Is Rush Limbaugh 'Too Famous' to Moderate GOP Debates?

Jeffrey Meyer
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 20, 2013 | 9:47 AM EDT

Don't expect the king of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh to be moderating the next GOP presidential debate anytime soon. According to El Rushbo, he's "too famous" and would "overshadow" the actual candidates for 2016, so he probably won't be questioning Republicans soon.

Limbaugh's comments come following RNC Chairman Reince Preibus' announcement that the party will be boycotting any future debates moderated by NBC and CNN due to their involvement in planned Hillary Clinton documentaries/miniseries.

Speaking on August 15, Limbaugh said that conservatives like Cal Thomas have been pushing himself, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin to take up the mantle of debate moderator rather than having liberals like Chuck Todd or former Bill Clinton Press Secretary George Stephanopoulos narrate future Republican debates.

Despite expressing reservations about the new gig, Limbaugh admitted that "it could get ratings" but insisted he would never moderate a GOP debate on television. Combined, Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin average more than 30 million weekly listeners. Compare that to the 4.7 million people that watched the last Republican debate in 2012 and a GOP radio debate might not be such a bad idea.

Following the 2012 election, the GOP issued its Growth and Opportunity Project report which among numerous suggestions, recommended shortening the GOP debate schedule, but bringing in actual conservative moderators like Limbaugh and Hannity might be a fresh, new change for actual conservatives.

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