November 6th, 2008
11:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Blunt confirms he will not keep leadership post

Rep Roy Blunt will not keep his leadership post.
Rep Roy Blunt will not keep his leadership post.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri has decided not to run for another term as Republican whip in the House. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, has already told his colleagues he will be a candidate for the position.

Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, is also relinquishing his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.

But House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they are looking to hold on to those posts.

Democrats have netted a total of 17 additional seats in the House of Representatives and four new seats in the Senate. CNN has not projected a winner yet in four outstanding Senate races. Should Democrats prevail in all four of those contests, they would have the 60-seat majority that would overcome Republican attempts to filibuster in the Senate.


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  1. Carl from MI

    To my friend Liberals are Racists:

    We didn't pick Obama because he was black.... we picked him because he was SMART! And he could speak INTELLIGENTLY!! AND HE ACTUALLY HAD A PLAN FOR AMERICA AND FOR THE ECONOMY AND SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME TALKING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF TRASH-TALKING HIS OPPONENT.

    We picked Obama because he's going to make a better President the McCain. McCain was a great soldier and war hero... but a lousy candidate for President and a lousy decision-maker when it came to choosing a VP. Sarah Palin makes Dan Quayle look like a rocket scientist!!

    We gave Bush a chance... and in EIGHT years, look where he took our country and look at the state of it now. I don't think Obama can do any worse. So just shut up and sit back and let Obama fix Bush's mess.

    THANK YOU AMERICA FOR VOTING SMART, NOT SENILE!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Blue in Red AZ

    To:The point was PRIMARY SELECTION NOT VOTE!!!

    GET OVER IT! Go find something else to do w/ your racist, hateful, spiteful, sore-looser right-wing remarks for the next FOUR YEARS AND IF WE ARE ALL SO LUCKY... POSSIBLY THE NEXT 8!

    November 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Blue in Red AZ

    I would like to direct this at all of you McCain/Palin supporters who just can't let go and keep coming on CNN's Ticker w/ the sole purpose of continuing to spout your hate filled tirades, rants and tantrums: You and people like you would not give us the "40 acres and a Mule" you promised oh sooooo long ago so instead we'll take 50 STATES AND THE WHITE HOUSE! Thank you very much! :)

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. The Point Man

    As long as black people vote for white men, it's ok huh?. We have done that over and over again and in overwhelming numbers. We vote for Obama and now we are called racists! Unbelievable! There are a lot of sour grapes out there! The way thing have been done the last eight years has not worked. You don't have to ride the short bus to know that we need to do something different. After reading some of these posts, I see that there are a lot of uninformed people. Some just don't know what they are talking about because they bought into the McCain/Palin scare tactics. Do your homework before you speak!

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given the losses that the Republicans had in the House, it isn't a big surprise. it must be hard to see the numbers fall. Was he not getting everybody in line? That is what the Whip's job is - getting people to vote along the lines that the leadership wants them to.

    November 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. John

    Whichever person that said "So what if we voted for him because he was black?"

    You need to check that at the door, dear.

    Since only 12-15 percent of the population is black, you couldn't win but 3 electoral votes (DC) without white people and Hispanics who didn't vote racially like you and those of your ilk. Sad really that equality isn't really enough now. You think someone owes something to a particular race? They don't.

    Hypocrisy knows no bounds. You think those white voters were voting for the "white half" of Obama? LOL. He's a man, not a piece of property. You will all soon find out that nobody owns him. No matter what you thought you were getting by electing him, he has his own plans now that he has all the power he coveted.

    I'll give you that Obama is a smart man. I'm POSITIVE that everyone who voted for him is far from as intelligent as he.

    God bless America.

    November 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Bill in California

    Change is good. The topsy turvy world of political idealogy brings new thoughts, new direction, new frontiers to explore. The founders were wise to form a government of checks and balances and it has proven to keep both the far right and far left from obtaining dictatorial rule. We can make personalities, race, gender, state origin issues for bloggers to beat each other up with but the fact remains we now have an unseasoned, untested, not too long ago obscure freshman Senator who keeps his past locked up from even the MSM. There IS founded reason to question, to hope, and pray that he is who he says he is. My only hope is that both major parties work in unison to ensure that this is NOT a revolution as one contributor put it but merely a change to better all of us.

    November 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. mitch

    they should all be voted out, too.

    November 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. L.Moore

    I can't belive this, the republian need to get over it.Obama one becaus e he had a better message for the people he stayed on message and never spreaded hatred one time. I't doesn't matter what color he is were one nation God Bless President BarackObama watch over him and keep him safe

    November 6, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. mitch

    republican bloggers are proving their ignorance today. they failed to divide us, but, they cant stop whining about it. perhaps they should consider moving to iraq. they love their oil so much.

    November 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. M. WINNERS

    Another incompetent bites the dust. Maybe the repubs can get someone in there that genuinely understands what the term "bi-partisan" means rather than simply promoting some neocon political ideology...

    November 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. True Christian

    I've never seen a Presidential election so hateful. Just because President Obama is a black man, why must you hate him, label him, and disrespect him so? I'll pray for all of you and as a proud U.S. citizen, I'll pray for President Barack Obama, his beautiful family and my country. A prayer of peace and unity. We've got a long way to go because Bush buried us in 8-years of garbage economically, socially abroad and our country being recognized as a diplomat and a superpower.

    November 6, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Proud to be American

    Buh Bye Republicans... we will get all 60 seats ... my fingers are still cross... go and revamp your GOP party and embrace diversity.... then you too can intiate change! that all Americans can beleive in.

    thank you.

    November 6, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. 1/20/09

    NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

    November 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Alan

    I'm from Missouri...little Blunt dropped out of being Gov. before being beaten and now elder Blunt is no longer a Rep. leader....have a nice day.....

    November 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Greg M.

    O.K. President Obama let's get busy. The world is has witnessed the victory of positive. Lets go in history as the best Presidents ever. Take your time and fix what the republicans have messed up. We will all help, just keep being visible and keep talking to us on the Micheal Basinden show.

    Obama 08'..............................................................................

    November 6, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Ivan

    Same old same old Republicam Party, John Boehner criticizing the selection of Rahm Emanuel.
    I know that when President Obama reaches out his hand Boehner will slap it away.

    November 6, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. james

    Who cares ???????

    November 6, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Greg M.

    O.K. President Obama let's get busy. The world is has witnessed the victory of positive change. Lets go in history as the best Presidents ever. Take your time and fix what the republicans have messed up. We will all help, just keep being visible and keep talking to us on the Micheal Basinden show. We are inviting you and your family to Baton Rouge, La. and the Biden family.

    Obama 08'..............................................................................

    November 6, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    BUH BYE

    November 6, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. jerry

    Call it what you may. I call it gloating. The liberals are happy and so is the main stream media. Funny how the real feelings of some people come out after an election like this. There was video of Obama supporters in front of the White House celebrating their victory and amon the signs a flage was waved. It wasn"t an American flag. It was the flag of the former Soviet Union. Somebody explain that to me. Had Obama not won I wonder what the reaction of the African American community would have been. I dare say that many would have stated that the election was stolen by some racist whites. Charles Barkley in his infinite wisdom would make a comment that would shatter the airways, and CNN would be there to give him coverage. Really people!, it's not the way things should be done.

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Earl in FL

    Blunt leaving as whip? At least he is taking some responsibility for the continuing losses - and even being "blunt" about it!

    November 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Susan

    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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