RNC Forms Presidential Debates Committee

Friday, 01 Apr 2011 11:45 AM

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) has put together a task force to decide whether the party should sanction a small group of 2012 presidential debates. The move is designed to make it easier for candidates to decide which debates to participate in, The Washington Post reports.

Indiana Republican National Committeeman Jim Bopp will head the RNC Committee on Presidential Debates and be joined by Dick Armey, a former congressman from Texas; Mike Duncan, the former RNC chairman; and Al Cardenas, former Florida state party chairman.

Reince Priebus, RNC chairman,
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “The Committee on Presidential Debates will help ensure that we have a strong nominating process and put us in an even better position to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” the Post reported.

Debates have become an issue for the GOP. A May 2 debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in California was just pushed back to September because of a lack of announced candidates. Simplifying and perhaps limiting the number of debates would be welcomed by first-tier candidates who would be able to avoid sharing a stage with long-shot rivals, the Post said.

Six debates are on the calendar, and it’s unclear what the RNC panel would do with them. It could pick and choose among them or set up new debates, the Post said.


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