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“The Party is going to have a greater say in our Republican primary debates,” Spicer said of the change at the meeting in Memphis. “For too long it has been the media that decided when we were going to debate, who was going to be in the debates, what questions we’re going to ask, what subjects were going to be covered … Frankly as we all know, the liberal media does not have the interests of the Republican Party at hand.”
As for who might be involved in the Republican presidential nomination debate process, Spicer cited Breitbart among a handful of other conservative outlets as possibilities.
“This has nothing to do with tough questions,” Spicer insisted. “Anyone who has not listened to your show, or read Breitbart, or The Daily Caller knows the conservative media is a heck of a lot tougher than the mainstream media with their focus on the issues that matter to conservatives and grassroots activists as opposed to just the left-wing liberals out there. And so one of the things we recognized is they have a voice in this process. And so we need to get people from NewsMax, people from The Daily Caller, people from the Washington Examiner, people from Breitbart, Townhall.com, National Review – legitimate conservative journalists to have a voice in questioning the candidates for the nomination.”
“The media class is the wall that we have to climb over for our voices to be heard. Once our voices are heard, then democracy will happen.”