|RNC Chairman Reince Priebus|
Here is the change, that hasn't been mentioned that I think the RNC should take. While all candidates are individuals who think they are the best person for the job, they must also realize they are part of the team-the GOP team. Each candidate running must not only want themselves to win, not just the nomination but also the presidency, but they must want the GOP to win the presidency, no matter who the candidate is.
So, I propose that every candidate to be eligible to participate in the primary debates must not only meet a minimum polling level to participate [after a couple of the debates] but every candidate must pledge in writing that they will support the eventual GOP nominee for president in 2016. I think it is a reasonable requirement to participate in the GOP debates, the people running must actually support the GOP and not just themselves.
I don't want anymore Ron Paul's [a de facto libertarian even though a de jure Republican] or John Huntsman's [an independent not totally committed to the GOP] or [if he would have participated] Donald Trump's [only a member of the Donald Trump party] to participate in the 2016 GOP primary debates. If any GOP hopeful can't commit to supporting the eventual candidate, no matter who it is, then they should not be allowed to participate in the GOP debates.
|GOP candidates before one of the 2012 primary debates|
I think all the candidates mentioned that are possibilities to run would sign such a pledge before any of the debates begin. So, then it will not be a problem. The only two who possibly might not agree to sign such a pledge, in my opinion, are Rand Paul and Chris Christie. To me, if they agree to support the nominee ahead of time, they are in the debates; if they do not agree, for whatever reason, they are out.
I, as a strong conservative Republican, have some favorites and some I would hope do not win the nomination. But I will pledge right now, that I will support our [GOP] nominee whoever it is, even if it is someone I do not want. I am a conservative and I am a Republican. The Republicans must win the presidential election in 2016. With the disaster of president Obama and Obamacare, this may be the last chance to save our country. The candidate on the Democrat side is likely to be Hillary Clinton. For anyone on our side to even pause about supporting our candidate over Hillary Clinton should not be on the stage with the other legitimate GOP candidates.