August 1st, 2008
08:55 AM ET
13 years ago

GOP leader to Republican candidates: avoid the convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A GOP congressional leader urged candidates to avoid the party's summer convention."](CNN) - The man spearheading campaign efforts for congressional Republicans has some advice for embattled legislators locked in tough races: stay away from the GOP convention.

In a Thursday conference call with lawmakers and campaign strategists, National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole argued candidates should steer clear of the party’s summer convention in Minneapolis, calling it a “waste of time” in a tough year when every day on the campaign trail counts.

According to a report in The Hill, the Oklahoma congressman urged Republican lawmakers to feel free to criticize the party – including prospective future colleagues, citing dismal congressional approval ratings. “These ratings are worse than we had on the eve of losing the majority,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to say you are disappointed in fellow Republicans… don’t hesitate to be anti-Washington, D.C.’”

Several GOP senators have already announced their plans to skip the Republican National Convention, including Maine Senator Susan Collins and North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, who had a prime-team speaking role at the last RNC.

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    YES WE CAN!!
    OBAMA 2008/2012

    August 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. al





    August 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Huh? I don't get it. Why do they want to avoid their own convention? Is the Republican party THAT bad...horrible.

    August 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Dissapointed Democrat, New York

    I can't post anywhere in any article about Obama or Hillary. And perhaps, it's a blessing in disguise: I don't like Obama. Period. And I can't even mention it in any conversation anywhere because I get frowned upon. Like they don't know if I am crazy, stupid, a racist or what. Obama's supporters almost view him as Messiah-like. Did anybody ever think he could be Antichrist-like. Note: I am not saying he is either a Messiah or an Antichrist. I said LIKE (metaphor, not simile.) Obama supporters will stomp on ANYBODY who has a DIFFERENT opinion.

    August 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Unshrub

    Vote the bums out, elected new ones.

    August 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Thomas, Illinois

    Wow....Sounds like an exciding convention....

    August 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. the new idea!!!!

    we have not seen anything yet....just wait until MSM starts running the fact that McCain has taken MILLIONS from big Oil. that he has LOBBYIST like Frank Donatelli-EXXON and Charlie Black-Occidental Petro. running his campaign. Just wait until the truth of McCain comes out!

    August 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    WOW! Stay away from this convention and don't even bother having another one in four years! Your friggin' reign of terror is over! The deal is going down!

    August 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Nom Deplume

    Ridge would be an excellent choice, but no one knows if Ridge wants it or is even seriously considered. Ridge also may suffer from not being "conservative enough" for the truly hard right.

    August 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Andrew

    Crush may be slightly misinformed

    It does take 60 votes in the Senate and no Vetos in Congress.

    However Matt may NOT know this because he is a moron.

    August 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. REG in AZ

    Typical, when it is their individual interests on the line they are willing to buck their party. Had they been willing to do that for the peoples interests and not solidly back Bush-Cheney all along, we wouldn't have the mess we have now. Their actions now indicate they admit that fault and they should just come out and say it so people can believe where they now stand.

    August 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. badmedia

    Sounds like they want them to act like Ron Paul. Since he was the only candidate who actually had any real support and fund raising success.

    If the GOP had any sense about them and actually cared about winning they would have McCain drop out for medical reasons and nominate Ron Paul.

    August 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Nom Deplume

    WE need state's rights now more than ever. Than we can at least limit the creep of socialism and political correctness at the state border.

    Yesterday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that religious jokes were a form of discrimination. I am not kidding, look it up.

    Closer and closer to Thoughtcrimes, courtesy of the marxist-leninist thinking on the left. Take back America? Indeed, take it and turn it into the socialist utopia. Don't let Eastern Europe's, Russia's, or Asia's history be a deterrent.

    This attorney is buying land in a solidly red state and stockpiling ammo while it is still legal.

    August 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Casey

    I agree with Christopher, Madison, WI, the Republicans have blocked and filibustered almost everything in the past two years. The problem is that most americans don't understand that. When the Dems tried to block right-wing judges from being posted on the Supreme Court, all we heard on the evening news was that the Dems were obstructionists and that the Republicans were going to force votes by using the nuclear option. Now that the Republicans are blocking votes left and right, we don't hear anything about it. I partially blame the media for not covering this as a story, I also partially blame the Dems for not reminding the people that they're not threatening to take away the Republican's filibuster rights, but then again, I also blame the American people for not giving the Dems the majorities they needed in the first place to fix this country.

    August 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. JM

    It's almost like unless the congress and senate and the president are all the same party nothing gets done. And if they are there is no real oversight.

    This congress does not have the 60 votes needed in the senate to overcome a Bush veto . That is in large part why nothing gets done .

    August 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Fed up with the lies

    Turn out the lights; the party's over. To the GOP, save your money for four years from now and hope Obama will fall on his face. Which he won't so you better put your money in a 10 year IRA.

    Obama '08 and '12

    August 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    The GOP Convention in Minneapolis WILL BE a complete waste of time! The Republicans finally get it! McCain will NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT in this lifetime! Get over it!

    August 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Bulldog

    Why the hell does everyone think the Republicans are pushing hard for offshore drilling all of a sudden? Because the Bush term is almost over! They are getting desperate. Don't fall for their scams.

    I watched the Senate debate on oil yesterday and the Democrats introduced at least 3 bills to try to help lower gas prices and the Republicans said no each time because their bill did not include offshore drilling.

    So this is it. If the Republicans cannot have offshore drilling they will block each and every energy bill that will help bring down gas prices or help to create alternative energy sources. This is there strategy.

    Don't fall for it. They are scam artists. How many times to they have to prove before people quit falling for these Rebublican lies. All they really care about is Big Oil and Big Corporations.

    Isn't it funny that John McCain received $1 million dollars from Texas oilmen right after he changed his position on offshore drilling. Hmmmm. If that's not obvious I don't know what is.

    August 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Tom, St. Paul

    The convention will be held in St. Paul, not Minneapolis. Just wanted to set the record straight so the would-be conventioneers avoid the right city.

    August 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Susan

    Runnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!Hide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. The people know the truth of how they were screwed by us for the past 71/2 years!!!!! God, what a pitful bunch the Republicans are.

    August 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Franky

    Hmmmm, let me see...

    Since High School, I've followed politics. I've had debates with my teachers protecting these guys, I TRUSTED the war, I had confidence in our energy, etc. Hmmm, I wonder if it makes a difference or not??? You know what, no it doesn't...

    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. sherry for Obama




    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. mitchell hussein martin

    If you are against Obama then you are a racist!!!

    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. David Newport, OR

    Say whatever you need to do to get re-elected. Do whatever is necessary. We will understand. is a novel idea. How about if you did your job well you might have a chance of being re-elected. If you failed miserably...why should you be given another chance. Why people can't look at how they are doing and ask themselves, "Am I better off today than last yr? Than 3 yrs ago? Than 8?" If your answer is no, why would you continue to support those that helped solidify what is happeneing with our nation today. Politicians on both sides are failing miserably. You have control. Do you want it to continue to fail?

    August 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Themanwhosawtommorow

    To Republicans,

    You can run but you can't hide!

    August 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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