Liberal media panics about no debates in 2024 as RNC feuds with Commission on Presidential Debates


Liberals in the media are sounding the alarm over the Republican National Committee's threat to boycott debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the presidential and the vice-presidential debates for over three decades.

In a letter from the RNC to the CPD that Fox News obtained on Thursday, the committee said that it will require its presidential candidates running in the 2024 election cycle to pledge not to participate in debates run by the CPD.

If the RNC follows through with its pledge, it could likely lead to a massive shift in how presidential and vice-presidential general election debates are conducted.

"The RNC has a duty to ensure that its future presidential nominees have the opportunity to debate their opponents on a level playing field," RNC chair Ronna McDaniel writes in the letter. "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."

Responding to the letter, the commission told Fox News that "the CPD deals directly with candidates for president and vice president who qualify for participation in the CPD’s general election debates. The CPD’s 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."

Conservatives welcomed the RNC's threat against the debate commission as critics on the right have long accused the institution of being outdated and having a political bias.

Several members of the media, however, saw the move as an act of cowardice from Republicans who cannot go head-to-head with the Democratic challenger.

"Are they afraid that their candidates can’t keep up?" Joy Behar of "The View" wondered.

"Another example of Republicans’ antipathy toward public institutions and civic processes leading them to just…walk away. Doesn’t bode well for accountability or transparency," Bloomberg Opinion columnist Tim O'Brien wrote.

"I’m old enough to remember when presidential candidates tried to win by convincing voters they had the best ideas and plans," Boston Globe writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr tweeted.

"The anti-democracy party hard at work.....requiring its presidential candidates to refuse to take part in....debates...." the Lincoln Project's Joe Trippi swiped Republicans.

"The GOP is no longer a governing party and news outlets should stop us... (Read more)

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