Republican Presidential Candidates to Lay Out Demands for Future Debates

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The podiums, all lined up for the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Republican presidential candidates are not pleased with the current state of debates and are looking to take more control of what happens on stage, according to numerous media reports on Monday.

On Sunday evening, candidates met as planned to discuss how to exert more control. Though Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus took issue with CNBC's handling of the most recent debate, candidates are hoping to break from the RNC in the debate planning process. The RNC was not involved in Sunday's candidates' meeting.

According to a draft of their demands to media outlets hosting the debates, which was obtained by political reporter Dave Weigel, the Republicans aim to have potential hosts answer these questions in advance:

What is your proposed length of the debate?

Will there be opening and closing statements. How long will they be?

Will you commit to provide equal time/an equal number of questions to each candidate?

How long are the answers and rebuttals?

What type of microphones?

Can you pledge that the temperature in the hall be kept below 67 degrees?

Will you commit that you will not:

  • Ask the candidates to raise their hands to answer a question
  • Ask yes/no questions without time to provide a substantive answer
  • Allow candidate-to-candidate questioning
  • Allow props or pledges by the candidates
  • Have reaction shots of members of the audience or moderators during debates
  • Show an empty podium after a break (describe how far away the bathrooms are)
  • Use behind shots of the candidates showing their notes
  • Leave microphones on during breaks
  • Allow members of the audience to wear political messages (shirts, buttons, signs, etc.) Who enforces?

The plan is to present the demands to the networks within two days, the Times reported.

"What we have seen is a significant lack of information from the networks, so the goal is, let's give the campaigns as much information as possible, so they can be prepared for the debates," Corey Lewandowski Donald Trump's campaign manager, told The New York Times of the candidates' demands.

Though the numerous candidates can agree they were unhappy with how CNBC handled the last debate, they don't entirely agree on how to handle future debates. While Jeb Bush is hoping that Telemundo hosts a debate in February, Trump's campaign is threatening to boycott such an event.

The four candidates in the "kiddie-table" debate are hoping for equal speaking time, an issue of little concern to those doing well in the polls. According to the Times, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal have suggested hosting two debates, each an hour and a half long and each with seven randomly selected candidates participating.

"It's really hard to get 15 people to agree to a particular format. But I would hope, from the Carson campaign's perspective, that they could be a little more creative than they have been," Ben Carson's campaign manager, Barry Bennett, told NBC News. "A couple of us are the ones that are generating the ratings for these debates—if we don't come, that's a big bargaining chip."

Though this list of demands may unsettle future debates, Fox Business is hosting a debate just eight days from now and it likely won't be affected by the candidates' wishes.