August 1st, 2008
08:55 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP leader to Republican candidates: avoid the convention

A GOP congressional leader urged candidates to avoid the party's summer convention.
A GOP congressional leader urged candidates to avoid the party's summer convention.

(CNN) - The man spearheading campaign efforts for congressional Republicans has some advice for embattled legislators locked in tough races: stay away from the GOP convention.

In a Thursday conference call with lawmakers and campaign strategists, National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole argued candidates should steer clear of the party’s summer convention in Minneapolis, calling it a “waste of time” in a tough year when every day on the campaign trail counts.

According to a report in The Hill, the Oklahoma congressman urged Republican lawmakers to feel free to criticize the party – including prospective future colleagues, citing dismal congressional approval ratings. “These ratings are worse than we had on the eve of losing the majority,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to say you are disappointed in fellow Republicans… don’t hesitate to be anti-Washington, D.C.’”

Several GOP senators have already announced their plans to skip the Republican National Convention, including Maine Senator Susan Collins and North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, who had a prime-team speaking role at the last RNC.


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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Gary Chandler in Canada

    neocons if the above idea sounds STUPID, remember it was Johnny who proposed travelling with Obama on the campaign to 'save expenses' <<< NUTTY

    August 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Rise America Rise

    They missed the part about going to the democratic convention instead, and trying to find photo ops with Obama.

    August 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Translation: McCain is a loser, and you don't want to be caught hanging around losers do you??

    WOW......what a slap in the face to McCain!

    Shows Republicans with knaw off their own arm to save their own cabinet position.

    August 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Phil From VA

    Mcshame... Cowboy Bush and others have destroyed the party. Need a new set of leaders.

    August 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. DWB

    The 13 republicans that voted against the Housing Bill should be voted out of office if they are up for reelection this fall .McCain is a very mean spirited man and he is treating Obama like he was treated in 2000 . McCain is showing us just how he really is . He should not be attacking Obama on a personal level because americans & those abroad love Obama , McCain is angry because he may not win .The fact that Mccain was against affermative action and was against the MLK holliday , tells us a lot .Cindy sold her beer co to Cubans .What is that all about ?????????????????

    August 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Ian

    There'll be more energy and optimism at Ron Paul's convention anyway.

    Ron Paul '08

    August 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. DWB

    Obam should pick Wesley Clark for a running mate or John Kerry.

    August 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. tony

    Guys like Phil from Florida-
    This is one Issue both Republicans and Democrats can agree-
    New Approval rating for Pelosi's & Reids Congress is at a stellar 10%
    But they won't do anything because they think they are going to win more seats-
    Here's where we agree-
    Get rid of everyone and get a complete New Congress-
    Impose term limits so these Representatives can actually do the peoples work instead of working to keep their seats-
    Problem is they would have to vote themselves out–

    August 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Henry n New York

    Considering the climate and events that have taken place over the last 8 years it is clear this and worst can be expected. The republican party desperately needs keep control of the white for at least one more term. The reason – we know of many seemly incompetent and untrustworthy acts by this administration and within the republican party itself. A democratic congress and president would be catastrophic to the republicans. Once full access to the ongoings of the Bush administration can legally, without recourse, be obtained, comprehended and discussed there may very well be some prosecution in the not so distant future. We can expect every desperate act to surface, every attempt to discredit, without regard for fact or slander in this years election. The wheelers, dealer, and political criminals are circling the wagon and attempting not to take any prisoners.

    August 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    AVOID SLEAZY, DISHONEST, LYING, GREEDY BIGOTS.

    I LOVE MY AMERICAS OF EVERY PARTY, RACE, & RELIGION.

    THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, & MCBUSH HAVE HIT A NEW

    LOW ON THE SLEAZE SCALE OF POLITICS. THERE ARE

    PLENTY OF GOOD HARD WORKING HONEST REPUBLICANS.

    August 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Shameless GOP just threw McCain under the bus.

    August 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Tony

    Will never happen. Embattled, scandal ridden, whatever, no republican can stand to be out of the spotlight or from in front of a camera for more than a few seconds. Pathetic!

    August 1, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Henry n New York

    OBAMACIANS UNITE

    DON'T ATTEND THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN

    DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN

    DON'T VOTE McCAIN

    DON'T VOTE McSAME

    OBAMACIANS UNITE

    August 1, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Uncle Sam

    Sounds like the Rebublican party has a worst PUMA problem than the Democrats have. It sounds like a call from the captain of a sinking ship to lower the life rafts and abandon ship. Wonder how much this story will get in primetime. Because it makes McLoser look bad, probably no coverage at all!!!!

    August 1, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. T Guy

    REPUBS ARE SO PATRIOTIC THATS WHY THEY SCREWED THINGS UP

    WHY NOT VOTE FOR MCCAIN AND MAKE IT WORSE................

    OBAMA THE OBVIOUS CHOICE.........08

    August 1, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. edw

    Are they having the RNC convention in a church? They probably only have about 1,000 people showing up.

    August 1, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. CM

    Take the time to fact and spell check your reports. The RNC is in St. Paul, not Minneapolis. Elizabeth Dole had a prime TIME speaking role, not a prime team speaking role.

    August 1, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. NMcSame

    Don't worry the PUMA people will be there. They just love taking it in. McSame will give it to them real good and he will go deep. The republicans are not as stupid as the PUMA people because they are getting as far from McSame as they can while the PUMA are stupid enough to run to him. WHY? Because it is a race issue. The puma people ran to McSame after Clinton lost. McSame does not line up with not one thing that Clinton was fighting for. He would cut off the heads and undo everything that the PUMA people want but that would vote for him before they would vote for a black man. Most of her supporters would rather have the ship sink than to have a black man lead or be at the helm. How sad it is when people have that much hate. They try to cover it by saying that they are mad at the party because of the way Hillary was treated. That is like someone in the army saying that they are going to join up with Taliban because he or she didn't like the fact that Bush replaced their general. So just go and do what you are going to do. Obama will still be ok no matter what or how any of you haters vote. Oh, and one more thing I WILL TOO.
    Obama08 whata DREAM Not in America

    August 1, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Shon

    LOL...now this is funny....and they were so sure the Democratic Party would be divided.

    August 1, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Sherry, Atlanta

    Isn't this the same Party that supports "Electronic Voting Machines, that produces results WITHOUT A PAPER TRAIL"?

    August 1, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. AOA Seattle

    Yeah.... tell voters what they want to hear!! It doesn't take a genius to see how that will work..afterall, isnt it your base, "the Hannities" and the "Rush Limbaughs" of the world that gave America and the world Bush and Cheney, twice! And now on the verge of giving us McBush for a third term just to make sure the destruction of everything great America is complete? Just go hide under a rock you idiots! You are just a waste of human skin....pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    The role of a lifetime. Talent optional. Barack Hollywood Obama.

    August 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Frank

    BETTER YET, AVOID THE ELCETION THIS FALL !!!!

    REPUBLICANS HAVE NOTHING POSITIVE TO OFFER.

    August 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. NewAmericancitizeninWashington,DC

    One word, – mcsurge is a toxic grummpy old man so stay away.

    August 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. SHAWN

    so he wants them to say whatever it takes to get elected

    August 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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