In The Wall Street Journal, RNC Chief Strategist and Communications Director Sean Spicer makes his case for changes in the GOP debate process.
"The fact that we have primary debates and a field larger than a stage can handle should surprise no one. ... Those who dispute the use of national polls as the basis of deciding who's onstage for the first two debates should keep in mind that networks may use different criteria for subsequent ones. ... Debates are not the be-all and end-all. They are just a part of the larger process. Mitt Romney did not participate in the first debate of the 2012 cycle, but he still went on to win the nomination. This system may not be perfect, but had the RNC not tried to improve the debate process, I can assure you that the debates would be neither this inclusive nor this orderly."