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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

RNC Debate Schedule

In After Hope and Change, we discuss the impact of the debate schedule on the 2012 GOP nomination process.

A release from the Republican National Committee:
Today, at the Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting in San Diego, California, the RNC announced that it has sanctioned nine debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus presented a clear vision for the debate process, including the dates, locations and sponsors.

The RNC previously appointed a standing committee for presidential primary debates to sanction debates on behalf of the RNC. The committee chose to limit the number of debates, spread the debates across the country by sanctioning no more than one debate per state, allocate the debates over the course of seven months, include a larger conservative media presence and allow campaigns to know and plan for the debate schedule early.  All of the sanctioned debates listed are contingent on further negotiations with the media partners and any future violation of RNC could result in the debate being unsanctioned. 
Note party rules:
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.
Back to the release:
 In the coming weeks and months the RNC and the broadcast partners will make additional announcements of conservative media partners and panelists.  

The nine debates sanctioned between schedule is listed below:

1. Fox News
    August 2015
    Ohio
2. CNN
    September 2015
    California
3. CNBC
    October 2015
    Colorado
4. Fox Business
    November 2015
    Wisconsin
5. CNN
    December 2015
    Nevada
6. Fox News
    January 2016
    Iowa
7. ABC News
    February 2016
    New Hampshire
8. CBS News
    February 2016
    South Carolina
9. NBC/Telemundo
    February 2016
    Florida
PENDING
    Fox News
    March 2016
    TBD
    CNN
    March 2016
    TBD
    Conservative Media Debate
    Date TBD
    Locations TBD