Both political parties have historically partnered with news networks to hold primary debates as opposed to parliamentary debates held by the Commission on presidential debates, which have overseen these forums since 1988. Bossie said in his interview with Hewitt that Republicans in particular been appalled by what he characterized as unique moderators.
“We must not allow bad actors to infiltrate our debate process,” he said, defining them as “moderators who do not really try to ask questions to put the candidates in front and in the center.”
“They are really asking questions not to influence the primary Republican voters, but to get ̵
The RNC calls for major reforms in how ordinary election debates are held, including who is elected to moderate them and the conditions under which they are held, arguing that the current system is systematically biased against Republicans.
RNC President Ronna McDaniel earlier this month fired a letter to Commission leaders about presidential debates in which the organization was destroyed for what the GOP claimed were “repeated mistakes and biased actions that underscored its biases” and called for a number of changes. .
The 2020 debates were the source of much Republican criticism during the presidential campaign, including the CPD’s decision to let moderators cut candidates’ microphones after the actual first debate between Joe Biden and then-President Donald Trump in an attempt to restore order – moving the second planned debate for an external format before eventually being canceled after Trump’s admission with Covid-19 – as well as the choice of moderators as C-SPAN host Steve Scully.
Among the requirements, the RNC called for time constraints for CPD members, additional rules on how debate moderators are elected, and a “transparent code of conduct” for them to operate under.
In his letter, McDaniel threatened to advise Republican presidential candidates to boycott CPD-sponsored events if it chose not to modernize its process.
“We need a neutral body to host the presidential debates,” Bossie said Friday. “Whether we can work with them and help fix the system or have to turn to another device is still undecided.”