UPDATED 5:52 PM PT – Monday, July 12, 2021
The Republican National Committee has refused establishment media from moderating GOP primary debates. During an interview on Monday, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the RNC would not allow biased mainstream media figures to moderate 2024 Republican primary debates.
McDaniel added the RNC could request the Republican nominee for president not to participate in general election debates unless the Commission on Presidential Debates made some major changes. In June, McDaniel sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debate, which outlined these changes.
Additionally, the CPD undermined the conditions for a fair debate last year:
→ CPD selected a moderator that previously worked for Biden
→ 6 of the 10 CPD board members made anti-Trump comments
→ Switched second debate to a “virtual” format
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 2, 2021
“However, we have actually called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to have more transparency, to have term limits,” she explained. “We may encourage our candidate not to work with them if they do not make significant changes.”
McDaniel’s comments come as Republicans gear up for the 2022 midterms and begin to prepare early for the 2024 presidential race.