Priebus Wants to Rein in GOP Primary Debates

Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 10:08 AM

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wants to rein in the number of GOP primary debates, putting some order to what could be a chaotic primary process, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

priebus, primary, debates“The idea of having 20 different forums and 20 different groups is a little much,” he said Tuesday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “We need to have some order in our debate process.”
Priebus said his plan is modeled after the 2008 Democratic National Committee plan.

“In ’08, it seems like we had 50 different debates, and we had our candidates trotting around all over the country debating each other with low viewership,” he added. “I think fewer is better, and perhaps waiting might be better as well.”

As for the primary schedule, Priebus said he’s hopeful Florida will move its late January primary back to March and allow Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to hold their primaries first. He said the four states, all of which have February primary dates, would leapfrog the Sunshine State if Florida doesn’t change its date.

“I’m sure if they stay in January, all the other states would move up,” he said.

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