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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 TrumpEx-CIA analyst resigns rather than serve Trump administration Matt Schlapp op-ed: Challenges, controversy won't stop CPAC 2017 Anti-Trump protests swell outside Parliament during debate on official visit MORE, Ben Carson, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Senators eye new sanctions against Iran Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Politico reported.
The campaigns of Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP loses top Senate contenders How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser 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 CruzTrump to speak at CPAC Trump to interview four candidates for national security adviser Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at CPAC 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.