The Republican National Committee (RNC) is already preparing to take a stand against biases in future presidential elections. The New York Times first reported that the RNC sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) expressing concern that it favors democrats.
According to the Times, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said: “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.”
The Times adds the Republican move against the CPD was born of longstanding complaints that it favors Democrats, “mirroring increasing rancor from conservatives toward Washington-based institutions”.
In response, the CPD stated it “deals directly with candidates for president and vice-president who qualify for participation”, and said “plans for 2024 will be based on fairness, neutrality and a firm commitment to help the American public learn about the candidates and the issues”.
The threatened withdrawal from CPD debates, the Times said, followed “months of discussions between the commission and party officials”.
The Guardian writes, “The commission was set up in 1987, as a non-partisan body ‘to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates between or among the leading candidates for the offices of president and vice-president … are a permanent part of the electoral process”.
In 2020 Republicans were concerned that the first presidential debate was scheduled and took place on September 29; more than a month before election day but after nearly a million votes had been cast.
The Times writes official withdrawal from the debates will have to be approved at the RNC’s winter meetings which will take place in February in Utah.