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 TrumpTrump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. More women are voting early in key battlegrounds: report Matt Schlapp: 5 post-debate reasons Trump is still in it MORE, Ben Carson, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamHigh anxiety for GOP NYC mayor: Trump sounds like ‘a third-world dictator’ Five takeaways from final debate MORE (R-S.C.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Politico reported.
The campaigns of Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump Poll: Clinton holds 4-point lead in Florida Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? 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 CruzFive takeaways from money race Club for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' 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.