Donald Trump did quite well in debates during the Republican primary. The events provided no rules free for-alls where Trump could bully his opponents into submission. He even got challengers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to get down in the mud with him.
Things were a little different, though, when it came to the actual presidential debates. The clearly unprepared Trump was not able to bully his opponents in the same way. He reacted by just constantly interrupting. And he threw a fit when the rules weren’t modified to appease him. Now the RNC is telling candidates not to participate in the presidential debates unless there are changes.
A letter released by the RNC’s Ronna McDaniel read:
“The RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential nominees have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field. So long as the CPD appears intent on stonewalling the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair and nonpartisan actor, the RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere. Accordingly, the RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates.”
Of course, this largely matters only if Trump is the nominee. If the GOP runs a normal candidate it is expected that they would participate in normal debates.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.