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Citizens United President: RNC May Circumvent Networks If Debate Reforms Are Not Adopted

An RNC sign glows outside the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom in Charlotte, N.C., August 24, 2020. (Travis Dove/Reuters) The Republican National Committee (RNC) would consider cutting out major television networks unless reforms to the presidential debate process are adopted, Citizens United President David Bossie said Friday. “We don’t need to count on just the networks,”…

An RNC sign glows out the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom at Charlotte, N.C., August 24, 2020. (Travis Dove/Reuters)

The Republican National Committee (RNC) would consider cutting major tv networks unless reforms into the presidential debate process are adopted, Citizens United President David Bossie said Friday.

“We don’t need to count on just the networks,” Bossie said during radio piece with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. “There are so many opportunities out there, so many platforms out there that we can go to and partner with to get the message out.”

He said that although the RNC is still mapping debate planning for the 2024 election cycle, the Republican party is looking into possibly structuring its primary debates differently. Throughout the interview, he noted that Republicans have whined and grown tired of seemingly biased moderators controlling the direction, tone, and story in favor of certain participants during previous debates.

Fox News commentator Chris Wallace received criticism from Republicans for his performance as moderator during the first presidential debate, which featured incumbent President Trump and then Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Those disappointed with the way he ran the episode accused him of throwing hard-ball questions in the former president and providing too much leeway to the Democratic front-runner.

Bossie is helping lead the RNC debate reform initiative, also suggested that he wants to avoid recruiting moderators that are not neutral and balanced.

“We have to not allow bad actors to infiltrate our debate process,” he stated, speaking to”moderators who aren’t really trying to ask questions to make the candidates front and center.”

“They’re asking questions really not to impact primary Republican voters, but to have’gotcha’ questions and answers to the general election discussion, since they all want to see their question and answ

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