July 7th, 2008
06:37 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain campaign gets new political director

Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's presidential campaign.

Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's presidential campaign.

(CNN) – In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's political organization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director, a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

Until last week, McCain had no political director at headquarters - highly unusual for a general election campaign. Mccain's campaign instead relied on 11 regional campaign managers - a structure many Republicans in and outside of the McCain campaign, including Schmidt, considered unworkable.

After formally taking control of the political operation last week, Schmidt decided to put a political director in place to oversee the state and regional operations.

Duhaime went to work as an adviser to McCain at headquarters not long after Giuliani dropped his primary bid.

Filed under: John McCain • Race to '08
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Proud American

    Loser for a loser. McCain knows how to pick'em. A guy that got Giuliani real far. What a joke.

    July 7, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  2. jovie

    who cares?

    July 7, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  3. Prince

    it gets worst and worst till we see the fact that Mccain has got nothing to change except his policy George Bush/John Mccain

    what is next.?

    I'm really worry about the mistake we made in 2000 and 2004 our nation has elected as president Bush. who we are... is how we think.

    think again

    July 7, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  4. bill for barack

    I hope he does as well for John as he did for Rudy.
    They're equally well-qualified to be president. NOT.

    July 7, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  5. Foreign observer

    These guys are not know for taking the truth very seriously !

    July 7, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  6. Truth Squad..?

    Flip-Flopping yet again McSame? tsk tsk tsk....

    July 7, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  7. Hate to break it to you

    Further proof that he's not ready. At least have your campaign in some working order. Makes it appear bad against Obama who seems to have his campaign in top shape. Get with it McCain if your planning on being President, which I doubt.

    Obama 08

    July 7, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. Allen from Hartwell, GA

    With luck, McCain will enjoy the same success as Duhaime's last presidentail candidate!

    July 7, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  9. R- U- AWARE!!!

    CNN) – In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's politicalorganization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager,....Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director............A strategy for winning .........also includes Karl Rove,Mr Black and other Scumbags........Attack! Attack !....becareful it may comeback to Haunt You!!!

    July 7, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. Jeff

    Yes, hire the losers. Good strategy.

    July 7, 2008 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. EMJ

    I swear if this had happened in the Obama camp it would be front page news and commentors would start saying his campaign is in serious trouble. WHERE IS THE VETTING OF JOHN MCCAIN????

    July 7, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. Foreign Observer

    Excellent. Let's hope he'll do as well for McCain as he did for Rudy.

    July 7, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Is this indicative of the haphazard way he would set up his White House team were he to enjoy a miracle and actually win?

    July 7, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  14. Candy West Virginia

    He has had more campaign shake ups than Hillary which is saying alot. This man can't even manage his own campaign and he wants to run our country?

    July 7, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  15. Judgement over Experience

    So much for that old experience theory, mcwar can't even run his campaign, no way would I trust him to run my country. Obama has run a brilliant campaign and managed it expertly.

    July 7, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  16. Ann

    Changing the duties of the officers on the Titantic won't matter.

    July 7, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. JIM...TX

    This should REALLY help McSames campaign:) DuHaime didn't do much for Giuliani. Makes you wonder where the good Republican campaigners are. Dumb me! There aren't any:)

    July 7, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. Dave, Houston, TX

    Great news for Obama!

    Now McCain is going to spend all his time in Florida talking about 9/11!

    Hiring people from the brilliant Giuliani campaign? What, were the Duncan Hunter people busy? Hahaha!

    July 7, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. jason

    Ah! Flip-flop!

    Although, I do wonder whether these guys are selected on their ability to defend their positions, or if they are selected based on their ability to claim their opponent is "flip-flopping," in any vaguely correct sense of the term.

    Of course, with this media, i suppose these are the same attributes...

    July 7, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  20. Bulldog

    "I will oppose any tax breaks or good deals for the gas and oil industry also."

    –John McCain at a town hall meeting in Rindge, NH, 11/18/07

    So where's that Straight Talk Express now? Now he says he will give the oil companies a $4 billion tax break.

    Just a small example of what you get with John McCon.

    July 7, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    That's right! Keep re-aranging the deck chairs on the Titannic!

    July 7, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. carlo

    Okay, this is the guy we want at the controls for our country? He had four months jump start to get his campaign together, and he's just doing this? This guy can't even run a campaign? How anyone can call Obama Nobama baffles me. At least he has a structured campaign, whether you agree with him or not.

    July 7, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  23. saga4obama

    you mean to say that John McCain had 3 months on Barack Obama and he still could not get it right? i guess thats why McCain finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy, his bad judgment is probably a contributing factor to the 6 planes McCain crashed. i wonder if John has enough sense to throw his "Hispanic Outreach Director" Juan Hernandez under the bus like he is doing so many of the others who worked so hard to get him where he is, i mean Hernandaz proclaimed in his book: "the illegal alien invaders he urges to become settlers in the USA. Hernandez believes all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the USA should become dual citizens and consider themselves Mexicans first, "to the 8th generation." He believes there should be no border at all between Mexico and the USA, ever. "
    perhaps McCain can hire Vicki L. Iseman, she has had a great "working relationship with him in the past.
    or perhaps he can ask Feingold to help him again since: "His McCain-Feingold bill has destroyed much of the rights of people to take part in the political process the way they see fit. This bill remains unConstitutional and a major affront to the First Amendment protections on the right of free speech."
    when will people get the fact that John McCain is a puppet, a tool used by Big Oil and special interest groups?

    July 7, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. Tony

    He can replace people daily, but it won't help. He is an old madn with old ideas.

    July 7, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Charlotte

    I will write Hillary on my ballot in November...

    July 7, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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