Trying to lessen the chances that a divisive primary damages its 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican National Committee announced Friday that it would hold a limited series of debates during the primary season.
Nine debates have been approved between August of this year and March 1, 2016, with the first taking place in Ohio, the party announced at its winter meeting in Coronado. The California debate will be held in September at the
“By constructing and instituting a sound debate process, it will allow candidates to bring their ideas and visions to Americans in a timely and efficient way,” said RNC chairman
Any candidate or media host who participates in a debate not sanctioned by the RNC would be forbidden from taking part in any sanctioned debates.
Since the party's last presidential nominee,