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. brenda

    im still waiting for the mccain camp to come out with an ad detailing obamas lies in his ad called dignity. obama said he himself brough welfare rolls down 80%, lie, and he did this and that, also lies, but i heard the political analysists say that mccain needs to hurry upp and dispute the ad before the people begin to think that its true.

    July 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Mark

    Now we are going to hear a lot about 9/11 🙂

    July 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Oh great. That's all we need. Now it'll be "noun-verb-9/11 McCain"> I've had enough already.

    July 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Not sure that a redesign on the same old message will help ???? I stronghly suggest that the Republicans consider DRAFTING a new Candidate at their convention. You all are in a world of hurt.....NO MATTER HOW MUCH CNN tries to cram McCain down our throats. I always thought that the purpose of the PRESS was to report NEWS ...NOT DRIVE OPINION.....CNN Executives needs to listen to some of their reporters and the stories being broadcasted......hedges on paid political Advertising.

    July 7, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Michelle

    The other thread is closed already, so may I please post here:

    Kerry's remarks about McCain are a complete joke! In the past, Kerry asked McCain to run as his VP on a bipartisan ticket!

    That's right–Kerry wanted a Kerry/McCain ticket!

    As for lacking judgment, we know that the award for THAT booby prize goes to Obama. Hint, hint: racist church, anti-American church, Ayers, Rezko, eternal flip-flopping...

    July 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Can I get my comments posted this time?

    Isn't this the same guy who had Rudy campaigning in Florida only?

    July 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    All the political directors in the world won't help the Republicans this time around since their agenda won't waver from the Bush policies.

    The problem is the Conservative ideology is the problem and their only defense is to label the other candidate as a Liberal. Facts are Conservatism has simply evolved into the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer philosophy.

    If the American people look around at other modern societies and the benefits their citizens enjoy and come to realize this is all due to Liberal or Socialist ideals then maybe they have a chance to change their mind set and reap the benefits.

    July 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. T GUY


    July 7, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    First McBush, Now McGiuliani.

    Come on. Just bring in Rove and get on with it.

    My friend

    July 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Sen.John McCain't!

    good.. he can add to his loserness.

    July 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. DJ

    Well, good luck to McCain with that crack team in place. We all know how well Guiliani's big strategy worked out.

    July 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. max

    Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager,
    Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director. in other words,Mcfailure tapped the manager of a failed campaign to managed another failed campaign.this is good news

    July 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Alan Boyer

    This guy should be a winner for McCain. Look at what he did for Guiliani's campaign. LOL

    July 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. katiec

    Here we go again. Cannot believe McCain hires and supports a group of people that did such a smear job when he was running
    against Bush.
    Shows you how desperate he is and does not say much for his

    July 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. rom, NY

    You don't get it McSame
    it is not staff members that need to be changed, it's the candidate that needs to be changed along with your policies

    July 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Didine - Maryland

    Sorry McCain, no matter who you pick as your political director, you will still lose in Novemver. All Americans have chose their next president who is Barack Obama.

    Obama '08

    July 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. James Nelson

    Go ahead and keep desperately reshuffling the minions. All the king's horses and all the king's men won't serve to get this doddering rage-a-holic elected.

    July 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Jonathan Samuels

    Not gonna help.

    July 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. eric

    Just when you think McCain's campaign is getting on track with centralization, they go and put Guliani's campaign manager in as the new political director. Is this getting ridiculously funny or just plain sad? I'm leaning more funny. What do you think?

    July 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. BDub

    This move makes sense....Rudy's strategy worked out so well for him that this is a no-brainer. ;p

    July 7, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Mish

    It doesn't matter what McCain does, he is still not electable. I don't care who McCain was running against, I would NEVER vote for him. He has no electability appeal WHATSOEVER.

    July 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. The New Age Klan

    Minorities’ and women should never hold a position of authority over a white man, these are not just my beliefs but the principles this nation was founded on. This is the way God intended it to be, that is why this is in the fix that it is now in.

    McCain is the only candidate that can begin to restore order to this great nation of ours.

    July 7, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. bernj

    So we can expect the lies from from the McCain camp to be more original now? Is that the point of this?

    July 7, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Ron- democrat turned independent via HILLARY then obama

    well i hope they start asking obama why and then question his answers like ABC did and CNN won't . there are videos after videos of what he as said in the past many of them on CNN yet when he distorts and lies about it and tries to justify it no one calls him on it. i surely hope someone starts making him answer . my first choice of course would be Hillary. obama insults my intelligence and McCain still as to convince me.

    July 7, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    How is this guy going to run the country?

    His campaign is in a state of constant flux.

    If he can't stabilize his campaign how can he stabalize his country?

    July 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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