December 8th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Saltsman formally jumps into RNC race

(CNN) - Another Republican on Monday jumped into the race to head the Republican National Committee.

Chip Saltsman, the former head of the Tennessee Republican Party and the former campaign manger of Mike Huckabee's White House bid, said Monday he's best positioned to rebuild the party following its bruising defeats on Election Day.

“As Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, campaign manager for a Republican presidential campaign, and business owner, I know how to compete and how to win,” he said. “Our party needs new and energetic leadership to rededicate ourselves to conservative principles, to regain the American voter's trust, and to set the stage for a dramatic turnaround in 2010 and beyond.”

Saltsman faces a long list of challengers: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have already declared they are seeking Duncan's job.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Angi's Mom

    Add him to the list of wannabe Mavericks.

    December 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Ed Word

    Haha. Rebuilding that party will take decades.

    Anyone down in their self-dug hole will get the bends if they climb up too quickly.

    The GOP is dead.

    December 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Larry

    Bruising defeats, 5% ?? Only the media made it a "big" defeat.Anyway ,if you've got a better plan for you,than the one you did for Huckabee,you need to bring it on.

    December 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Talents

    There are a lot of talents in this nation, young and able and qualified, much better than Barack Obama. God bless America, a traditional Christian nation, ever since George Washington!

    December 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Pat

    Rove vows to 'name names'

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    GOOD! Go for it, Rove !!!!!!!!!!!! Heads will roll!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Pat

    Ed Word December 8th, 2008 7:00 pm ET
    Haha. Rebuilding that party will take decades.
    Anyone down in their self-dug hole will get the bends if they climb up too quickly.

    The GOP is dead.
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    Ed, just watch !!!!!!!!!!!!! Will YOU ever be surprised !!!!!!!!!!!! Conservatives keep this country alive - NOT like you, Ed - a midget with a big mouth but no brain!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Burt, NH

    Good, sounds like a clown. If he thinks anyone is going to take the Huckabeast seriously, he's got another thing coming.

    It's bad enough that he's pushing the Huckster in our living rooms. II can't turn the channel fast enough. That big fat pig. But he'll go down as fast as Rush Limbinger, who tried television and failed because racist can't exist under the bright lights of TV. The Huckster will have his day. Sooner or later those racist remarks will come out of his fat twisted mouth and he'll be gone as well.

    December 8, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Rachel, MO

    How do you rebuild the party from hell? I guess they could look through old papers of Hitler, or Stalin or Mao Se Tung–any dictatorship will do.

    George W. Bush ran the party to the armpits of hell, now they want to revive it? Sorry, but it's dead and good riddance. No dictators for America, ever again. We want intelligent people who think about all Americans, not just the fat, greedy rich cats who run to the government when their coiffeurs are empty.

    December 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Chris

    If the GOP ever lets go of the FAR right "Christian" beliefs that hinder science, education, space exploration, engineering and they actually open their arms to other races, real women's rights and the environment, I'll consider voting for them.

    Until then, nope.

    December 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Talented Bigots

    @ Talents,

    Okay, so where are these young and able and qualified talents? Barack stepped up to the plate, where were they? Hiding behind bigots like you.

    God will bless America because it was founded by Christians but on the principle that all people are free to practice any religion. Read the Constitution. Oh, and Barack is a Christian, or weren't you keepin up with the primaries and the general election.

    December 8, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. PA politico

    Yeah Ed, that's great, so now we're a one-party nation? I'm sure that a nation ruled by one party, Republican or Democrat will surely have the best interests of the people in mind. Moron.

    December 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Vic

    IF the republicans had any sense at all they would choose someone that isn't mean and nasty... people are sick and tired of listening to the same old vile rhethoric from the republican party.
    They have no solutions to the problems they created, so they bad mouth the democrats and try and push the blame on them.
    I will never vote republican again.

    December 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. BUSHED!!!

    TO--Talents December 8th, 2008 7:28 pm ET
    There are a lot of talents in this nation, young and able and qualified, much better than Barack Obama. God bless America, a traditional Christian nation, ever since George Washington!
    Go and SIN NO MORE!!!!!!...Smell Like Racist To Me

    December 8, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. David Newport, OR

    OK Pat...now tell us how you really feel. Instead of playing the typical GOP name calling games, why not provide some evidence to your statements? How will the GOP attract the middle-of-the road electorate that flocked to the the Democrats this last election?

    December 8, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Franky

    @Pat

    Man!! People are still mad or frustrated, huh? And by the way, I will be surprised if they can rebuild after 2010. Senator McCain getting elected is one fo the worst things that can happen but as for Saltsman, he's alright, he ain't that bad. Maybe he can come through with the GOP, I don't know, it remains to be seen. But my advice for them is that they gotta show validity. Is one thing to show consistency but far from less, the American people do like validity...for a start.

    December 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Betty B

    Who cares?

    December 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Griff

    I have seen it all before.... Wild-Cat strikes.... Bewhare America... The Unions, (or most of the Unions) were on Obamas Ticket.... I mentioned it!!!! But ignore me.... Your Country will be brought to it's knee's... Hoffa???? No! Triple.... Why the Hell do you think the Unions were on Obama's side... Where did those Millions come from, that helped pave the way????? No Bull?????

    December 8, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. BB

    Talents – don't dictate religious beliefs.

    Freedom of, and freedom from, religion. You're dictatorship attitude is why we left England and came here long ago.

    December 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Keith

    We know ol Chip here in Tn. He is one of the most divisive people in the state. He takes his marching papers from Karl Rove.

    If the GOP picks this nut job....then they have learned nothing!!

    Why would anyone post conservative and Christian together. I am a moderate and just as much a Christian as anyone. I don't care for far left liberals and I don't care for far right wing conservatives. This country has NEVER prospered for long under any far right conservative in charge.

    Chip....crawl back in your hole

    December 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. kayla

    obama 2008,2012, and beyond

    December 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. paul oregon

    as long as the gop has palin hanging around they dont have to think abount rebuilding. they have cooked there own goose for a long time
    to come.

    December 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Ron Canada.

    Hey Chip. You know how to compete and you know how to win!
    Did'nt Huckerby lose to McCaine?

    December 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Pat

    Ed Word December 8th, 2008 7:00 pm ET
    Haha. Rebuilding that party will take decades.
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    Ed is a silly peepy-peepy head!

    December 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Rebeckah

    To talents... this country was founded on the separation of Church and State. . . it's to bad the conservatives have forgotten this. Barrack won because people are tired of the conservative view.... if your not with us your against us... if you don't believe the way I believe then your not American. Hate, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance hiding behind the conservative bible principles. Non of this is what Jesus taught... keep religion out of politics

    December 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Lyndon from CA

    Another Tennessee Bigget(ATB); The GOP will be well served.

    December 8, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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