December 3rd, 2008
05:56 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC chair Duncan to decide future this weekend

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Duncan torn on whether to run for another term as head of RNC."]
(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan told CNN he will spend the coming weekend deciding whether to run for another term at the helm of the GOP, and could announce his decision Monday.

Duncan said he is torn about what to do - he said he likes his job very much, but also feels it may time for him to return home to Kentucky after being at the RNC for eight years.

Duncan's deliberations come as several other Republicans are publicly eying his post, following two straight election cycles during which the GOP suffered stinging defeats.

Duncan has steadily risen through the ranks of the RNC over the last decade. In 2001 he was elected the committee's treasurer and was named general counsel in 2002.  In 2007, President Bush tapped him to replace outgoing RNC chairman Ken Mehlman.

If he enters the race, Duncan will face a long list of challengers: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Mike Huckabee campaign manager and ex-Tennessee Republican party Chairman Chip Saltsman, and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have already declared they are seeking Duncan's job.

An RNC source close to Duncan later called to say the announcement may not come until later next week.

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. boered1

    shoot the messanger no wonder the repubs cannot get theis stuff together.. but it probably is a good idea I am SURE he will have a tremendous severance package....

    December 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Go away dude and let new fresh minds take control.

    December 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. ran

    First get ride of the far right wing of the party and start to include others. Second get ride of their single minded agenda (no abortions/no gay rights). If the RNC does these 2 simple things they may get back in the game otherwise not.

    December 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    He ought to go jump off a cliff for allowing the party to have been pushed so far to the right and for having run the distraction-laden negative campaigns it has been running!!!!! DISGRACEFUL!!!!!

    December 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    After seeing how lousy the Republican campaign was this year...I think this guy needs to go back to Kentucky! I never saw such a lousy ideology and campaign...the RNC should be ashamed of itself as well as its leaders!

    December 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Stephen H.

    Duncan resign... the future of the party has to be broader... we have to have two national parties not a national party and a backwoods party. I really hope they pull together, because if our nation becomes a one party system we turn into russia

    December 3, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. billy-bayou

    Scott, Wichita:

    If you honestly believe anyone on the left is "enlightened" you are in serious need of some education. If the left were enlightened they would be scrambling to get out of Washington prior to Nov. 20 at high noon... LOL

    December 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Desert Storm Vet

    I say good riddence, if this is the best you can do for the party- move a little closer to the left. Wrong answer.

    December 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. MsRotten

    Maybe SaRahRahRah wants the job!! lmao. That will surely put the nail in the RNC's coffin.

    December 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Ryan - Reality, MI

    The Republican Party will be stronger than ever after these Democrats have their turn in office. The Democrats are monday morning quarterbacks. They moan and complain about every decision Republicans made. Now that they are in control they will have to act like grown ups and actually make the hard decisions themselves.

    December 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Fred the moderate

    Why not. The fat lady sang and the nation is moving on from nasty partisan politics. We have to work together as a nation again, free from Rovian/Atwater like doctrine. We can breath again and talk again. We can plan together again like civil people. Is'nt it wonderful.

    Finally some HOPE !!

    Go Obama

    December 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Leo

    GA for Obama – Let me guess you are either...
    A disgruntled Housewife
    A minority with a chip on shoulder
    A college student
    Out of Work
    Liberal Elitist
    Elder who forgot about American Values

    December 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. GA not for Obama

    Easy folks, no way Republicans have a monopoly on spite, hate and bigotry. Spend a few minutes poking around the posts from the Republican hating CNN readers on these Comment lists and you will see. If it doesn't become apparent very quickly then you're not thinking clearly.

    The Republican party needs a bit of a makeover and plenty of post-Bush damage control. A new leader for the RNC might be a step in that direction.

    December 3, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Duncan & Palin

    As a Dem I hope he runs. I hope he does everything exactly the way he did it for the 2008 campaign. Kudos Mike, you did a great job. Don't forget to call up Sarah and have her on the campaign trail as soon as possible. Schedule another Katie Couric interview, that would be great.

    December 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Dan, PA

    I hate to gloat, but what did he do? John McCain, Sarah Palin, Huckabee–a bunch of characters. The only thing I missed is the 3 ring circus.

    December 3, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. bd

    Please please please stop discussing blogs postings on CNN. I have no interest whatsover what some random person in Witchita Kansas thinks.

    I watch CNN for YOUR news reports and commentary. Why am I watching television to see what some people are writing on the internet? Are you kidding me? It's actually painful to listen to someone's absurd and often insightless posting.

    I love watching CNN. I turn the channel the second someone begins discussing some blog posting.

    If I want to know what is being posted to the internet, I would actually go the internet.

    Please go back to reporting the news!

    December 3, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't blame Duncan because the GOP is supporting stupidity which has already set them up for failure.

    December 3, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Erick in Alabama a loyal Obama supporter

    scott, get over it! we, the democrats took our country back from the hands of foolish snobbish people like you! So suck it up buddy!

    December 3, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Noneya

    I was taught many, many years ago that public office in the US was originally not intended as a 'career', so I am amazed at how many opportunities exist today for career politicians (for *all* parties). Perhaps we should look at this as one of the problems – public office isn't what people do for the good of the country anymore, it is a way to get wealthy...

    December 3, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Stick Around Duncan--you'll love 2012

    As you saw in Georgia yesterday, Sarah Palin swept Saxby Chambliss into office via a small landslide.

    She's just warming up and you'll see her replace Obama in 2012 as he fails to revive the economy and fails to deal with terrorism.

    What a woman!!!

    December 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. no bailouts

    the republican party is one no one wants to be invited to. turn out the lights the party is over.

    December 3, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Badger

    It wasn't his fault. W has driven out the moderate repubs.

    December 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Cori from Colorado

    I agree with Matthew from Houston about Scott's's hypocritical.

    December 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |

    god i wish they all fewlt that way // get some fresh new blood running the country
    OUT WITH THE OLD TOADS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Milhouse van Houten

    Another member of the GOP that has seen the handwriting on the wall,time to get when the gettings good.

    December 3, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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