The Republican presidential-debate demands are falling apart


The podiums for (L to R) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ben Carson are lined up in the center of the stage for tomorrow's Republican presidential candidate debate in Boulder, Colorado October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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The Republican Party's attempts at collective bargaining for changes in future debates have fallen apart, less than a day after they began.


After last week's presidential debate on CNBC sparked cries that the it was full of "gotcha" questions and supposed liberal bias from moderators, representatives from the Republican campaigns met to create a set of terms for future presidential debates.

Less than a day after the meeting, Donald Trump's campaign announced that it was opting out of the agreement and would carry out its network negotiations independently. Shortly after, the campaigns of John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Carly Fiorina announced that they do not intend to sign the debate agreement, according to CNN.

A campaign staffer told CNN that the candidates leaving the agreement makes the weekend's negotiations "a total waste of time" because "it only works if everybody signs it."

The now defunct terms reportedly included bypassing the Republican National Committee in coordinating with network hosts, minimum lengths for mandatory opening and closing statements, an equal number of questions for the candidates, preapproval of on-screen graphics, and a ban on "lightning rounds."