If you thought the last Republican debate went on a bit too long, you’re not alone. The two GOP frontrunners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have teamed up to demand the network limit the time for the upcoming CNBC debate.
As Breitbart reports:
The two frontrunners of the Republican presidential race are threatening to boycott the upcoming CNBC presidential debate if the network doesn’t limit the time for the candidates to be on stage.
In a joint letter to CNBC, Donald Trump and Ben Carson indicated that they would only agree to a 120 minute debate (including commercials) with time for opening and closing statements.
“To be clear, neither of our campaigns agreed to either the length you propose or your ban on opening and closing statements,” the letter read. “In fact, neither of our campaigns were even consulted.”
“Neither of those conditions are acceptable. Neither Mr. Trump or Dr. Carson will participate in your debate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include opening and closing statements,” the signed letter, published by NBC, read.
Earlier today, campaign aides for Donald Trump floated the suggestion that the billionaire presidential candidate might refuse to appear at the upcoming CNBC debate if they don’t specify their criteria.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski signaled that Trump was unhappy with the length of the three-hour CNN debate and wanted them to identify the time candidates would be on stage.
“’For us it was imperative that the time be changed to 120 minutes’ for the length of the debate,” he said to the New York Times. “Mr. Trump had been unhappy with the nearly three-hour length of the CNN debate that Republicans recently took part in.”
Lewandowski said that CNBC never discussed the debate criteria but rather sent a memo informing them how it would be.
Speaking to the Times, Lewandowski called for the debate criteria to be laid out in detail for all the candidates.
“Until we have this criteria specifically laid out, it is difficult to participate,” he warned.
What’s really great about this is that GOP candidates are standing up and taking an active role in how the debates are run — not ceding complete power to the liberal media, as is too often the case. Clearly, Donald Trump and Ben Carson know they have real power in this situation, given their audience draw.
And haven’t we all had quite enough of the liberal media wielding the power in how our candidates are presented to the American people?
Kudos to Trump and Carson for — once again — leading the charge to upend politics as usual. And, yes, that most certainly includes the liberal media.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]