Wednesday, June 2, 2021

GOP Makes Demands Of CPD Debate Rules And Format For 2024

The 2024 Candidates for President will Not, square off, on a Debate Stage for around 39 months, but the Republican Party already is Demanding Big Changes from the Nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) before Agreeing its cCndidate will take part.

The CPD is a Nonprofit Corporation established in 1987 under the Joint Sponsorship of the Democratic and Republican Political Parties in the U.S. The CPD Sponsors and Produces Debates for U.S. Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates and undertakes Research and Educational Activities relating to the Debates. It has run All of the Presidential Debates held since 1988. The Commission's Debates are Sponsored by Private Contributions from Foundations and Corporations as well as Fees from Hosting Institutions.

The CPD is Headed by Frank Fahrenkopf, a former Republican National Committee Chairman, Dorothy S. Ridings, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations, and Kenneth Wollack, former President of the National Democratic Institute.[ As of 2020, the Board of Directors consisted of: John C. Danforth, Charles Gibson, John Griffen, Yvonne Hao, Jane Harman, Antonia Hernandez, Reverend John I. Jenkins, Newton N. Minow, Richard D. Parsons, and Olympia Snowe. Janet H. Brown is the current Executive Director.

"For too long, the CPD has failed to meet its responsibility to presidential candidates and American voters nationwide in providing a neutral forum for candidate debates," Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair, Ronna McDaniel, wrote in a letter to the Commission, Wednesday. "Our sincere hope is that the CPD accepts this criticism and works to correct its mistakes."

McDaniel's letter, which seeks a Response from the Commission by the End of July 2021, Revives One of Trump's simmering Grievances Tied to his Loss in November 2020 Election.

Trump has continued to Claim, without Evidence, that he was the actual Winner of the Election, maintained that he was Mistreated in the Debates and his Rival Joe Biden was getting an Unfair Advantage.

Among McDaniel's Complaints listed in the letter:

- The Final Debate, took place, after Early and Absentee Voting had begun in some States.

- The CPD bruptly proposed Shifting to a Virtual Debate because of Trump's Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis.

- The Moderator Issues.

- The CPD's Board of Directors.

- The Stage Set-Up.

McDaniel credited Trump's "background in television" for recognizing that Plexiglass installed between the Podiums because of the Coronavirus Pandemic could Create a Lighting Issue.

"Had it not be caught by the President of the United States, the CPD's unforced error would have caused a surprising and awkward distraction for both candidates once the cameras started to roll," she wrote.

The Private, Independent Commission, typically Negotiates Terms of Debates with Candidates' Campaigns after Primaries and Conventions have Concluded during the Election year.

The Next Race could be a Rematch between Biden, who has Announced he will seek Reelection, and Trump, who is openly mulling the idea and is currently the Front-Runner for the GOP Nomination.

After Trump and Members of his Inner Circle tested Positive for COVID-19 following the First Debate in Ohio, Debate Organizers opted for the Second Debate to be held Virtually. Trump Refused to Debate Remotely, so he and Biden ultimately held Live Town Hall Events on different Networks.

In her letter, McDaniel calls for:

- Term Limits and a Code of Conduct for Members of the CPD Board.

- Timelines that Account for Early and Absentee Voting.

- Moderator Guidelines.

- Penalties for Violations.

"If not, the RNC will have no choice but to advise future Republican candidates against participating in CPD-hosted debates and the RNC will look for other options for its candidates to debate the issues before the American people in a neutral and nonpartisan forum," she wrote.

The First Trump-Biden Debate was notably Chaotic: Trump's Family Refused to follow Mask Requirements; Trump frequently Interrupted Biden; and Moderator, Chris Matthews, Struggled to Maintain Control.

For the Second Debate, Trump's Team had tried to Negotiate Terms that would put him on the Stage with Biden again, despite the President's COVID-19 Diagnosis that had Forced him to be Hospitalized less than Two weeks earlier. It was supposed to be a Town Hall Format.

Trump's Campaign was Unsuccessful at getting the Town Hall Debate Rescheduled, leaving just the Third Moderated Head-to-head Debate, with a Manually operated Mute Button to Prevent Interruptions that Plagued the Earlier Debate.

Polls and Pundits generally Declared Biden the Winner of the Two Debates, despite Trump's Insistence he hadOoutperformed Biden. He frequently railed on Twitter against the Commission and Debate Formats during that time.

No Independent Candidate has been in the Debates before and after, Ross Perot (I) in 1992.

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