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 thought biker rally crowd would resemble ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Weld wins Libertarian nomination for VP Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals MORE, Ben Carson, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Politico reported.
The campaigns of Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio MORE (R-Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulLibertarian ticket will get super-PAC support Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules 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 CruzDems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Party chairs see reversal of fortune 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.