The RNC Is Going With Only Nine Debates This Time

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January 16, 2015 2:30 p.m.

The Republican National Committee on Friday announced nine presidential primary debates with three more possible for the 2016 cycle.

The announcement came Friday during the RNC’s winter meeting in San Diego, California. Just one debate per state was sanctioned, fewer than the more than 27 debates held during the 2012 cycle.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had previously vowed to cut down the number of debates in the next cycle.

“I think a traveling circus of debates is insanity in this party,” Priebus said in March. “We’re proposing to have fewer than 10, and this time around, we’re going to pick the moderators.”

Below is the list of debates, including three that were pending when the RNC announced the schedule:

1. Fox News
August 2015
Ohio

2. CNN
September 2015
California

3. CNBC
October 2015
Colorado

4. Fox Business
November 2015
Wisconsin

5. CNN
December 2015
Nevada

6. Fox News
January 2016
Iowa

7. ABC News
February 2016
New Hampshire

8. CBS News
February 2016
South Carolina

9. NBC/Telemundo
February 2016
Florida

PENDING

Fox News
March 2016
TBD

CNN
March 2016
TBD

Conservative Media Debate
Date TBD
Locations TBD

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