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. James in NYC

    Food for thought:
    McCain's father was a military man his entire life. When McCain was old enough his father's advice to him was to go into the military too. All the McCain's have ever known is military, military, military. If you were in John McCain's shoes would you ever vote not to flex military muscle?
    Attack the enemies that are a real threat. Use brains and not just brawn.
    Obama in 08!

    July 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Wayne, Greenville TX

    All they're doing is re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.....

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Jim

    this is perfect. giuliani's former campaign manager... giuliani ran what many pundits called the most unsuccessful campaign in the past 4 decades. so now mccain taps the guy who was behind that disasterous run. pretty much sums up mccain's vision and his ability to use good judgement. but i guess all you need to do is look at his voting record to see that.

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Lorna, NY

    This won't help him.

    July 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. An Independent Hillary

    Could this be good news for McCain? Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's campaign. Once the favorite to win the nomination, the Giuliani campaign crashed and burned early in the primary...

    July 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Jeff

    McCain is frightening. On the other hand Obama is pretty bad too. Obama's ideas don't fit his ego. I have been a democrat for 30 years and will not be supporting this con man in the fall. This will be the first election cycle that I have not voted. I am saddened that my party has chosen this do-nothing, know-nothing, egocentric, arrogant person for our nominee. Obama is much like G.W. Bush, all rhetoric and swagger, no substance.

    July 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Balcorot

    Is this the "rocket scientist" who came up with the Giullani "wait until Florida" strategy?

    July 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Uncle Sam

    There is only one great man in the race.
    McCain '08. It's obvious.

    July 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Frank Ferina

    John McCain

    Pro Life
    Pro Military
    Love of Country

    July 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Jonas

    Can anyone remeber the 9/11 message of Giuliani?

    Now we know exactly what McCain is trying to do.

    July 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. al



    July 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Laidetea


    Q: Obama said he would aggressively pursue a campaign finance agreement with his opponent. Did he do so? Why did those efforts fail?

    A: Counsel from the two campaigns did meet, but it was immediately clear that an agreement wouldn’t be workable. The idea of an agreement on public financing was to limit the influence of special interests and big donors on the campaign—but after the
    McCain campaign decided to manipulate the system, and given that they had already been spending private money on their general election campaign for months, it was readily apparent that an agreement would only serve to give McCain, the RNC, and Republican 527s a leg up.

    McCain and the RNC had no intentions of having a honest campaign. Before this years elections ends McCain will have flandered millions of dollars from the public finance system....money that should be use to help rebuild the states that were damaged by the Mississippi River, finish the clean up of New Orleans, more medicine for the sick and poor. McCain is for himself and he's a puppet for the Bushes'.

    America we need a president that does care about the people in our great country....Obama is by far the only candidate that truly cares.

    Vote Obama

    July 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Louisiana Ed

    This guy Duhaime should give you the BUMP you need John, my friend. After all, he did a "Heck-of-a- Job" for Rudy!!!

    July 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Linda31

    I guess he didn't get the memo. Seems like he doesn't know what he is doing. Had the election locked up for months and he is just now getting things in place? Pitiful and not a leader at all.

    July 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Bukky

    really....? the guy that ran the campaign that spent 5 million per vote... that guy? As a DEM... I applaud this move

    July 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Andy

    Makes sense, since Giuliani's campaign was such a success.

    It doesn't really matter, though, since based on the way McCain's been running his campaign so far, this guy will be replaced, and then his replacement will be replaced.

    July 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Alanna

    John, just admit you don't have a clue as to what you're doing. And then kindly just go home.

    Obama 08

    July 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Jane Hertberger-Wolfgangson

    McCain is turning this charade into a circus. This same Campaign Manager helped Rudi secured less than 50 votes in Florida with over $49million. If his Rudi Florida strategy was devastatingly flawed, what magic will he perform with McCain if not cripple him more. Food for thot!!!

    July 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Givens

    Go Obama you can attract millions more, you are destine to Rule and you will be the next U.S.A President.

    Republicans are failures, with their hate and divisive politics. Mcsame may recruit the best politicians in the world his not fit to be President his too old and ugly for my liken, go with your war and flip flops in all issues.

    July 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. David in Chicago

    Title should read "McCain camp gets a new GOP nominee!" That's the only way they can win, get rid of this temper tantrum baby.

    July 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Tarrie NY

    McCain promotes a R.Guiliani staffer-big mistake! McCain will lose for sure this November.

    July 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. SAI

    The professional experience of managing Rudy Giuliani's campaign to achieve its unique record (spending nearly $40 Million to get practically nothing!) is exactly the skillset John McCain needs right now to help his campaign gain traction. This decision is consistent with his other decisions though – like his support of all morally bankrupt and proven failures that Bush policies are.

    July 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Domera

    McCain looks like something out of an horror movie. I can't stand looking at him, he is soooooooooo old. What is going to do for our nation but have a heart attack or stroke.

    July 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Oh good, more noun, verb and 9/11 lingo.

    July 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Obama '08

    Congratulations Mr. McCain on choosing the man who sank former favorite Giuliani's campaign to run your campaign into the dirt. This should make things even easier to prevent a third Bush term.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    July 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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