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. adam

    and McCain becomes more and more like a standard Republican

    July 7, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Emeka

    Mcain is surely doomed to pick Guliani's campaign manager. Guiliani ran the worst Presdential campaign in histoory by pputting all his hopes in the Florida primaries.

    July 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. No Bush Third Term!

    I don't think anything anyone could do would change the fact that McCain is McBush is Bush's third term.

    Come'on America, say it with me:


    July 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. american in canada

    let's hope he does what he did for giuliani's campaign....run it right into the ground. and giuliani had waaaaay more personality than mccain does.
    OBAMA 08!

    July 7, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Len in Washington

    And exactly how long was Giuliani in this race? Going from bad to worse.
    Yeah...McCains got the decision making power we should all admire.

    ( not )

    July 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Keeping It Simple Stupid

    We're losing 500 men per year (40 per month) in Afghanistan alone, not to mention Iraq.

    And the neglect of the Afghanistan war means there is no plan being executed to guarantee the outcome.

    July 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. yikes!

    More changes....................after 3 months when will you start campaigning for America's best interest. We all know what
    McCain stands for but what about your plans for the future.

    July 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Desiree

    Look how well he managed Giuliani's campaign

    July 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. T GUY


    July 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. USAF Staff Sergeant

    It's a bit sad that the only thing McCain related that is news worthy these days is him getting or firing an adviser.

    Looking at the picture of this DuHaime character, he'll fit right in at the McCain camp..... he looks rather shady.

    July 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Ross in MD

    Yeah, the guy who ran Giuliani's pathetic excuse of a campaign is the guy I would pick as well...

    Obama '08

    July 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Foreign observer

    Now the Bush/Cheney campaign team is complete to do the same they always did....!

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. fojohnson

    John MCcain saying Obama words cannot be trusted? He is the one that cannot be trusted because he also flip flop on so many issue than Obama did. And CNN why can't you write about Mccain flip flop? You now concentrate more on Obama's word than MCcain. when survey was done by Bill, the survey showed that MCcain flip flop more than Obama, Why not bring that to your round table. He has not better experience than Obama when it comes to running the country. Yes, he was a military man and has being in the senate for many years what has he do for the country and for his home town. CNN since you claim you are the trusted name in news please do not be bias. I HOPE YOU POST MY COMMENT BECAUSE YOU NEVER DO. Please let him talk about what to do about the country than attack. We need someone to help put the country on track not someone that is not. He worn the nomination a long time and he still did not have an agenda for the economy when will he have one? Why has CNN not reported about that?

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Claire (Albany NY)

    DuHaime managed Rudy's campaign so brilliantly that McCain hires him to manage his??? Great choice, John. Really inspires a voter's confidence in your judgment.

    July 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Keith

    Right, like this is going to work. Obama is going to wipe the floor with McCain come November.

    July 7, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. CW4Barak

    This dummy couldn't help Mr. Liar Rudy Giuliani, how is he going to help McBush!! LAUGH!

    July 7, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. New Yorker

    Good move.

    McCain 08

    July 7, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. R. Griffith

    Couldn't you find a worse picture of Mike DuHaime ? Don't we want to compromise the republicans as much as possible? Isn't this CNN?
    Please scour through the archives more throughly to find a picture that more resembles what your readers expect? Those sniviling little rat faced snakes that they are? Those who dare to run against Obama! How dare them!

    July 7, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    Let me ge this right, they are going to use Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager? HAHahaha... Did they not see what happened to Giuliani's campaign..... I couldn't make this stuff up.

    July 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. matt

    so you hire the guy who ran Giuliani's completely failed campaign...Its clear that Rudy actually lost because of a poorly managed campaign. So you hire that guy. I was already voting for Obama, but man, is McCain really in it to win it?

    July 7, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. mitchell hussein martin

    these people are like roaches coming out of the woodwork.

    July 7, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Michael Lorton Virginia

    Hope he has better luck than Rudy did.......

    July 7, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Mike

    Yeah, because he did such a bang up job for Rudy.
    But, maybe it's because they have a theme in common. Blah, Blah, Blah, 9/11, Blah, Blah, Blah P.O.W.

    July 7, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Lynnette

    This is just another indication that McCain doesn't have a clue about running a presidential campaign or how to take suggestions from people who do. Typical.

    July 7, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Obama-Junkie, IL

    That's interesting , and encouraging for Democrats. From the top tier of Republican candidates for President, Giuliani ran one of the worst campaigns.

    July 7, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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