RNC votes to withdraw from Commission on Presidential Debates

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The Republican National Committee unanimously voted to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Depates.

The RNC clarified that it is not moving away from the presidential debate format, but is rather objecting to the CPD’s control over the process. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made the announcement in a statement Thursday.

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“Debates are an important part of the democratic process, and the RNC is committed to free and fair debates,” McDaniel said in the statement. “The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage.”

FILE - President Donald Trump responds to Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

FILE – President Donald Trump responds to Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

“Today, the RNC voted to withdraw from the biased CPD, and we are going to find newer, better debate platforms to ensure that future nominees are not forced to go through the biased CPD in order to make their case to the American people,” she added.

The RNC went on to list a number of complaints with how the CPD handled previous elections, such as not hosting the first debate in 2020 until 26 states had already begun early voting.

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The RNC also complained that a majority of the CPD’s board members had publicly disparaged former President Donald Trump prior to the debates.

Former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign made many of the same complaints during the 2020 election.

The CPD has yet to respond to the RNC vote.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.

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