Thursday, July 23, 2015

How the RNC could have narrowed the debate pool and boxed in Trump on a third party run

It is probably too late to change the rules and do it now, but why didn't the RNC make, as a condition of participating in the GOP primary debates, a public disavowal of running for president as an Independent or third party candidate? That would have forced Trump to either rule out a third party candidacy, or be excluded from the debates (which would suggest he is not a serious candidate). The GOP needs to winnow down the debate participants anyway. Am I the only one to think of this?

(I understand that Trump could have disavowed a third party candidacy to get into the debates and then "changed his mind" later on. But that flip-flop would hurt Trump, even if it didn't get rid of him entirely)