The party informed the committee about the planned boycott. According to the newspaper, this could have serious consequences for the way debates are organized in the run-up to the presidential election.
Republicans and Democrats co-founded the debate committee in 1987 as a neutral body. But Republicans have been at odds with the committee for years on various issues. For example, former President Donald Trump thought debate leaders were biased.
Republicans must decide at a meeting in February whether the division will truly end. It remains unclear what such a decision might mean for future discussions. Before the commission was established, political parties had to negotiate directly the terms under which candidates would enter into public debates.