Ronna McDaniel willing to debate challengers, but only in front of RNC members

Embattled Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who is fighting off challengers to her leadership after a third disastrous election cycle, is refusing to engage in a public debate with other candidates, instead saying that she will only consent to an exchange of ideas in private before the RNC’s 168 members.

Mitt Romney’s niece remains insistent on ducking the blame for the midterm election debacle in which the backlash against deeply unpopular President Joe Biden and his ruinous policies were widely predicted to bring a “red wave” that would sweep the Democratic party out of power only to fail to materialize with the GOP only managing to eke out a razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.

McDaniel appeared on the “War Room” podcast on Friday where she discussed the opposition to her continued reign over the RNC and her willingness to debate challengers Mike Lindell of My Pillow and attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon, both of whom have called for a change at the top of the RNC if a fourth consecutive electoral catastrophe is to be averted.

Asked by host Steve Bannon about whether she would be open to engaging in a debate with Lindell and Dhillon, McDaniel said that she would be open to the idea but only within a limited environment with an audience solely comprised of the members of an organization that she currently controls.

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“Would you be open with the 168 or a broader audience in a town hall, would you be open to having Harmeet and Mike Lindell the two people that have thrown their hat in the ring to do a Q&A to do it like a debate and to defend your record of accomplishments?” Bannon asked.

“I’m always happy to talk to the 168. I’m always open to talk to the 168,” replied McDaniel. “So, I’m talking to them every single day.”

Bannon followed up, “To get it clear would you be open to doing it in a more public forum?”

She responded, “I’m interested in doing things in front of the 168 that is what I’m interested in.”

Former President Donald J. Trump who has already announced that he’s running for the White House again in 2024 and therefore has a real dog in the fight declined to pick a favorite.

In an exclusive interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart, the nation’s 45th president spoke well of both McDaniel and Dhillon when asked who he may be pulling for.

“I think they’re both good,” he said. “I like them both.”

“It’s like when I asked Queen Elizabeth when we were together: ‘Which president did you like the best?’ She said: ‘I liked them all.’ ‘Which one did you like the best?’ ‘I liked them all. They’re all great.’ I said, ‘But didn’t you like Ronald Reagan the best?’ She said: ‘No I liked them all. I liked Ronald Reagan very much, but I liked them all.’ Then I said: ‘Which prime minister did you like the best? Was it Winston Churchill?’ ‘I like them all. I like every one.’ Then I realized how smart she was. I said, you know that’s why she stayed there for 75 years.’”

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