The fourth Republican presidential debate will allow candidates more time to answer questions but will not include opening statements, the New York Times reported Friday, as the fallout from CNBC’s debate continued.
According to an internal Fox Business Network memo obtained by the Times, candidates will have 90 seconds to give an initial answer, 60 seconds for a rebuttal, and 30 seconds to give a closing statement during the debate.
The format of the Republican debates has been an ongoing source of controversy. FBN confirmed the details in the memo to the Times before the dust from CNBC’s Wednesday debate had settled. Candidates had charged this week’s debate was pointedly biased and antagonistic.
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus said Friday the party has suspended plans to partner with NBC News for a February debate. Frustrated with the national party, representatives from the campaigns have planned a Sunday meeting in Washington without the RNC to discuss next steps.
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