GOP wrestles with how to fit ballooning 2016 field on debate stage

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer said the party’s aim is to provide candidates with clear guidelines early in the process.

“While the networks ultimately will establish the criteria, our goal is to make sure that the criteria to get in the debate is known as soon as possible,” he said.

Fox News and CNN, which host the first two debates, declined to comment on what thresholds they will use.