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Republican candidates will only marginalize their party further if they continue to seek more favorable debate terms without the explicit direction of the Republican National Committee, the New York Times editorial board opined this week.

In response to CNBC's "weirdly hostile" primary debate last week, representatives from 13 GOP campaigns met with Ben Ginsburg, a Republican lawyer who has been acting as a go-between for the campaigns and the RNC, to produce a draft agreement that included 28 debate demands for TV networks.

The document, which is still being amended, and has yet to find a single Republican signatory, featured questions and recommendations regarding debate times, moderators' backgrounds and question format.

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