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)

    Bradley In Colorado It won't work, McCain. I know what you're trying to do, and believe me, you won't find any good dirt on Obama. It's like the lyrics from one song: "Ride the tiger! You can see his stripes, but you know he's clean!"DITTO!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. John in Columbus Ohio

    Bailing water out of the boat with a sieve.

    July 7, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. IT'S been BLUE DAY!!!!

    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. ........WONDER-Y-


    July 7, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Rashawn the leftist like President Obama

    So is he going to tell McCain too that all he needs is Florida to win the elections?

    July 7, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. The Simpsons


    July 7, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Again? Exactly how long is it gonna take before the RNC realizes it is not the political director who needs replacing. It is the candidate!

    July 7, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. THE O

    You got the guy how got bush elected along with rove, we can already see that his policy's are just recycled bush policy's and this is the guy the republicans want in office? If the dems don't get are heads out of our backside we will see awhole new bush admin in the white house...



    July 7, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Turnabout is Fair Play

    It STILL won't help you..it's not the packaging that needs changing, it's the McPresent inside that needs to be regifted..

    July 7, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Doug

    Thus, a testimonial to McCain's attention-deficit-disorder style of decision-making.

    DuHaime....sounds French to me. Aren't they socialists? Don't Republicans denounce them as cowards and incompetents? What church does he attend? Does his wife use botox? Is she proud of her country...whatever that is? Does he have any experience? Is he too old? Too white? Is his middle name "Bin Laden"?

    We need to know these things. Otherwise, this election campaign could degenerate into a discussion of the issues and we can't be havin' that!

    July 7, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    He can centralize all he wants.

    Just as Obama has turned over his campaign to the "whiz-kids" of the DNC. The problem with both candidates isn't their appeal so much as their similarity regarding essential ideals of moderately conservative Americans regarding their government.

    More doesn't mean better!! You can change things without creating a new agency, department or program!!!
    Both are similar in that to date: no conversations nor agenda items exist addressing reigning in government growth, costs, duplicationm ir redundancy. Neither is willing to consider even small reductions in the armed services or foreign aid budgets–or meaningful changes to social security and human services programs.

    We are tired of paying ever increasing taxes that are funneled into untested but costly new programs–while they continue to ignore shoring up healthcare, social security, and infrastructure. BOTH candidates agree these needs require attention–but neither has the guts or vision to be a good chief executive and rechannel our tax dollars from other bloated or unecessary government agencies or departments. In the end they only differ by miniscule degrees. This is not the change we desire!!!

    July 7, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    Mcbush can add whoever he wants, he's still a senile, angry old man that will continue bush's policies for the next four years.

    July 7, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. dEMOBRAT

    That's okay, looks as though Obama is turning into the typical politician with his fancy play on words- who would have guessed!

    In the article below you can see some foot work, ON IRAQ,"If you look at our position, it's been very consistent. The notion that we have to get out carefully has been a consistent position," he said.

    Then Obama backs off the orginally strong statement above by saying this, "So a lot of these statements that I've made have been entirely consistent," Obama added.

    Which one is it Obama, a lot of them or all of them?

    I love politics 🙂

    July 7, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Colin

    They are really this stupid. Wow, I underestimated their lack of intelligence! Maybe they need to rewind the tapes and see how bright Rudy's campaign manager was in the Primaries. Anyone remember the oh we'll just wait it out till florida strategy and how well that worked!

    July 7, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Leroy

    Your headline is misleading. It incorrectly implies that a "new" political director has replaced an old one. It would be more correct to say "McCain campaign gets political director".

    July 7, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. scotty

    Not sure what to say about this but its one board that is still open as it doesn't have anything to do with the bobomb. how come any neg press on him closes in 6-10 replies?

    July 7, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Tired of W, OH

    Why not? He worked wonders for the Guiliani campaign, didn't he? From one losing campaign to another...

    July 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    He can freakin hire Gumby and Pokey for all I care, it ain't gonna help.

    July 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Really?

    Hope this guy does as much for McCain as he did for Rudy; that was really a brilliant campaign.

    July 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Well, that means that Obama was giving McCain a big headache. Now that McCain knows that CNN and Fox News flip flops too, he (McCain) feels he can win.

    July 7, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain Doesnt Know How To Run His Campaign And Thats A Preview Of How He Would Run The Country! Mccain Lacks The Judgement To Be President!

    July 7, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Joe Reg

    The Bush Repubs and Mcain are going down in a hand backet this year. The American people will make history and vote to change the way Washington has been running thing over the last 8 years.

    The dismal economy, the war, lost of jobs and houses are the legacy of the current republican administration.

    The democrats will fix the economy the country.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Whatever!. He is still going to lose.

    July 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    He is running a very poor campaign and not showing good judgment in management skills. It has been said time and again a poor campaign is a sure sign of a bad administration. McCain is proving this to be true.

    July 7, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Lydia

    Hiring someone from a campaign that never took off seems like an unwise move, to me. Shouldn't McCain search for people who have actually developed strategy that won.

    July 7, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Al, NY NY

    Good job, John. Hire that revolting loser's staff member. I guess maybe you're campaign will now be "a noun, a verb, and 'I spent time in a prison camp' "

    July 7, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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