In response to recent rumors that the Republican National Committee was considering him to moderate upcoming GOP presidential debates, Rush Limbaugh declined on Thursday, saying he was “too famous.”
“I don’t see how I can do it. I’m too famous. This business about moderating Republican debates,” said Limbaugh during his radio show. “I think I’d over shadow it…It’d be a tough call. It’d be a real, real, real tough call. It could get ratings, I mean there’s no question about that. Anyway, it’s an idea that’s out there.”
Limbaugh went on to clarify that he would consider moderating if the debate were hosted for a conservative audience as opposed to network coverage.
According to the Washington Examiner, the rumors about the possibility of Limbaugh moderating the debates surfaced after Republican complaints that journalists targeted candidates with unfair questions during the 2012 debates. Two other moderator possibilities that have been discussed alongside Limbaugh are Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has threatened to pull the debates from NBC and CNN coverage should the networks choose to air programming about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Priebus said in an interview that the two networks were “not in the business of promoting our party,” and the threat to pull programming was an attempt to “control the referees.”