Reports about conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity potentially moderating 2016 GOP primary debates are premature, an official at the Republican National Committee told TheBlaze. But the notion wasn't flatly denied, either.
Asked whether either of the hosts are seriously being considered as moderators, the official said it's "too early" to discuss any possible moderators but that the RNC would be taking steps to harness more control in the debate process.
A post-2012 election report commissioned by the RNC and published in March said the RNC would like to shorten the number of presidential primary debates. Further, the RNC will meet in Boston Friday to vote on a resolution to boycott CNN and NBC News from participating in the debates. The vote is in response to planned upcoming specials from both outlets based on the life of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that the RNC is "considering other choices [for moderators outside of the mainstream media], even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin." The report was attributed to unnamed "GOP insiders."
Limbaugh cheekily weighed in on the rumor on his radio show Thursday. "I don't see how I can do it," he said. "I'm too famous."