December 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

First-of-its-kind RNC meeting to be held in Washington

RNC chair Mike Duncan faces a tough race to keep the top spot.
RNC chair Mike Duncan faces a tough race to keep the top spot.

(CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee are planning to hold a Washington forum for candidates to lead the party – the first time they have held an official meeting not arranged by the national party.

The meeting, first reported by The Hill, was the brainchild of North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth and nearly two dozen RNC members from 18 states, according to the RNC counsel’s office.

Most of those are supporters of one of the challengers to current RNC chair Mike Duncan. The newly-scheduled forum – which was not arranged by national leadership, headed by Duncan - may give a boost to these candidates, who will get an opportunity to make their pitch to the members of the national committee.

Under RNC rules, a minimum of 16 members from 16 different states is required to hold an official meeting – but CNN has not been able to find any prior instance when this rule has been invoked.

The meeting comes in a week of faceoffs and public grillings for RNC chair hopefuls - some open to the public, others private events for conservatives and party members.


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  1. Sheila C. Clarke

    As a staunch African American Democrat I wish to Thank You Republicans,
    You represent the Ultra Conservatism of America of the 1950's-
    Segregation – Racism and the the dislike of all Black Americans.
    This philosophy has been led by: Strom Thurman, Lott, Pat Buchanan, Matt Lauer, Rash Lumbach, Jesse Helms, Members of Morning Joe Show, David Gregory and FOX Network.

    December 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Perusing-through

    REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN . . .

    . . . is turning over in his grave as people like Rush Limbaugh, Chip Saltsman, and Paul Shanklin recklessly ruin the GOP. Please McCain, Hagel, Romney, Ron Paul, Tom Ridge, or somebody in the GOP with a slither of wisdom – - – - – please rescue the Party from the likes of idiots Limbaugh & Saltsman.

    December 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Marcos T

    Politics in the USA has become a BIG JOKE......The politicians dont even know what "For the people by the people" is? They have lost the basic tools of government and have sided with big business and have not kept the balance. Why do we have the economic crsis now? They have lost the balance. They have got rid of regulators. The scale has to be balanced. I hope both parties wake up and get a clue. The people leading the USA are on major corporations board of direstors and stockholders. Can you see the lack of leadership and management cababilities? There is NONE> These people have never been trained in these areas. They dont know the basics. They dont know how to BUILD teams,,,,,Politicians have shown they have failed. Only problem is that our American friends and brothers keep voting these CLOWNS in. Would you like someone in charge of your business a politician,,,,,,! Very unprofessional and immature!

    December 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Tolerance in word only

    Oh how fun it is to read the intolerant comments calling for tolerance! It's amazing how the right wing needs to get rid of "bible thumpers" but where are the calls to get rid of the lefties who deface the walls of churches, temples, and other sanctuaries??? Oh how the lefties love to point out the hypocricy of others while living lives of incongruence! Face it, liberals have religions of compliance and conformity but just don't accept a common name for it. Nice try trying to be all-accepting and loving - except anyone who holds moral standards!! Democrats may have control but only because the repubs abandoned their core beliefs which is, of course, reprihensible to those who hold no core beliefs at all (at least that's what they hope you believe).

    December 29, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. ROC

    Time for a new party to emerge.

    The GOP is a party of the past.

    December 29, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Proud American

    He "Accept It" News flash, if George Bush had read the daily briefing, 9/11 would have never happened. Your comments about Bush keeping us safe is a Joke. Go to bed, you have nothing sane to contribute.

    December 29, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Larry

    The GOOD thing is unlike the Democrats the Republicans are smart and will QUICKLY regain the Congress in 2010,and then the White House 2012 ,it does not take to long to figure out how to get the votes,simply tell the people what they want to hear,and offer free things.

    December 29, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Xavier

    R.N.C. = R.I.P.

    December 29, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. crazy

    We dont need to know about these back wood bush republicans. Even formally educated people can be stupid and republicans show that every day.

    December 29, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. clifford

    Barack Obama has no political coat tails and the idea of a "Liberal mandate" is political hot air!! The idea that the GOP is dying or dead is just the liberal newspaper columnist's fantasy!! We'll be back in 2010 to huant them!!

    December 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. cavafaire

    There IS no real GOP. There used to be but it was several decades ago before Newt G and his cronies took over.. since then it's gone from bad to worse. If the Republican party is to survive, they need to change the guard. Put something on the table that benefits middle America instead of lining the pockets of Big Oil, Energy and Big business in general.
    They have no solutions.. When things get tough they wrap themselves in the flag and call the people who have some real ideas, unpatriotic. They need to have a cataclysmic generational changeover.. 10 years ago.

    December 29, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Colin the Salesman

    They have revived the smoke-filled room....what will they do next? Bring back Plessey vs. Ferguson?

    Without a doubt, this lot is the most politically tone-deaf group I have ever seen, and as a life-long Democrat, I've seen enough on my side. They are repeating every mistake the Dems made after 1968, insisting that ideology is more importan than leadership. I can't wait to see who they cough up to run this circus.

    December 29, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    NORTH DAKOTA WENT TO McCAIN-PALIN BY A MEAGER 27,000 VOTES . . .

    I don't blame North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth for calling this emergency meeting. His state which has been RED for decades came within 27,000 votes to going BLUE last month. Gary sees the handwriting on the wall. If the Republicans keep up the stupid shenanigans of Rush Limbaugh and Chip Saltsman, than North Dakota may go BLUE in 2010 or 2012; (along with Montana, barely won by McCain by 12,000 votes; and Missouri barely went to McCain by 3,000 votes).

    December 29, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Rick Sutter

    Charles (and some others) I agree and think that the Libertarian party is preferable to what the Republican party has become. And, by the way, George Bush was a Liberal (at least fiscally) which is what has caused the current identity crisis for the party. While I am personally both fiscally and socially conservative, I could live with no government regulation of morals as long as I can still be offered some protection from the morally corrupt. We MUST, however, bring fiscal conservatism back to government. I do not mean tax more to cover every pet project, but spend less out of OUR treasury.

    December 29, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Will they discuss the racially charged "satirical" Holiday gift Chip Saltzman distributed? Ronald Reagan would be appalled at his party–the mean spirited nature of this party continues to brew. We should never underestimated their Rovinian ways–something the current administration has embraced.

    December 29, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. gp

    The GOP is history. YES!! It's a new day!!

    December 29, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Bill

    The RNC is stuck in the 20th century. Anything they can do get back in the mainstream will be useful.

    December 29, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Proud American

    America never forget that an Idiot is born in this country every minute of the day. The Republican party is trying to figure out how to make them all Republicans. God Bless America

    December 29, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Proud American

    Maybe their going to discuss Dred Scott vs the United States??

    December 29, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Chuck in NH

    First, there are about 55+ million registered Republicans. Do you all really think we are all morons, bigots, war-mongering, idiots? We make up roughly one-third of the electorate. Do you all actually believe we stole your money, got you laid off, and took away your health insurance? We, as in Republicans face the same situation that everyone else does. You certainly can not blame the current situation on Republicans only. The government has no place in your financial situation... if you do not make enough money, go to work, or find a better paying job, or go back to school and learn something new, so you can find that better paying job. Or, better yet, come up with something new, and make money that way. Stop blaming everyone else because you are having a hard time... everyone has them, and everyone has to deal with it. It's not the governments fault... we do not live in a country where the government owns or controls the corporations... sure, they influence them, and our lives, but it is ultimatly up to the individual to make their own choices, and their own way.

    Second, Sarah Palin is exactly what we needed and need. Someone fresh with fresh ideas, and someone that can generate some excitement...

    Also, while I am at it, President Bush is not the devil, he is not evil. He is inherently good, no matter what you think about Iraq. The man he knocked from power was bad... there is no reasonable person that can argue that point. Things may not have gone as planned in Iraq; but I do not believe anyone really expected the people that were liberated would actually turn on their liberators. For simple proof, look at the shoe throwing incident... if he had done that to Saddam, he would have been killed, period. Now, he has the chance to express himself, and then avail himself of a legal system. Is it perfect? No. Can it be? No. Neither is ours, or any other countries, but it is better, and will continue to grow, as long as we do not turn our backs on it.

    Anyways, think about things, instead of preaching hatred and intolerance to "all republicans" and our leaders. You do not have to agree with their point of view, but you should at least listen, and debate like adults, instead of being insulting, and bigoted. I dot not agree with all the posistions of the Republican party, and favor some of the Democratic posistions. Thats the good part of living in the USA. And for that reason, I'm willing to give Obama a chance to prove himself. Time and history will show.

    December 29, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Auriex

    "All those rich old white bigots will be dead in a few years and who will take their place? "

    Unfortunately, it will be their sons/daughters, who are just as rich, and just as blindly committed to protecting their wealth by whatever means necessary.

    From the majority of these posts, I'm realizing something; nobody has any clue WHICH republicans are actually going to that meeting. If the two scenarios are to be believed it will either be:

    1) The Old Guard goes down to further entrench itself to the radical right.

    2) The "new" republicans will be there to try and put as much distance as they can between themselves and their cancerous brethren.

    Two (simplistic) possibilities, two opposite outcomes.

    December 29, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. I think the Republican's should invite Liberman

    I mean he went to their national convention, I think he might have co-wrote that magical nego song

    jail Bill O'Reilly and drug test Rush

    while your at it jail Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Gonzalos, Ashcroft, Powell and Scooter

    December 29, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. dan

    A bunch of desparate morons so detached from reality and it's people...So pathetic!

    December 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. The Prussian

    The irony of politics is that in the end we all lose!

    December 29, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. Proud American

    OK, I just found out the purpose of this meeting is for Republicans to learn the words to "Old Black Joe"

    December 29, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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