DENVER - Donald Trump suggested online Thursday that Republicans should not take part in the CNBC debate, set to happen in Boulder later this month.
The leading Republican presidential candidate tweeted about a "ridiculous" debate setup three times.
"The GOP should not agree to the ridiculous debate terms that CNBC is asking unless there is a major benefit to the party," he started.
CNBC's debate, the party's third, is currently scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 28 at the Coors Event Center.
According to The New York Times, several campaigns are displeased because there is no set length for this debate. The format, as it stands now, will not feature opening and closing statements. The Times adds that Trump's campaign manager said in an email that CNBC never discussed this criteria with the candidates, and that CNBC would address solutions.
Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House has responded to the controversy, saying he hopes a solution will be found.
"The upcoming debate will be a great opportunity for the candidates to speak and be heard by Republican voters across Colorado and the nation. We hope the candidates and CNBC come together to find a solution to ensure we will have a successful debate on October 28."
The RNC did not comment to the Times. CNBC told them this has been the same format used in the past but these opinions would be considered.
“He’s calling the shots right now,” said University of Denver political scientist Seth Masket.
Masket says the demands by Trump are not unusual.
“That’s not completely out of the norm. Sometimes we’ve seen candidates do that sort of negotiation. Particularly the candidate who is a front runner or who is considered somewhat of a draw for the audience.”
“As a polling front runner, Donald Trump – he wants to protect his lead so he wants to choose a debate format that works best for him,” he said.
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As CNN reports, Trump and Ben Carson wrote a letter to CNBC saying anything longer than 120 minutes is out of the question. That network's last debate lasted three hours.
7NEWS' Marc Stewart reached out to the campaign himself but they declined to do an interview. He'll have a full report on Thursday at 10 on 7NEWS.