December 3rd, 2008
05:56 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC chair Duncan to decide future this weekend

Duncan torn on whether to run for another term as head of RNC.
Duncan torn on whether to run for another term as head of RNC.

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan told CNN he will spend the coming weekend deciding whether to run for another term at the helm of the GOP, and could announce his decision Monday.

Duncan said he is torn about what to do - he said he likes his job very much, but also feels it may time for him to return home to Kentucky after being at the RNC for eight years.

Duncan's deliberations come as several other Republicans are publicly eying his post, following two straight election cycles during which the GOP suffered stinging defeats.

Duncan has steadily risen through the ranks of the RNC over the last decade. In 2001 he was elected the committee's treasurer and was named general counsel in 2002.  In 2007, President Bush tapped him to replace outgoing RNC chairman Ken Mehlman.

If he enters the race, Duncan will face a long list of challengers: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Mike Huckabee campaign manager and ex-Tennessee Republican party Chairman Chip Saltsman, and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have already declared they are seeking Duncan's job.

An RNC source close to Duncan later called to say the announcement may not come until later next week.

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Scott, Wichita

    bring on the spiteful, hating, bigoted comments from the "enlightened left"

    December 3, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. John McCain

    Man of Steele!

    December 3, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Matthew, Houston, TX

    How ironic, Scott from Wichita.

    December 3, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Thomas, Illinois

    Another ship-jumper...

    December 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Jamie

    Hey Scott of Wichita,

    No comment necessary.

    December 3, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Janice Illinois

    Mr. Duncan, It's not you it's Bush, the rnc could not have won this election after his horrible terms. You do need to go on a search , and I mean a search for decent, smart capable people to get you back on track. This is some sound advice, Your group should forget you know Mrs. Palin, that is so not good for you.

    December 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. charles

    Want some advice? Disband the Rebublican party and start over from scratch.

    December 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. spudmctater

    Is he seriously considering staying on? Wow.

    December 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Lorraine Robinson

    Well I really think and believe that Bill Richardson is a good looking man just the way he is. He is plump but still handsome. I do like him with a beard though.

    He has such a beautiful smile and appears to be a pleasant person too. He really is a likeable guy.

    He gave me the impression, when he ran for president and was at a debate, that he can be not only intelligent but courteous.

    He's just a lovable teddy bear.

    December 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Laura

    Stay on my friend, make sure not to help out any of your candidates and spend all your money on clothes for Sarah Palin

    December 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Vicki5

    This one's for Scott, Wichita:

    Duncan should give it up and go back to KY, or GA for that matter, as they are apparently the same type of racist communities.

    December 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. TURN TEXAS BLUE

    If the RNC wants any progress they must project to voters like they want a change.!!!! Otherwise kiss their party GOODBYE!!!

    December 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. HSNP

    Please run again! You've done a delightful job of destroying the GOP so far. Maybe you can finish it off and the world can be happy again.

    December 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Chris - Denver

    Using "RNC" and "Future" in the same sentence. That's a laugh.

    December 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. NY Republican

    I'd leave that job too if Sarah Palin is "the future" of our party.

    December 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. shucks

    Scott, Wichita, The left is no worse than the right, only you have one thing wrong. The right has proven themselves the most racist, hateful, people in America. All you had to do is watch your rallies and the comments from your party constituents. Enough said. I also just find it amusing that members of the GOP and RNC are bailing at the speed of light. Maybe you should heed their example. This is occuring because the party is lost, confused, being taken over by extremist, and is imploding as we speak.

    December 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. carol

    Rats are all leaving the sinking ship now.....I guess he'll be using the same excuse, I need to spend more time with my family...that so called reason must be getting worn out by now!!!!
    How amazing, they were all quite happy in their positions prior to the election and when McCain lost it has sent them all in a tail spin and they don't know quite what to do.

    December 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. carol

    Rats are all leaving the sinking ship now.....I guess he'll be using the same excuse, I need to spend more time with my family...that so called reason must be getting worn out by now!!!!
    How amazing, they were all quite happy in their positions prior to the election and when McCain lost it has sent them all in a tail spin and they don't know quite what to do.

    December 3, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. lovable liberal

    My guess: It's not Duncan's choice, and he'll be gone. He's a Bush guy, and though the blame for the blessed 2008 GOP debacle rests with Bush himself, Duncan's inside the blast radius.

    The rest of this to be or not to be questioning is really about Duncan setting the stage for a slightly less ignominious exit.

    December 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Reality

    Step down, the republicans need to realign themselves.

    December 3, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Get over it

    It is time to get rid of this "train wreck".

    I'm for Michael Steele.

    December 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. GA for Obama

    Scott, Wichita- The ONLY "spiteful, hating, bigoted" are extremist conservatives

    December 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Matt

    POLL: Is that a hairpiece or an architectural marvel of a comb-over?

    December 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Maybe Duncan could get a job at a donut shop...

    December 3, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. D

    I agree with Laura. it is sickening to watch all the other republicans bow down to Gov. Palin. If she is the future of the party, plan on big losses in the future. I mean she is just not capable of running anything. What has she done successfully? President, Please it's a joke right?
    Oh, how many racist comments did Saxby Chambliss make during his run off? Too many to mention. No the US is not done with racism yet

    December 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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