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.
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