The GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity” report recommends that there be fewer Republican primary presidential debates in 2016, suggesting that the brutal process in 2012 was not helpful for Republicans.
“The number of debates has become ridiculous, and they’re taking candidates away from other important campaign activities,” the report states frankly, noting that there were 20 primary debates in the 2012 cycle and 21 primary debates in the 2008 cycle.
In the 2000 cycle there were only 13 debates.
The report recommends that the number of debates be cut in half and occurring no earlier than September 1, 2015.
Other recommendations suggest that the RNC announce a tighter debate schedule in advance and even penalize states who try to operate outside of the schedule.
The report also refers to an “intriguing” suggestion about forming a “debate organization” in charge of setting the debate stage instead of relying on the media.