The Republican National Committee recently announced nine debates for those seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Three additional debates were also proposed.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus stated this was a course correction from the seemingly marathon debates in 2012. In 2012, Republican candidates had 20 debates. This created limited preparation time for most candidates, scheduling conflicts while campaigning, and diverted messaging away from the record of the Democrats. The new schedule and format will provide adequate time for candidates to hit the campaign trail, improved media coverage, and time to be ready for the debate.
The RNC has taken measures to assure candidates are positioned for success. The RNC has scheduled debates on several different television networks. Each network is in agreement with the format and expectations of the party. Debates will be on several networks, yet more debates will be on networks in which more Republican voters watch. For instance, Fox network will carry three debates. While ABC will carry only one, and MSNBC will not air a GOP debate.
As mentioned, there are nine confirmed Republican debates. There are three additional debates which have yet to be sanctioned by the RNC.
2015-16 Republican Presidential Candidate Debates
August, 2015 | Fox News in Ohio
September, 2015 | CNN in California
October, 2015 | CNBC in Colorado
November, 2015 | Fox Business in Wisconsin
December, 2015 | CNN in Nevada
January, 2016 | Fox News in Iowa
February, 2016 | ABC in New Hampshire
February, 2016 | CBS in South Carolina
February, 2016 | NBC in Florida
Pending 2016 GOP Debates
March, 2016 | Fox News
March, 2016 | CNN
Conservative media debate to be announced