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. GloomBoomDotCom

    Duncan has been awesome and I hope he stays. It is not his fault that McCain lost, it is Bush's fault. Hang in there big guy!!

    December 3, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Paul C.

    The Republican Party needs to do what Bill Buckley said before he died, "go out into the forest and heal". Now Scott from Wichita I wouldn't expect any rational thought from a simpleminded moron who comes from mediocrity. You people on the right are so pitiful, you make these idiotic judgments like that when it is the right that is spiteful, uninformed, mob mentality, hating and bigoted. You people are so pathetic! I haven't seen this much denial since the Nuremburg trials! But there is an ironic comparison between Nazi ideology and neoconservatism. And like Nazism, neconservatism has been defeated to the point where it will be a generation before the Republican Party ever hopes to get a significant majority in government and the american people. Until then little insects like Scott will continue to howl at the moon, making fools of themselves and turning away rational intelligent thought to that of apemen. But that's what the right is! Watch the beginning of 2001 A Space Odyssey and look at the pre man apes, it almost looks like the GOP Convention a few months ago!

    December 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Brandon

    America needs a divorce

    December 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Former republican army wife

    So, the republican party is in trouble, and rather than fix it like a dedicated republican would, he would rather run away? This is ridiculous. Stand by your convictions, stand by your party, don't run, put your nose to the grindstone, and get to work fixing it. It's easy to cut and run. A persons true colors show in a time of crisis. The crisis is here. Now it's time to either shine, or show your true inner self and run run run. Pathetic. He should be fired for not standing up and saying I AM HERE TO GET THIS FIXED! I hope that after his time of reflection as to whats best for HIM, that he decides to stay, and they say "Thanks but no thanks, we don't want someone not fully committed".

    December 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. HP

    "Disband the Republican party and start over from scratch."

    Aye, Charles.

    December 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Godluvr

    Go back to your ol' Kentucky home sir! The demise of your party was not all your fault, you had a lot of help from SP

    LIGHT of the World, Shine your LOVE in US!

    December 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. vahe

    gop is going down for good

    December 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    sorry Scott but the far right extremists have the corner on spiteful, hating, bigoted comments. Watch Limbaugh, Billy, and Hannity if you don't believe me! Or better yet just read some of the stuff posted HERE on CNN!

    December 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Rush Lameduck

    Duncan and Scott,in Wichita can retire and share a jug of corn squeezins,while sittin on his porch.Hows that Scott?

    December 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. joe

    Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has not yet seen the light?

    The latino senator in florida has and is not going to run again......

    what's up with steele?

    December 3, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Meron

    So, if all these Republicans are not planning to seek re-election, who is going to replace them?? I hope it won't be Palin.

    December 3, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Lauren

    There you go Dems,,,, slam away,,, I am sure you will not have any constructive comments,,, only smears. After all, there is already one slam against Palin.....

    Might as well show how immature you all are and start calling Duncan names like you have the rest of the Republican party for the last 6 months.

    December 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. jessica

    no women applying for the job???

    December 3, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. SJC

    To Scott, Wichita,

    In contrast to the loving, open-minded, tolerant commentary from the "intellectual right" as spoken by Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Bob Grant, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.

    Hey Scott, I do admire the courage it took submit your post considering that it's borderline illiterate.

    December 3, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Lauren @ 7:34

    Another rushpublican "straw man" argument.

    Speaking of smears, which of the myriad of hateful garbage, spewed by your party against Obama to you want to rehash?

    December 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    So Lauren is this kind of like the pot calling the kettle.........oh I think you get the message!

    December 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Tony in Oregon

    He should stay. I want the Republicans to go down to defeat again in 2010!!! OBAMA ROCKS!

    December 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Barbara in NC

    What's with the repubs? Do they know their days are numbered or what? Another one about to give it up and find a real job. Ha ha ha hahaha

    At least they can no longer attempt to divide, smear, and ruin our country.

    December 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Corey, Minneapolis

    If Duncan runs again, he won't win. Especially after what he and his cronies did to all the Ron Paul people.

    December 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Cynthia

    Good for her! If the story was that she talked with caller and the call turned out to be a stupid prank call, we would probably see these same hateful comments.

    December 3, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. You don't need to know my name

    The Dems have not been calling the GOP names, Lauren, they have just been telling the truth!

    December 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. EJ from St. Louis

    To Lauren and any other folks that think the Dems and others give the far right a BEATING here....I suggest you go and read most of the posts on the FNews website where the left, center, and ANYBODY that supports Obama take quite a beating over there. Trust me you'll either change your mind about CNN or you'll feel right at home there.

    December 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Matt

    Everyone admits that Fox News is in the Republicans corner is this formally saying that CNN is for the Democrats? So much for journalism. Not that anyone was confused on this issue anyway.

    December 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Jimmie

    I would personally like to see Lt. Gov. Michael Steele get the job. He's a very capable, smart man. In fact, I would love to see Steele run for Governor of Maryland in 2010 against unpopular incumbent Martin O'Malley. It's pretty obvious, in my opinion, that Mr. Steele is one of very few African American Republicans who could make it very far in politics.
    Whether you like the Republicans or not, right now you have to give the guy a lot of credit. Lt. Gov. Steele looks to be the best suited to run for position. As an independent voter, I'm hoping he runs in 2010 and beats the pants off of rotten O'Malley! If he becomes RNC Chairman, it could be a stepping stone to the governorship.


    December 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. dude

    That guy should decide to lose the hair piece. Congress should outlaw those things. That is change i can believe in!

    December 3, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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