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-- -- -- back patting the Republican National Committee has issued a bold ultimatum for both NBC and CNN threatening a GOP boycott of any primary debate.
Hosted by either network in 2016.
Now this threat stems from.
CNN's announcement about the production of a documentary exploring the public and private life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As well as NBC's announcement that it would also promote the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
In its own four hour miniseries.
On the former secretary of state.
-- earlier today CNN responded to the RNC's concern riding in part quote.
Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is -- need for very early stages of development.
And months from completion we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee.
To reserve judgment until they know more right here -- to explain his side of the story.
Republican National Committee chairman -- pretty much more.
But the -- thanks for being here.
And it thanks John I.
How -- Certain -- you that this will be a love letter to Hillary.
It doesn't matter.
Amend the fact of the matter is you've get to networks that are potentially spending millions of dollars promoting a person that they know is at least.
Doing the dance and getting ready for a run for president.
And I think it's just about at a time that our party stands up.
And protects the party and our candidates from networks that are not in the business.
Of promoting our party they're not in the business of promoting our candidates they're not in the business of doing anything but promoting.
The Democratic Party.
And I'm not gonna sit around and watch this happen any more so but.
And -- an -- and a couple years ago we had a 23 debate traveling circus and I think it's about time that we cut out.
Those people that are actually spending their time and money promoting our opponents I'm not gonna sit around and let it happen anymore that's all I'm saying let you know -- do it -- You say that I -- I can say no.
Yeah because they are already the democratic candidates live or will they do -- debate on fox.
I tend to doubt it right.
Well -- in fact that in fact -- that Democrats actually banned fox from the debates.
When Hillary and Obama were debating each other you might remember.
And remember the outrage.
What the Citizens United.
The Citizens United film when they went forward and all the liberals were up in arms about Citizens United aware -- they now.
-- in the fact that.
These folks including many people that are at NBC one of which is a major ball handler for Barack Obama would be surprised.
-- we would actually exercise our own right.
To filter who'll actually opposes our candidates and who doesn't.
I think I'm being very reasonable here.
Not look I believe what I saw on 2012 correct me -- any -- we think that might be wrong.
12012 -- -- he -- liberal networks with the Republican primary candidates.
Pitting one against the other.
Asking wedge question issues that they would later be used by the democratic candidate in this case against Mitt Romney -- wrong.
-- you're you're absolutely right and part of our problem too is that we need to control of debates the party needs to control the debates.
And we need to make sure that we've got rules in place that put Florida debate with a reasonable amount.
A form of the reasonable amount of debates -- -- candidates can have reasonable exchanges.
At the problem we have now is we've got a bunch of moderator soared in the business of making news at the expense of our party and our candidates and we can't do it anymore.
It's not an establishment take over this is -- this is using your brain and controlling the brand of your party and that's that we need to do -- I can't tell me I thought did you think there is some of these debates that.
That it was the the question there is that wanted to be the stars they want answers -- modify what the candidates.
Well that's -- -- and they push these candidates in the positions in and -- end ridiculous hypotheticals.
That are never going to be a reality all they do is is have a slice and dice each other for.
An entire year and my point is this you know we have to control.
The referees that were bringing into our playground.
And right now I don't I can't trust.
Two organizations that are willing to spend millions of their own dollars in promoting a candidate that they know is gearing up to run for president.
If it's no big deal and it's just sort of this even handed review of Hillary Clinton.
Fine then just wait two years and when she doesn't run for president then move forward with your documentary nothing's going to change Hillary will be here for -- -- of years for us to produce.
Movies and documentaries about Hillary Clinton that's all.
You think it was a mistake so allow old war.
So many debates.
And to allow the candidates to debate on networks that you know have a liberal bias.
Here's the problems and yet and the answer is yes but for the first time in the history of our party.
The Republican National Committee has rule making authority.
Now and we can tie the debate calendar we can tie who the moderator is are going to be to the nomination for president.
In our rule book we couldn't do that before.
And so now we can say here is going to be the debate calendar here is who the moderator they're going to be.
Here the debate partners and to the candidates you can participate in these debates.
But if you participate in debates other than the ones that are on the calendar well then there's going to be penalties.
Part of our problem before is that when you have to you know 1220.
People running for president if eleven people raise their hand.
To any two hour debate offers.
Then guess what you've got a debate every two weeks and that's an unhealthy thing.
For our party so.
We're doing a couple things we're getting a hold of the debate -- number one but number two we're also going to get a hold of who the moderator is of these debates are.
And I think it's about time if there's any criticism I think for our party.
It's -- why did you wait so long and -- that I say good point.
But we're addressing it and we're starting right now at CNN and NBC sounds very Smart whereas previous.
Good bye you know I'd like to -- town -- -- like when the people that to ask questions.
And and -- the candidates get to debate each other it's not about whoever is moderate in my in my humble opinion.
So I think Lincoln Douglas debates are another good option -- that I do a few of those as well that is a great idea all right -- previously surveillance.
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