A Republican 2024 presidential hopeful requests the RNC to adjust the rules for the third debate.
Here are the details of the news.
Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign asks RNC to change third debate rules
According to the report, Ramaswamy campaigns CEO Ben Yoho sent a letter to RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel and Committee on Arrangements co-Chairs David Bossie and Anne Hathaway requesting to allow only the top four Republican candidates polling the highest votes after former President Donald Trump for the third GOP debate which is scheduled to take place on November 3, 2023, in Miami.
In the letter, Yoho also urged the RNC to raise the donor threshold to 100,000 -donors to qualify for the RNC’s debate criteria.
He wrote, “But against the backdrop of a chaotic second debate and the reality of a frontrunner who has declined to participate, we respectfully call on the RNC to revise its approach so that Republican voters can focus on serious candidates who have a viable path to beating Joe Biden or whomever the Democrats put up to replace him.”
Additionally, Ramaswamy’s campaign requested to increase the time for the participating candidates to respond to their rivals and for a single debate moderator “who is able to enforce debate rules and avoid candidates indiscernible shouting over each other.”
Yoho’s letter added, “Time is running out. Early-state voting is rapidly approaching in January. Another unhelpful debate in November is not an option: voters deserve a real choice for who will best serve as our party’s nominee. Voters are not well-served when a cacophony of candidates with minimal chance of success talk over each other from the edge of the stage while the overwhelming frontrunner is absent from the center of that same stage.”
Ramaswamy’s campaign’s approach to change the rule for the third debate came after the second GOP debate, featuring seven candidates that ended chaotically in California last week.
To be eligible for participating in the third debate, GOP candidates must poll at 4% or higher in two national polls, or they need to score 4% support in one national poll and two different early state polls.
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The date range that would be considered for polls is September 1-November 6, 2023. RNC has raised the donor and polling threshold for the third debate and is expected to decrease the number of participating candidates.
Ramaswamy’s campaign has not been the only campaign to take the extraordinary approach of writing to the RNC to request modification of the debate rule.
Last month, South Carolina Senator and other GOP 2024 candidate Tim Scott sent a letter to the RNC asking that the early state polling threshold be at least 7% for the third debate. Nonetheless, political campaigns cannot force the RNC to modify the debate rule but can only request the changes.
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