Hill’s campaign report: GOP slams Democrats for rising pump prices MORE said the party had already started moving forward with the proposed rule change and demanded that the commission avoid telling or implying to potential donors and partners that the 2024 debates will feature the remaining candidate to be determined.

“I expect this language to pass overwhelmingly,” McDaniel wrote, referring to the proposed change excluding the candidate from the debates. “As a result, the Commission on Presidential Debates should refrain from telling its potential donors and partners that the Republican presidential nominee will participate in any CPD-sponsored debates during the 2024 presidential cycle.”

McDaniel’s letter was first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.

The CPD did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the letter. But commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf, who is also a former RNC chairman, told the Journal in an interview that he did not expect the GOP threat to harm the commission’s fundraising. .

“We’re not selling ourselves to anyone,” Fahrenkopf told the Journal. “We have nothing to do with political parties. We deal with applicants once they have reached the threshold.

While politicians from both parties have occasionally complained about the commission’s handling of the debates, Republican criticism of the group has only increased since Trump became the party’s nominee in 2016.

The former president has repeatedly complained about the direction of the committee, programming decisions and the choices of moderators. During his bid for re-election in 2020, he withdrew from the second scheduled debate against now-President BidenJoe BidenEx-Trump’s personal assistant appears before Jan. 6 panel Defense and National Security – Russia Sends Warnings to the West On the Money – Feds Propose New Disclosure Rule for Public Companies MORE after the commission decided to move to a virtual format amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Even if the RNC were to change its rules regarding the CPD, that wouldn’t necessarily mean the 2024 nominee wouldn’t participate in the proceedings. The party could always change its rules again, and the prospective candidate will likely have the final say on whether to participate.