Republican National Committee threatens to opt out of presidential debates

The Republican National Committee announced it could move to prohibit its future nominees from participating in events sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. 

In a letter sent to the co-chairs of the CPD on Thursday, obtained by the Washington Examiner, the RNC accused the organization of stonewalling its requests for reforms to the debate process. The RNC said that as long as the commission stonewalls its requests, the party will stop participating in its debates.

"We are especially frustrated with the CPD’s refusal to enact reforms aimed at ensuring nonpartisanship by claiming that doing so would somehow render the organization more partisan," a letter signed by Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the RNC, said. "The RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates."

The RNC cited a number of concerns with the CPD. It highlighted the commission's selection of Steve Scully, who served as an intern to Joe Biden in college, to moderate one of the 2020 presidential debates. It said a majority of the commission's board members publicly disparaged the Republican presidential nominee. The RNC also criticized the nonprofit organization for hosting the first debate after early voting had already begun.