Paul Disagrees With RNC on Debates: ‘Fair Moderators on All Networks’

by Katrina Trinko

Rand Paul didn’t back the Republican National Committee’s decision to ban CNN and NBC from hosting GOP presidential debates if they go ahead with their plans to produce a documentary and a miniseries about Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t know exactly whether any kind of prohibition should be made on a network,” he tells National Review Online about the RNC decision. 

He suggested, however, that Republicans be careful about what network reporters and anchors be allowed to moderate debates. “I think that a Republican primary is for Republicans, and we’re trying to get to a Republican audience, so if there’s a presidential primary,  I think we ought to choose people who are going to be fair moderators,” Paul comments. “I’ve been with fair moderators on all the networks, so I don’t think it’s necessarily a network thing, but I think it is finding someone  who is not thought to be already agreed with the other side.”

Asked about whether he supported radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin moderating the GOP debates, Paul refused to comment. “My commenting on it might bias the whole situation somewhat,” he chuckles.

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