Back in April, Bill Weld expressed his decision to run for President on the Republican Ticket. However, since the announcement on April 15th, he has not had any public moments of import. In addition, the RNC is not interested in holding any primary debates for the 2020 Republican Presidential primary. This does not seem to bode well for Bill Weld since debates do impact what people think about candidates:
The findings indicate that people do learn from debates and that learning is affected by the context in which the information is encountered. Specifically, early debates generate more learning than do subsequent debates, and the public tends to learn more about candidates with whom they are relatively unfamiliar than about better-known candidates.
Given that early debates help the publicity of lesser known candidates, and the Republican party has signaled a refusal for debates, how will lesser known major candidates like Bill Weld find an outlet for publicity?