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RNC’s Decision to Not Participate in Future GOP Debates Triggers Excitement

The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced Friday that it will not participate in future debates.

This decision does not mean there will be no more primary debates, but it does mean that established news networks such as CNN will be able to host them. Previously, Republican candidates participating in debates had to sign a pledge not to participate in Republican primary debates that were not sanctioned by the RNC. This rule has since been repealed.

“The time has come for Republican primary voters to decide who will be the next president, and candidates are free to use any forum or format they deem appropriate for voters,” the RNC's official statement said. It says “You can do it.”

The news created excitement in Ramaswamy's campaign.

“It's better to have more freedom of debate and speech than less! We're on board,” Ramaswamy spokeswoman Tricia McLaughlin said. Saidaccording to CBS News.

The RNC has been under intense scrutiny throughout its debates, but former President Donald Trump, the runaway front-runner, has not participated in any of them. During the third debate, Ramaswamy used his platform to criticize RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and call for her resignation. It was another lackluster election night for Republicans.

“Since Ronna McDaniel took over as RNC chair in 2017, we've lost in 2018, 2020, 2022. The red wave never came. In 2023, we got crushed last night. And I think we have to have accountability within the party,” Ramaswamy said.

“About that. Rona, if you want to go on stage tonight, you want to look Republican voters in the eye and tell them you resign,” Ramaswamy continued. “Let me give up my time and take an honest look at the people who are rooting for Republicans to lose.”

Ramaswamy also criticized the RNC's partnership with NBC News.

“Let's think about who's moderating this debate. This has to be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk. We have 10 times more viewers, and the Republican “We can ask questions that voters actually care about and bring more people into our party,” he added.

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CNN has already announced that it will host two debates ahead of the Iowa caucuses on January 15th and the New Hampshire primary on January 23rd, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also participating. has indicated an intention to do so.

“Looking forward to the debate in Iowa!” he wrote.

The first debate will be held on January 10th at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by the second debate on January 21st at St. Anselm's College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

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