The Republican National Committee (RNC) has issued a stern warning to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy: if they dare to participate in a joint appearance on Fox News, they will be banned from any future RNC debates. This comes as a shock to many, as the two Republican presidential candidates were planning to sit down with Fox News host Bret Baier on “Special Report” to share their views with the American public.
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The RNC’s warning hinges on a pledge that candidates must sign when participating in an RNC debate. By signing this pledge, candidates agree to support the eventual Republican nominee and refrain from participating in any non-RNC sanctioned debates for the remainder of 2024. Failure to comply with these rules will result in exclusion from future RNC debates, as outlined in the pledge itself.
Both Christie and Ramaswamy expressed their disappointment and frustration with the RNC’s decision. Taking to social media, Christie emphasized the importance of open dialogue and the need for more debate and discussions, not less. He questioned the RNC’s motives, asserting that stifling conversations between candidates is cause for concern.
Ramaswamy echoed Christie’s sentiments, criticizing last week’s RNC debate and insinuating that the nomination process is rigged and brokered. He condemned the RNC for favoring backroom deals and phony debates that fail to offer primary voters a real choice. Ramaswamy accused the RNC of running a broken process and expressed his willingness to engage in open dialogue with Christie, regardless of their disagreements.
In response, an RNC spokesperson defended the organization’s decision, pointing out that all candidates had previously agreed not to participate in unsanctioned debates by signing the pledge. The spokesperson emphasized the RNC’s commitment to a fair and transparent debate process and refused to bow to pressure from candidates seeking to change the rules.
With the third RNC debate set to take place in Miami on November 8, former President Donald Trump has already announced that he will not be participating. In a statement by his senior advisors, they called for the cancelation of the third debate and all future debates, urging the RNC to focus on preventing Democratic efforts to steal the 2024 election. They argued that anything less would undermine grassroots concerns about voter integrity and prioritize helping Joe Biden over ensuring a safe and secure election.
In the midst of these clashes between candidates, advisors, and the RNC, it remains to be seen how the upcoming RNC debate will unfold and what impact it will have on the 2024 election.