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The Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a stern warning on Friday, stating that candidates participating in the Family Leader Foundation’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” will be barred from future RNC-sanctioned presidential debates.
The RNC views this event, scheduled for next Friday and described as a “moderated, friendly and open discussion” about issues crucial to evangelical Americans, as an unsanctioned debate.
The Family Leader Foundation has confirmed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy are set to attend their event. Invitations were also extended to former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Trump. The event’s website, which does not specify the attendees, mentions that candidates will engage with voters in “hospitality rooms” following the moderated panel.
This conflict with the Family Leader Foundation is not the RNC’s first intervention in potential debates. Previously, Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie canceled a planned television debate after facing similar threats from the RNC, opting instead for separate appearances on a Fox News broadcast the same evening.