-- To debate, or how not to debate – that is the question.
The Republican presidential campaigns are struggling to agree on changes to the structure of future primary debates. At a meeting over the weekend, aides for the campaigns appeared to reach consensus and outlined their list of demands and questions in a letter to TV networks. Now that consensus seems to be crumbling.
Trump and his campaign manager said they plan to negotiate their preferred terms for future debates directly with the hosting networks, opting out of the collected effort of his fellow candidates.
"We’re being asked very rude questions, many of them directed at me,” Trump added. “I just want to have a debate. I want to answer tough questions.”
Among the demands outlined in the draft letter were abolishing lightening rounds of questioning by moderators. Another request is to keep the debate venue’s temperature a breezy 67 degrees.
"We have consistently and successfully discussed our concerns with the networks and the voters -- and not behind closed doors like the political class seems to like to do," Flores wrote. "We do not care whether it's 67 degrees or our green room isn't as plush as another candidate."
In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Christie lashed out at demands being asked by his fellow candidates.
“Stop complaining,” Christie said. “Do me a favor, set up a stage, put podiums up there and let's just go. Ok?"