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Topic - John Ryder
EXCLUSIVE: While Republicans talked publicly about gaining more control over their presidential debates, a panel of Republican National Committee members conferred in secret for months to create rules and penalties that would ensure 2016 candidates toed the line, according to interviews and internal emails reviewed by The Washington Times.
Once again attempting to achieve the impossible for a single party in a two-party system, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus did his best at the RNC's summer meeting here to show respect for the many competing strains of thought in his party.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour startled Republican officials from around the country with a blunt admonition Wednesday: Raise enough money to carry your state for the GOP in 2012 — or get out of the way and let someone else lead.
Mr. Ryder, an RNC member from Tennessee, said the ban was part of the effort, taking shape behind the scenes for more than a year, to end what the GOP regards as the practice by CNN and NBC (as well as the other major networks) of fielding debate moderators who ask what the RNC considers as silly "gotcha" questions that play to a liberal audience.
"The networks can exercise their freedom of speech; the RNC can exercise its freedom of association — or disassociation," Mr. Ryder said of the ban, adding that "Boston was not the destination, but the start of the journey" on the pathway to the GOP taking control of its own presidential primary process.