It’s not the Tea Party this time that’s seeking an opening for true leadership. It’s the presidential Republican candidates themselves who are causing a revolution to the electoral process. They had been respectfully invited to participate in a national televised debate that disrespectfully turned into a slugfest. America wants better. And these guys and gal are meeting on Sunday to do something about it reported in the Politico. Wish them luck.
1. GOP candidates revolt against RNC
2. Strategy meeting coming up Sunday
Via politico.com Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate process — and how to remove power from the hands of the Republican National Committee.
Not invited to the meeting: Anyone from the RNC, which many candidates have openly criticized in the hours since Wednesday’s CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado — a chaotic, disorganized affair that was widely panned by political observers.
On Thursday, many of the campaigns told POLITICO that the RNC, which has taken a greater role in the 2016 debate process than in previous election cycles, had failed to take their concerns into account. It was time, top aides to at least half a dozen of the candidates agreed, to begin discussing among themselves how the next debates should be structured and not leave it up to the RNC and television networks.
Rubio, largely considered the standout of Wednesday’s debate, said the questions from CNBC’s moderators “became irritating” as the night wore on.
“I think the bigger frustration you saw is that all those candidates onstage had prepared for a substantive debate. Everyone was ready to talk about trade policy and the debt and tax policies,” Rubio said on Fox News. “And we’re ready for that, everybody was. And then, you got questions that everyone got, which were clearly designed to get us to fight against each other or get us to say something embarrassing about us and then get us to react.” Via politico.com
3. Debate moderators had their own agenda