Republicans Slash Presidential Debate Schedule For 2016

The first 2016 GOP presidential candidate debate is August 2015 in Ohio.

CORONADO, Calif. -- After suffering some 2012 debate fatigue when Republican candidates met to discuss issues more than two dozen times, the Republican National Committee announced today it would be restricting the number of debates in the 2016 election cycle to a total of just 12.

The RNC confirmed at its winter meeting in San Diego that there will definitely be nine debates, with the possibility for three more being added.

Each debate will be hosted by a TV news network in partnership with a conservative media panelist.

“Our goal has always been to have an element of conservatives,” in each debate, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.

Here is the current schedule of debates:

Fox News -- August 2015, Ohio