Changes demanded by the Republicans in the way their debates were televised were mocked away by President Obama. It was further said by the President that they will not be able to deal with Russia and China properly if they cannot handle just a bunch of CNBC moderators.
It was then when President Obama was speaking at a fundraiser meeting for Democratic National Committee. This event was going on at Broadway’s Richard Rogers Theatre and later there were other musical performances. Later, a meeting was held between the Republicans who felt that the CNBC debate was organised to put the candidates against one another.
Later a three page letter requesting all candidates to get at least 30 seconds for their opening and closing statement was drafted. The letter also asked for permission to allow the candidates to get any graphics to be pre-approved. It also asked to disallow any lighting rounds.