January 7th, 2009
07:49 AM ET
9 years ago

RNC members call 'special meeting' on chair race

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is among six vying for Republican National Committee chairman.

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is among six vying for Republican National Committee chairman.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With six different candidates jockeying to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, members of the party have taken the unique step of organizing a so-called “Special Meeting” of the committee to press the candidates on how they plan to bring the party back to power.

The session will take place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, marking the third straight day candidates have met face-to-face with committee members to make their pitches.

Unlike recent contests for the chairmanship, in which the party leader has been recommended by President Bush, this year’s wide-open race has been a protracted affair combining old-school deal-making with modern technology and the advice of some of the Beltway’s best political consultants.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans had the worst two candidates in history during this election period that put Americans on notice about what they stand for and it destroyed their party. There is no place for hate and division when the world is moving forward.

    January 7, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Super D

    In due time. History is almost certain to repeat itself as it did in '94.

    First 2 years of Clinton in office, then BAM! Total loss of the Legislative Branch that the DEMS had controlled for decades.

    America will have to learn again is that you cannot trust a Democrat in the White House. As we are already seeing, it's not about the country, it's about Democrat power, with all this non-sense about the vacant Obama senate seat.

    I also think it's getting obvious, with all the stuff going on in the Middle East etc.....Obama is so in over his head, he hasn't a clue of what to do.

    January 7, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. TCM


    You have a good point there; as a republican and staunch conservative, I 'd like to see the country succeed...Obama as well. Hopefully he'll get guidance. Having The three-headed evil monster of Pelosi, Reid and Emanuel in his ear is where the danger is....

    Obama would've better served his country as a member of the cabinet; not as president. I believe he's got charisma, and foreign countries seem to like him...so, he'd do well "making nice," relations with other countries.

    Instead, we're stuck with him as president, surrounding himself with what he thinks are people looking out for the interest of the country...far from the truth.

    If he wanted to prove he's all about the country, and not just lip servicing the right, he should've extended a position to Palin...not that she'd have accepted it, however, could've brought the country more together instead of perpetuating the ongoing divide....

    January 7, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Soccer Nana


    You've got to be kidding? Offer a position to Palin? I'm sorry; PE Obama doesn't pal around with people who do not represent ALL Americans.

    January 7, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. chuck


    January 7, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Nora L in CA

    The Republican Party should have a woman run it. They need to stop with all the HATE. If you are a woman, african american, gay, latino – this party offers you NOTHING but HATE.

    The party is not for the "average Joe" they are for millionaires. George Bush was the WORSE President in my lifetime. Bill Clinton was the Best.

    You need NEW, YOUNG, DIVERSE PEOPLE in your party – get rid of the old white men.

    January 7, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Laverne

    Maybe Michael Steele will get the position since the republicans are trying to pretend that they embrace diversity, NOT. I hope the republicans are in the wilderness for the next 20 years and then just maybe they will see America for what is really is a diverse nation ready for CHANGE!

    January 7, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. liz

    @Turnabout is Fair Play, "three houses of Congress"?

    January 7, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Mike, Atlanta

    LMAO.....The GOP's are a MESS!

    January 7, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    The failure of the Republican Party is the extreme 'Christian' hate wing of the party that continues their policy of seperation and division. The GOP's true conservative roots of balanced budgets, smaller government, and less taxes resonates with Americans. But everytime I have thought about voting GOP, there is some moral majority talking head spewing hate and that is just a turnoff for true moderates.

    January 7, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Charles


    The richest five people in Congress are all Democrats...

    January 7, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Ken

    @TCM and Super D: you need look no further than the mirror if you want to know why there is an ongoing divide in this country. It is one thing to put up with the typical uber-partisan nonsense from rightwingers like you two, but the deluded hypocrisy that your ilk now spews towards our new president-elect and the [D] congressional leadership is really beyond all reckoning, as they are trying to correct the very problems that YOU caused by blindly supporting 8+ years of abject [R] failure in the executive and legistlative branches.

    I'm all for closing the divide. But people - voters and politicians alike - must admit and take responsibility for their mistakes. Obviously leaders in both parties make mistakes; but YOU, the [R]s, are the ones that have been in exclusive power for the majority the last 8 years, and it is YOU that must man-up and take responsibility for the pathetic state the country is in now. That you and your party's leaders continue to deflect blame to B. Clinton, the [D]s, and even PE Obama (before he has even taken office!) for every problem that [R] policies and power have so obviously brought on this country is a sure sign of a dysfunctional party catering to its dysfunctional rightwing base. I for one refuse to close the divide with that dysfunctionality; my family and my country deserves so very much better than that.

    January 7, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Turnabout is Fair Play

    liz January 7th, 2009 10:19 am ET

    @Turnabout is Fair Play, "three houses of Congress"?

    Yes liz, collectively, the Executive branch, the Judicial Branch, and the House of Representatives are commonly called the "Three houses of Congress". I should say "Three branches of Congress" to be more PC. 🙂

    January 7, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Sue T

    hey republicans why all the bashing of the democrat's? You say all democrat's are corrupt? Let me remind you of NIXON, now that's what I call corrupt and he was a Republican............so watch what you say about us democrat's...........

    January 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. james

    Take a page out of Barry Goldwater`s book. He was a true Republican in my book.

    January 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. IMO

    Charles January 7th, 2009 10:20 am ET


    The richest five people in Congress are all Democrats…

    You're wrong, they are not all Dems, out of the top six 3 are repubs 3 are dems. Can't win by facts you repubs like to pull lies from your arse, don't you?

    January 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Larry in Houston

    WOW ! by reading some of these comments, it makes you wonder....

    That TCM guy has nothing but hate & garbage coming out of his mouth ! He or (she) isn't worth giving a rebuttal ! (sounds like a real idiot)

    Bush was the worst / not to mention the Dumbest one…..Then NIXON was the 2nd worst……Bush # 1 wasn't exactly good, either……He was also a puppet for the Republicans…..

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas
    (where money is still flowing like water)
    (no recession here)

    January 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Soccer Nana January 7th, 2009 10:03 am ET
    "PE Obama doesn't pal around with people who do not represent ALL Americans."

    Oh, you mean like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers?

    January 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Mike, Syracuse NY

    SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS January 7th, 2009 7:55 am ET
    The GOP is light years away from returning to be a viable party with intellingent ideas.

    The Republicamn Party will make gains in both houses of Congress in 2010. Why? Because as the current chaos over Burris, Richardson, Penata, etc. shows, keeping Dems focused is like herding cats. The Reps don't have to do anyrthing except wait for the inevitable infighting which has already started. The 'benefit' of being the party of diversity is that you are the party of a dozen special interests (Blacks, gays, liberals, etc..) all of whom have their own agenda and think it's their turn now.

    January 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Phoenix

    The black vote needs to rebel on both the Democrats and the Republicans. I am not crazy about the racist Independents either. It's amazing to me how Steele couldn't get the Republicans to give him an ounce of respect until they began to violate people of color. I hope blacks do not allow themsevles to be used by either party. Remember, each party is filled with rich, white men who are present to only serve their interests. The Democrats believe they deserve a pat on the back for recognizing Obama's potential. Get outa here..

    January 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Turnabout is Fair Play January 7th, 2009 9:13 am ET
    The Weatherman is the epitomy of why the Repugnicans lost this election in almost all three houses of Congress and will lose even more in 2010. It's a good thing.

    Sorry to burst your fantasy world, but there are 3 branches of government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial. There are two houses of Congress: Senate and House of Representatives. If you represent the average Democrat, it won't be long before Republicans are back in power.

    January 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. anne

    I agree with Clifford, Michael Steele would be my choice. I have listen to him enough that I think he is straight forward and will have the American peoples best interest in mind.

    January 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Soccer Nana

    "Mike, Syracuse NY January 7th, 2009 10:58 am ET

    Soccer Nana January 7th, 2009 10:03 am ET
    "PE Obama doesn't pal around with people who do not represent ALL Americans."

    Oh, you mean like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers?"

    No, I mean like you, Sarah Palin, Chip Saltzman, Lush "oxycontin" Dumbaugh, Ann Coultergeist, Sean Insanity, Billy-Bob O'Reilly, G. Gordon Liddy, Cheney-the-indicted-sitting-VP, Carl Rove, Joe Vogler (deceased) founder of the Alaska Independent Party.

    January 7, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Mari

    @ TCM....... let's get the FACTS STRAIGHT:

    Congress BOTH House & Senate have been under Republican control from January 1994 through January 2007! During that time the Republican Congress did all they could to DE-regulate to help out their banking friends and Wall Street!


    Also UNLESS or UNTIL the Republicans lose the haters like Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Savage, Reagan, etc. and Faux News they will continue to LOSE.


    As long as the Republicans continue their vile campaigns, we, the People, will reject their brand of politics! WHY? Because, Americans, are a fair, decent people and we are sick and tired of the hate the GOP spews!

    January 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. clifford

    Turnabout is fair play: I am patient with stupidity but not with those that are proud of it as you are! The Republican comeback already began with Republican Saxby Chambliss winning the senate seat in Georgia and with Republican congressman Anh "Joeseph"Cao winning in the heart of Liberal country in New Orleans Louisiana ! The Democrat's poured a ton of money in the Georgia race and still lost proving that Obama has NO political coat tails. In the case of Cao he beat long term Democratic Congressman William Jefferson WITH a predominately black electorate Remember him? He pocketed $500,000 in bribe money and the FBI found $90,000 in his freezer!! DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU SPOUT OFF!!

    January 7, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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