(USA Features) Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday that there is “no way” left-leaning media will be permitted to moderate Republican presidential primaries in 2024 if she thinks they want to see candidates fail.
In addition, she told Breitbart News that the eventual 2024 GOP nominee to avoid working with the Commission on Presidential Debates if it does not make “significant changes.”
McDaniel said that primary debates are controlled by the RNC, adding the organization has “a lot of say on the moderators” of such events.
“And no way would I want to put our candidates in a position where they’re being put in front of a moderator who wants to see them fail, ok — who has a bias that we know and is obvious,” she added.
“The second of that is the Commission on Presidential Debates, which isn’t governed by the RNC. That’s governed by the nominee, the candidate, once they get the nomination,” the RNC chief continued.
“However, we have actually called on the Commission on Presidential debates to have more transparency” as well as term limits, she noted further, adding they “may encourage our candidate not to work with them” if they do not make “significant,” common-sense changes.”
“Maybe don’t start the debates after a huge proportion of states have started voting,” McDaniel said.
“Or maybe don’t pick a moderator who interned for the Democrat nominee for president like Steve Scully did for Joe Biden,” she said.
“So these are things we are starting now, because what many people don’t know, and this is in the weeds, the RNC passes the rules to govern the 2024 election in the next year,” McDaniel explained further.
“We can’t pass rules after 2022 because you don’t pass rules once the players are on the field,” she said.
“So we only have a chance to deal with this within the next year and a half and that is why I sent — I hope you’ve seen — a very tough letter to the Commission of Presidential Debates because we have to fight for our 2024 nominee right now,” McDaniel added.
Republican voters were upset with moderators last year during then-President Donald Trump’s debates with then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden for what they saw as one-sided against Trump.
Many called for Republican presidential contenders to avoid media-moderated debates in the future.