The Iowa caucus is only five days away from the Jan. 10 debate, according to the New York Times, while the New Hampshire primary is two days away from the Jan. 21 debate.
Politico reports that the Republican National Committee, which approved the previous four debates we saw, has not approved the current ones. The publication reports that campaigns have expressed dissatisfaction with an RNC regulation that prohibits candidates from participating in future approved debates if they participate in an unapproved one. However, rumors have it that the RNC will meet on Friday to perhaps repeal this rule.
Politico examined CNN’s requirements and found that former President Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley meet the qualifications for the Iowa debate, but only Trump and Haley have so far for the New Hampshire debate. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy could still qualify for both debates.
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Though there seems to be some uncertainty over the school serving as a debate location twice, the AP notes that a third debate is also in the works, scheduled for January 18 and hosted by ABC News and WMUR at St. Anselm College. Regarding the CNN debate on January 21, Neil Levesque, executive director of the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, states, “I have no idea about anything with any other network.”
While the recent disputes may come as a surprise to some, the following is not: According to a campaign advisor for Trump, the front-runner in the GOP contest, the former commander in chief has no intention of attending any of them, according to the Times.