The Republican National Committee (RNC) said it’s time for GOP voters to decide the party’s presidential nominee, signaling it won’t host any further primary debates for the 2024 presidential election.

“We have held four successful debates across the country with the most conservative partners in the history of a Republican primary,” the RNC’s Committee on Presidential Debates said, according to a statement obtained by Florida’s Voice.

“We have no RNC debates scheduled in January and any debates currently scheduled are not affiliated with the RNC,” the statement continued.

“It is now time for Republican primary voters to decide who will be our next President and candidates are free to use any forum or format to communicate to voters as they see fit,” it added.

The statement indicates next month’s scheduled debates on CNN and ABC aren’t affiliated with the RNC.


Florida’s Voice reports:

In October, Trump’s campaign demanded the GOP halt all primary debates.

The campaign emphasized the need for the party to “refocus its manpower and money” on preventing Democrats’ efforts to “steal” the upcoming election.

“Anything less, along with other reasons not to cancel, are an admission to the grassroots that their concerns about voter integrity are not taken seriously and national Republicans are more concerned about helping Joe Biden than ensuring a safe and secure election,” a previous statement from the campaign read.

Below are CNN’s requirements for their respective Iowa and New Hampshire debates:

Iowa: The debate takes place Jan. 10, 2024. Candidates need at least 10% in three separate national and/or Iowa polls of GOP caucus-goers meeting CNN’s standards, one of which must be an “approved CNN poll.” The qualifying window closes Jan. 2.

New Hampshire: The debate takes place Jan. 21. Candidates need at least 10% in three separate national and/or New Hampshire polls of GOP primary voters meeting CNN’s standards, one of which must be an “approved CNN poll.” Additionally, any candidate who places in the top three during the prior Iowa caucuses will be invited. The qualifying window closes Jan. 16.

ABC’s New Hampshire debate will take place on Jan. 18.

With the RNC’s requirements, the fourth GOP primary debate’s participants included Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Chris Christie.


The RNC’s decision, made by a 16-member internal body, means that any forthcoming debates will be hosted by networks independently of the committee. Two outlets — ABC and CNN — have announced plans to host future debates in Iowa and New Hampshire ahead of early state voting. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis already said he will attend CNN’s planned Iowa debate before next month’s caucuses and ABC’s planned New Hampshire debate.

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