RNC will require debate participants to support eventual nominee

The Republican National Committee is considering adding a second night to the first presidential primary debates occurring this August in Milwaukee. The first debate is scheduled for August 23rd with a potential second date of August 24th if enough candidates meet the the polling criteria, fundraising criteria, commit to supporting the eventual Republican nominee, and pledge not to participate in any outside debates. The new standards are designed to prevent the more free form, “circus like,” debates that resulted from the high number of candidates in the 2016 Republican primaries.

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