Posted: 2:18 pm Friday, January 16th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
Trying to better manage their party’s bid for the White House, Republican Party leaders set out plans for a series of GOP candidate debates, starting in August of 2015 in Ohio, the state where the GOP will hold its nominating convention in 2016.
“By constructing and instituting a sound debate process, it will allow candidates to bring their ideas and vision to Americans in a timely and efficient way,” said GOP chairman Reince Priebus, who had pushed hard to make sure the Republican Party – not various news organizations – controlled his party’s planning.
“This schedule ensures we will have a robust discussion among our candidates while also allowing the candidates to focus their time engaging with Republican voters,” Priebus said in a statement.
The exact dates and locations have not been finalized as yet; here is the basic list issued by the GOP:
August 2015 – Debate #1 in Ohio, sponsored by Fox News
September 2015 – #2 in California, sponsored by CNN
October 2015 – #3 in Colorado, sponsored by CNBC
November 2015 – #4 in Wisconsin, sponsored by Fox Business
December 2015 – #5 in Nevada, sponsored by CNN
January 2016 – #6 in Iowa, sponsored by Fox News
February 2016 – #7 in New Hampshire, sponsored by ABC News
February 2016 – #8 in South Carolina, sponsored by CBS News
February 2016 – #9 in Florida, sponsored by NBC/Telemundo
GOP officials also say Fox News and CNN will host debates in March 2016 in locations still to be determined.
There will also be a “Conservative Media Debate” included at some point as well.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.