Monday, May 11, 2015

RNC Snubs South Central In Debate Schedule

RNC Announces 9 Primary Debates

RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, announced 9 debate plans
From the RNC Website:
"...the RNC announced that it has sanctioned nine debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus presented a clear vision for the debate process, including the dates, locations and sponsors. 
  The RNC previously appointed a standing committee for presidential primary debates to sanction debates on behalf of the RNC. The committee chose to limit the number of debates, spread the debates across the country by sanctioning no more than one debate per state..."
1. Fox News
    August 2015
2. CNN
    September 2015
    October 2015
4. Fox Business
    November 2015
5. CNN
    December 2015
6. Fox News
    January 2016
7. ABC News
    February 2016
    New Hampshire
8. CBS News
    February 2016
    South Carolina
9. NBC/Telemundo
    February 2016 
  What remains both puzzling and irritating, is the rewarding of an untimely debate to the most egregious violator of RNC rules. Florida violated the RNC requirements in 2012 by awarding all of their delegates to a candidate who clearly did not receive the majority of the vote.
The RNC did make threats, in case RNC rules are violated...
 "All sanctioned debates listed are contingent on further negotiations with the media partners and any future violation of RNC could result in the debate being unsanctioned. "
  I'm sorry, Reince, but I really have a hard time believing your threats when you just gave Florida a special reward at the expense of the entire mid-south region.

Snubbing the South

  And the RNC further insulted the traditional south by moving the Florida debate just prior to the Super Tuesday southern regional primary. Texas votes on March 1st, along with about 10 other states who make their selection before the Florida primary date of March 15th. It makes no sense to call all the candidates off the campaign trail for a debate event in the far corner of the nation.
  Dallas would be a far better choice. Texas has the most delegates at stake. They followed the rules in 2012. they have several neighboring states also selecting a nominee prior to Florida's scheduled date. Telemundo is a partner in the late February debate. Texas has a far higher viewership of Telemundo than most any other state.
  No state south of Missouri (from Tennessee to Arizona), will have an RNC sanctioned debate event. It looks like an attempt to slightly curtail the impact of traditional southern voters and their important issues. This obviously helps Marco & Jeb. It clearly harms Ted & Rick. It will appear to make the alien amnesty issue favor Jeb Bush, rather than Rick Perry or Ted Cruz.

  There may be another opportunity for Florida to host a March debate. Here are the tentative events that are still in consideration...

Pending Debate options:
Fox News
    March 2016
    March 2016
Conservative Media Debate
    Date TBD
    Locations TBD

      Wisconsin got a debate event. When did they last select a Republican president? 32 years ago. I guess we'll chalk that up to 'voter outreach' in Mr Priebus' home state. 
 What can southerners do about this? We can let the RNC know that we do not support this Florida decision. Perhaps we can earmark our RNC contributions "for a 2016 February Presidential Debate in a Super Tuesday southern state". I believe that would require them to acquiesce, or return the donation.

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