GOP to Nominate 2016 Candiate One Month Earlier

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

For some reason, the Republican Party wants to limit the amount of time its colorful cast of 2016 candidates has to attack each other on the national stage. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has said, “We’re not going to have a 23-debate circus,” and on Wednesday the committee announced its next convention will be held a month earlier. While candidates are usually nominated in late August or early September, in 2016 Republicans will gather in Cleveland from July 18 to 21. “The convention will be held significantly earlier than previous election cycles, allowing access to crucial general election funds earlier than ever before to give our nominee a strong advantage heading into Election Day,” Priebus explained. If anyone wants to fumble the name of a government agency or declare their support for Mars colonization, they’d better do it fast.