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The announcement comes as the Republican National Committee is mulling a rule change that would release the GOP candidates from appearing in only RNC-sanctioned debates.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Keith Schipper made clear on X Thursday that the two CNN gatherings are 'not RNC sanctioned debates.'
While former President Donald Trump is expected to continue to be a no-show, at least two Republican presidential candidates have already expressed interest in participating.
'Looking forward to debating in Iowa,' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis posted to X, shortly after CNN's announcement was made.
A spokesperson for Vivek Ramaswamy told DailyMail.com that the 38-year-old entrepreneur was 'up for it.'
After Wednesday night's Republican National Committee-sanctioned debate there was a question of whether there would be more. On Thursday, CNN announced it would host debates in Iowa and New Hampshire in January
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of four GOP presidential hopefuls to appear onstage Wednesday, immediately responded on X that he was 'looking forward' to CNN's debate in Iowa
Unshackling the candidates from only participating in RNC-sanctioned debates could create a number of opportunities for the 2024 presidential hopefuls to debate one another as primary voting kicks off on January 15 with the Iowa caucuses.
The New Hampshire Republican Party was already preparing its own backup plan if no sanctioned debates were scheduled before the Granite State primary, The Messenger reported Tuesday.
'If the rules are suspended because the RNC is done doing debates, then we would do one,' Chris Ager, chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, told The Messenger, adding that he was 'very confident' that the state's ABC