Republican presidential campaigns will meet together to discuss changing the debate process this weekend and will not include representatives from the Republican National Committee (RNC), Politico reported Thursday evening.
The news comes after a series of complaints about Wednesday’s presidential debate hosted by CNBC. Candidates complained during and after the event about the network and the debate moderators.
The weekend confab is being organized by the campaigns of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVoters have a stark choice in money in politics reform Trump: Sanders turning out to be 'weak, pathetic' Carson: DNC email leak proves system is corrupt MORE, Ben Carson, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamVulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Ex-UN ambassador John Bolton: Trump should take back NATO remarks MORE (R-S.C.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Politico reported.
The campaigns of Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioBudowsky: Why Warren masters Trump Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Five ways Trump’s convention was a success MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.), as well as Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee, are expected to participate as well.
The report added that the campaigns feel the RNC has not prioritized the candidates in the debate process. The discussion will center on structuring upcoming debates.
During Wednesday’s debate, candidates repeatedly sparred with moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla over their questions.
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWalker jabs at Kasich for snubbing GOP convention Trump: Cruz is 'lucky' that I walked in on his speech Kasich leaves door open to Trump endorsement MORE (R-Texas) accused the hosts of pitting the candidates against each other in order to promote a “cage match,” and Rubio slammed a question about his “maturity.”
After the event, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus criticized CNBC, saying it “should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush added: “They didn’t control the debate, plain and simple. It was not a fair debate in that regard.”
The next debate, on Nov. 10, will be hosted by Fox Business Network.