Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Former Florida Jeb Bush on Monday called for the Republican National Committee to still hold the February Republican presidential debate with Spanish-language network Telemundo even though the committee suspended its partnership with NBC News.

"We should have the debate," Bush, who speaks Spanish, told reporters on Monday, according to the Miami Herald. "I think we ought to have a Telemundo debate, or a Hispanic debate. It happened four years ago. Telemundo's not part of the problem of CNBC. They (CNBC) just didn't keep their word."

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The Republican presidential candidates have finalized a long list of demands and questions for networks hosting debates going forward, according to a copy of a letter obtain by the Washington Post.

In the letter, the candidates demanded that networks communicate with candidates directly (as opposed to the Republican National Committee) and that the networks hold a conference call with candidates about the debate format at least a month before the debate. The candidates would then be able to determine whether they wish to participate in the debate.

The campaigns demanded that the debates include 30-second opening and closing statements, and asked that the networks nix lightning rounds and submit graphics with biographical details about the candidates to the campaigns for approval. The candidates also asked that the moderators ask the same number of questions to each candidate and refrain from "gotcha" questions.

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Carly Fiorina will return to ABC's "The View" on Friday after the show's hosts mocked her smile during the last debate, describing her face as a "demented" Halloween mask last week.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of "Fox and Friends" and former host at "The View," on Friday blasted the hosts' "faux feminism" and challenged the ABC show to have Fiorina back on the show.

And the Republican presidential candidate told "Fox and Friends" on Monday that she would appear on "The View" this week.

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday morning said that the committee still has control over the Republican presidential debate process despite reports that the Republican campaigns want to reduce the RNC's role.

On ABC's "Good Morning America," co-host George Stephanopoulos asked Priebus if the RNC was losing control over the debates, citing the candidates' Sunday meeting to propose changes to the debate formats.

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During a meeting near Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, representatives from numerous Republican presidential campaigns agreed that the Republican National Committee's involvement in debate process should be minimized, allowing campaigns to work with television networks directly, according to numerous reports.

Campaigns produced a list of demands for future debates including 30-second opening and closing statements, "parity and integrity" on questions, nixing lightning rounds, and pre-approval of graphics used during the debate, according to the New York Times.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday morning chided his fellow Republican presidential candidates who are complaining about the CNBC debate and pushing for format changes going forward.

"The moderators didn’t control the debate. They did an awful job. Their bias was showing, and it was despicable," he said on "Fox and Friends." "Now, that being said, if you’re running for President of the United States and you can’t handle yourself against three CNBC moderators without, you know, crying foul and calling for intervention, then you’re not gonna do very well against Vladimir Putin either. So I’m not going to complain about it."

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Paul Singer, a billionaire and influential Republican donor, decided to throw his support behind Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) presidential campaign on Friday in a blow to other establishment Republican candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the New York Times reported.

Singer sent a letter to other GOP donors announcing his decision, describing Rubio as a "responsible policymaker" with "youth and vigor."

"Senator Rubio does not shy away from tough competition, which will matter
given the brutal campaigns that will be waged against the Republican nominee by Secretary Clinton," he wrote. "In a field full of promise, but also of risk for the party, Senator Rubio is the strongest choice."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Saturday dismissed his fellow Republican presidential candidates' complaints about the CNBC debate and said that he will continue to participate in the debates no matter what.

"In the third debate, they asked me a lot of questions and I didn't feel anything was below the belt," he told CNN. "I don't want to spend my time talking about the process of the debate. However they set it, I'll show up and do the best I can to let people know who I am. So it's just not something I'm focused on."

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John Oliver, comedian and host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" on Friday said that he's not at all interested in having Donald Trump on his show.

"I don’t really care about him in any capacity," he said on CBS' "This Morning." "I don’t really have anything to say to him."

Oliver explained that an interview with Trump would not yield anything new about the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate.

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