RNC Announces Debate Schedule
Sanctions 9 Debates between now and
March 1, 2016
First Debate to occur in August in Ohio

WASHINGTON – Today, at the Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting in San Diego, California, the RNC announced that it has sanctioned nine debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus presented a clear vision for the debate process, including the dates, locations and sponsors. 
The RNC previously appointed a standing committee for presidential primary debates to sanction debates on behalf of the RNC. The committee chose to limit the number of debates, spread the debates across the country by sanctioning no more than one debate per state, allocate the debates over the course of seven months, include a larger conservative media presence and allow campaigns to know and plan for the debate schedule early.  All of the sanctioned debates listed are contingent on further negotiations with the media partners and any future violation of RNC could result in the debate being unsanctioned. 
“The 2016 cycle is underway, and I can tell you it will be a landmark election for Republicans,” Chairman Priebus said. “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.  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.  It is exciting that Republicans will have such a large bench of candidates to choose from, and the sanctioned debate process ensures voters will have a chance to gain a chance to hear from them. The American people are tired of President Obama’s policies, and I am confident the debate process will enable candidates to communicate their ideas and ultimately help us elect a Republican president in 2016 to get our country back on track.”

 In the coming weeks and months the RNC and the broadcast partners will make additional announcements of conservative media partners and panelists.   
The nine debates sanctioned between schedule is listed below:

1. Fox News
    August 2015

2. CNN
    September 2015

    October 2015

4. Fox Business
    November 2015

5. CNN
    December 2015

6. Fox News
    January 2016

7. ABC News
    February 2016
    New Hampshire

8. CBS News
    February 2016
    South Carolina

9. NBC/Telemundo
    February 2016 


    Fox News
    March 2016

    March 2016

    Conservative Media Debate
    Date TBD
    Locations TBD