November 6th, 2008
11:02 AM ET
5 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. Scott NYC Independent

    Republicans have to change their politics. The negative attack game is the 20th century – its time for those running for office to discuss issues and provide plans with insight into their abilities to get the job done. No more I want to have a beer with you crap.

    November 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. America proves there is still too many racists

    When it comes to being racist, the black voters of this country proves that with their 99% voting for one candidate largely because of his being an oreo, tells me that they as a block of people are more concerned about the color of skin than the policies advocated by the two canddiate.

    Big deal he is half white, get over it.

    November 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Michelle, PA

    Good. Blunt performed dismally in the bailout fiasco. Get somebody in there who is willing to work.

    November 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. sabuc for Obama

    They need a new identity with new faces and new ideas. I guess the old rats have to jump ship now before they get nailed to the sinking ship.

    November 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. S. Boatman

    Keep Eating Your Own And Soon You Will Starve!

    November 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. country first

    united we will stand. God bless our new president Barack Obama.

    November 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Female Voter

    This country is the melting pot with many loads of different people and values. People are tired of conservatism being shoved down their throats. Sorry but some people want and need fresh new ideas and leadership.

    November 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Jeff

    Watch out for Eric Cantor. Remember–so long ago–that HE was the one who spoke out most clearly and directly against the $700B bailout. I've seen him on tv, and he is clearly self-motivated. He's one to keep an eye on....

    November 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. The Patriot

    Sarah's available for the post...

    November 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Ed

    Lets go Republicans.

    Find the ones with backbones and go with them.

    Its time to put Mitch McConnell out to pasture and find someone who says what he means and means what he says for a change!

    November 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Chris from St. Louis

    Roy is a good man ... had earned the respect from both parties .... I hate him go.

    November 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Druid Marxist Obama Supporter

    Don't worry Republicans, we Democrats will do our best to shout you down, interrupt civil debates, distort the truth, and prop up our unqualified guy Obama with propaganda no matter what he does wrong. Remember how it really was our fault and not the Republicans' that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had problems? We'll keep that kind of communist censorship tactic up all throughout Obama's presidency, to stiffle all true and reasonable debate.

    November 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. N.Young

    I was watching the election process unfold on CNN and turning periodically to other stations covering the election, one thing stood out the most. These news stations showed the Republican party and the Democratic party where the presidential nominees were holding their parties and the difference immediately stood out. The Democratic party had people from every walk of life at their party. The Republican party all looked the same. It is now time the Republican party to start crossing the lines and reach out to Americans who do not look like them. Maybe then we will have two nominees worth voting for and not the lesser of the evils.

    November 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Jeanette Scott

    The Republicans have to change their policies and their hearts. The American people understands that we are one people and one country. One reason the Democrats won was that their policies are for everyone, not just the rich.

    Every election the Republicans try to pit one group against the other. The voters have got smart to that tactic now and it will never work anymore. American is a diverse country now and that is something the Republican must and will get use to.

    THE Republican might try reading the Bible about God word, and I quote, DO NOT MISTREAT THE POOR for personal gain. The is what President Bush and The Republicans have done every since he has been in office. The Bible also says that LAST, WILL BECOME FIRST.

    GOD has been in the mist of this election all along. As long as the Democrats remain for the people, they will always win. The is God way and God way will always win.......... Cong. to Mr. Obama and the Democrats for a year well done.

    JScott, Texas

    November 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Rave

    Good Decision.
    GOP thought it could get away once again by spewing hate and fundamentalism. I think it is important to be God Loving , but nobody has the right to tell someone that they are more Christian , Muslim or Jewish than others.
    Religion is an independent choice and America is a democracy. So, never judge people on how Religious he or she is. GOP got to an extent where they were running parallel to some of the fundamental muslim parties in the world.
    So, think it over and good luck for next election.
    Again, nobody is more god loving because they claim to be so. Everyone loves their God and Family. Keep this away from politics.

    November 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Sue T

    Republicans need to change.......it isn't conservative anymore.......it isn't negaive campaigning anymore.......it isn't about the Religious Right Conservatives anymore.........it isn't about keeping taxes low while giving tax credits to big Companies anymore........it isn't about white over blacks.......it isn't about the rich anymore.......it's about all of us, white, black, brown, christians, jewish, muslum, rich, poor, educated and uneducated, it's about all of us..........Republicans have to find away to reach out to all areas and all people and not just their own conservative base.........and Sarah Palin can not do that.......

    November 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Liberals are Racists

    Don't forget – you liberals picked Obama because he is "black" (even though he is biracial). Don't deny it. Every single other candidate in the Dem primaries was vastly more qualified than Obama, yet you wen with the minority. So don't lecture the GOP about diversity when you all go over the top and fail to uphold MLK's tenants of ignoring skin color and race. None of you can articulate WHY you picked the least experienced guy over all the rest of them. You all take your diversity thing way too far. What a shame. The truth and proper selection of qualified individuals gets thrown out the window when you liberal democrats get to choose. America lost big time when Obama was elected. McCain was probably THE most patriotic, dedicated servant to America there ever was. He would have been a great president, and much more known quantity to steer us through these tough times than an untested Marxist from the corrupt political machine of Chicago.

    November 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Matt

    smart man...distancing themselves from the party for the time being is the only thing that will save their individual careers

    November 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Joan

    @america proves there still are too many racist...

    So when we voted for the last 43 years for president when there were only white candidates.. were we racist then? When we could not vote at all, were we racist then?

    I'll be waiting for your answer...

    CNN please post.. thank you.

    November 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. obambi

    since African-Americans voted 99% Obama, I hope that whites are not labeled racist for voting 99% white in the next election. Remember, folks, Abraham Lincoln was a republican and most of the KKK were democrats–go figure why the AA's are all democrats–also, they voted 60 % against gay rights–Does that make them anti- civll rights? Or only FOR Black civil rights?

    November 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. JOANN

    @liberal are racist....

    Question for you....(as I stated earlier)

    Were african americans racist when the the last 43 years we could only vote for a white candidate?

    Were african americans racist when were not allowed to vote at all?

    Were african americans racist when we were beaten, killed and hung from trees....

    I'm waiting for your answer...

    CNN please post this...thank you.

    November 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Republicans: Not totally unlike the fall of the Berlin wall. Kaboom!

    November 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Matt

    Dear Ed:

    It's not finding someone who says what he means and means what he says that the Republicans really need to worry about right now. It's figuring out what that meaning should be. For too long, it's been fear, smears, and veiled (and not-so-veiled) hate speach and divisiveness. If they can find a truly inspirational leader witha message that resonates in a meaningfully unifying manner with people, they will survive (and here's a hint: it's NOT Palin). If they try to solidify the same old policies and continue building walls to factionalize the country, they will defeat themselves with nobody else to blame. My advice is to go back to the true Republicanism of Lincoln and, frankly, cut the crap.

    Thank you,

    The American People

    November 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Another Republican bites the dust!

    November 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Fenarkleman

    Yes, us liberals picked Obama just because of his skin color. Sure. Riiiiiiight.

    Yes, secretly, all liberals really just wanted to keep far right wingers like Bush in power and continue to plummet down the sheer face of this economic cliff that the United States has been hurtled over.

    Yes, the economy. Remember that, stupid? Sure, it was skin color. Right. And the Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl this year.

    November 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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