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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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Despite a few candidates' decisions to drop out of the GOP effort to change the format of upcoming presidential debates, some campaigns will still commit to the list of demands for networks drafted earlier this week.

The campaigns for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confirmed to The Hill that their candidates will sign the letter.

"Our issue is not the letter," Jindal spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told The Hill. "Our issue continues to be that the Party and the networks continue to try and winnow out candidates before the voters have a chance to weigh in. No matter who you are for, or what side you are on, that’s just wrong."

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President Obama on Monday night mocked the Republican candidates who complained heavily about the CNBC debate moderators and called for major changes to the debate format.

"Have you noticed that every one of these candidates say, 'Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out,'" Obama said. "And then it turns out, they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators."

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday night mocked the letter drafted by Republican presidential campaigns listing a series of rules and questions for networks hosting future debates.

After listing some of the demands, including that networks not allow lightning rounds or candidate-to-candidate questioning, Kelly jokingly suggested, "And then maybe the foot massage?"

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After Donald Trump's campaign on Monday rejected the letter to be sent to networks by his fellow Republican presidential candidates with demands for upcoming debates, a few additional Republican campaigns followed suit in declining to sign the letter.

The campaigns for Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters that they are not as concerned about the debates as their fellow candidates.

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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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This post has been updated.

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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