Appearing with Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel suggested the GOP will disqualify mainstream media outlets from hosting the 2024 GOP primary debates.
Spicer asked “As you know, I worked with you and other members of the RNC in 2016 to deal with the debate process, to talk about what entities would have an RNC-sanctioned debate ahead of its cycle. I know it’s real early, but this is just who I am, the questions I ask. Based on what you’ve seen so far, is the RNC willing to set up a similar system and ensure that these mainstream media outlets that have gone against this president, that have made it very clear that they are mouthpieces for the DNC or the Biden administration, will not host an RNC-sanctioned debate?”
“Absolutely,” McDaniel responded “You know, Sean, it’s funny that you say that because we just formed a debate committee to start working with this process, which you did in 2016 as well heading into that election process. And it’s twofold: one is the primary situation and who’s going to get sanctioned debates from the RNC, but the second is the Commission on Presidential Debates that absolutely puts their thumb on the scale heading into the general, and they don’t negotiate with the RNC; they work with the candidate directly.”
“But for them to take the second debate virtual, which absolutely hurt voters, to have the first debate after 16 states had started voting, was just egregious. And there was bias on that committee; it’s supposed to be non-partisan,” she continued.”
“So we’re going to be looking at the whole process preparing for 2024, and it does start right now,” she concluded.