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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New RNC Debate Rule

As we explain in After Hope and Change, the 2012 presidential debates were gaffe factories.  The people who watched most attentively were Obama's oppo guys, waiting for comments such as "self deportation." Reince Priebus later acknowledged that the line was "horrific." 

Now the party is trying to limit the factories' hours. From the Republican National Committee:
There shall be a Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates, which shall be composed of thirteen (13) members of the Republican National Committee, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and each of the four (4) regions shall elect two (2) members, one man and one woman, at its regional caucus at the RNC Summer Meeting in each even-numbered year in which no Presidential election is held. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall appoint the chairman of the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates from among the members thereof. The Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall have the authority to sanction debates on behalf of the Republican National Committee based on input from presidential campaigns and criteria which may include but are not limited to considerations of timing, frequency, format, media outlet, and the best interests of the Republican Party. Each debate sanctioned by the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall be known as a “Sanctioned Debate.” Any presidential candidate who participates in any debate that is not a Sanctioned Debate shall not be eligible to participate in any further Sanctioned Debates. [emphasis added]