December 10th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Duncan announces RNC re-election bid

Duncan is out with a Web site to tout his reelection hopes.
Duncan is out with a Web site to tout his reelection hopes.

(CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan officially launched his re-election campaign Wednesday by emailing committee members and launching a sleek new Web site touting his record at the helm of the party.

In a Web video, Duncan advertised his experience running the party machine over the last two years and his understanding of the behind-the-scenes efforts that make the GOP tick, promising to avoid "flash" and focus on the "nuts and bolts" of building up the party's state-by-state grassroots infrastructure and its fluency in new technology.

He also promoted post-election Republican gains in the Georgia Senate race runoff and special elections in Louisiana, calling those wins a "a crushing blow to the Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda."

"It's clear that Republicans still know how to win elections as we build a solid foundation for the 2010 campaign," he said.

Duncan's candidacy has already been pushed online by an anonymous web site - "Keep Mike Duncan as RNC Chairman" - that has attacked Duncan's rivals for the chairmanship, with a particular focus on Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

Duncan and Anuzis are joined in the chairman's race by South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, former Tennessee GOP chair Chip Saltsman and former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele.


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  1. DC in New York City

    Fresh faces needed....

    This guy has got to go....

    December 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Angi's Mom

    Yeah, another maverick?

    December 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. L-Mani

    So the GOP is using the internet trying to compete with Obama. Note to the GOP: Just because your put on Air Jordans dosent mean you can play like him.

    December 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Chris - Denver

    Yes, please re-elect him, Republicans! I've been very happy with the way he's run your party.

    December 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. CC for better country direction!

    I think the RNC needs to stop pumping the air the balloons on the body's if they think "It's clear that Republicans still know how to win elections". Oh please! Saxby Chambliss should've never went into a recount if the GOP was such a good party! Not only that, people dont want 2 vote any more! Thats why all the Repubs are getting the washed up votes! Obama already won and thats all that matters to the majority of the country!

    December 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. CC for better country direction!

    I think the RNC needs to stop pumping the air balloons on their body's if they think "It's clear that Republicans still know how to win elections". Oh please! Saxby Chambliss should've never went into a recount if the GOP was such a good party! Not only that, people dont want 2 vote any more! Thats why all the Repubs are getting the washed up votes! Obama already won and thats all that matters to the majority of the country!

    December 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Sharon Kitchen

    Mr Ducan,
    You may not want to include Georgia in any of your comments just yet. This state has many problems. The top of the list---voters.
    Well I should say the right to vote.
    Check the Elections board agendas in Atlanta,Ga........then you will understand. Pick a county,any county.

    December 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Milhouse van Houten

    As they rearrange the deck chairs,the band continues to play"nearer
    my god to thee".

    December 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Mike

    Michael Steele for RNC Chairman!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. sick n tired

    The problem with the Republicans is they put too much stock in someone's ability to "win an election" rather than their ability to actually do something for the COMMON GOOD! They put power over principle everytime! AM I WRONG?

    December 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    WHO CARES! Who cares what the Republicans do this is a Dem year lets focus on them! The GOP Is dead!

    December 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. sick n tired

    To Milhouse van Houten: Thats some seriously funny stuff LOL!

    December 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Ken from missouri

    Mike is the man he understands america like nobody else him and sarah palin will divide and conquer in 2012.

    December 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Ken

    All you neo-tards, yes PLEASE re-elect this looser to head the RNC.

    Or, if not Duncan, how about Joe the Plumber? Afterall, Joe now dislikes McCain and thinks Palin is "absolutely the real deal", as do so many of the rightwing's disillusioned. He's also proven that he has the vacuous rightwing talking points down pat. Who else could complain that Obama's tax plan would raise his taxes,…. IF his salary were to miraculously jump by a factor of 6! In the current economy that his rightwing bretheren foisted on all of us, he should worry more that his salary will DROP by a factor of 6. LMAO!! This kind of delusional thinking is exactly what it takes to head the RNC.

    December 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Ken

    There is a soon-to-be x-Ill. governor that would be just PERFECT for this position. As we float our scum out of the [D] party, I'm sure they will find refuge somewhere……

    December 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Geoff

    yap; lot of room for talk. Chicago gutter politics clowns. Have a good day.

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. UncleT

    Michael Steele: The Republican's Obama? Black is the new White?

    December 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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