December 8th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Saltsman formally jumps into RNC race

(CNN) - Another Republican on Monday jumped into the race to head the Republican National Committee.

Chip Saltsman, the former head of the Tennessee Republican Party and the former campaign manger of Mike Huckabee's White House bid, said Monday he's best positioned to rebuild the party following its bruising defeats on Election Day.

“As Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, campaign manager for a Republican presidential campaign, and business owner, I know how to compete and how to win,” he said. “Our party needs new and energetic leadership to rededicate ourselves to conservative principles, to regain the American voter's trust, and to set the stage for a dramatic turnaround in 2010 and beyond.”

Saltsman faces a long list of challengers: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have already declared they are seeking Duncan's job.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. NotNowOrEver

    Someone had the nerve to suggest that the former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, could be the Republican's 'Obama.' As an African-American, let me tell you that I'm not feeling it. It will take more than another black person to fill the shoes of my great new President! I question his Steele's judgment and integrity, in light of the past election. What were they (Black Republicans) thinking, to sit silently, and let that awful spirit of a person (Palin), spew out so many inflamatory remarks! Trust me when I say to you, that these 21st Century Repubs are in a league of their own – alone! As their base tries to grow, we will continue to increase, and outnumber them!

    Give it up for the Democrats!

    December 8, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Commilla

    Who cares if she snubbed her. Why is Oprah so important.. She picked politcal talk to show to talk on .... which makes since. She's a politician

    December 8, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Proud American from New England

    The Republicans have proven themselves over the last 8 years and our once great nation lies in ruin.

    They are a disaster for the planet and all living things.

    December 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Kid Politic

    I, being a Tennessean myself, believe Chip Saltsman is the most qualified and the most able man in the race.

    Oh, and by the way, Palin '12!

    December 8, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. sunshine

    republicans tried to make fools out of the american voters, AMERICA SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR. as far as i am concerned your party is over.

    December 8, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. mark

    fyi talents George Washington wasn't a Christian he was a deist. And conservatives dont keep this country alive AMERICANS ! do period.

    And as a christian it humors me how the settlers came here years ago to escape religious persecution and here were are centuries later and we're doing the same thing to others. I believe in Christ and He's my savior. But tryin to set up the United States as some type of fascist theocracy doesnt win souls and it further perpetuates the non believers misconception of Christians, dogmatic, over zealous, myopic, hypocritcal bigots that have a superiorty complex.

    December 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Mike Dallas

    "rededicate ourselves to conservative principles"

    Did you reptiles in the repug party not realize that America just voted in the most LI BERAL congressman in the office of the President??

    What part of America's rejection of all you bible thumping bigots did you not understand?

    December 8, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Karen - Missouri

    There's nothing anyone can do right to save the RNC. They should just shut up and lay low for awhile.

    December 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. willow55

    Saltsman, as a fellow Tennessean, you need to stop promoting the "Southern Strategy". It won't work much longer. Now you've lost Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina. The ad you ran against Harold Ford was despicable. The GOP just had to play the race card here because Ford was gaining ground. Now we are stuck with Corker who wants to destroy the Big Three and take 64,000-90,000 jobs out of Tennessee. Stay home, Saltsman the GOP IS DEAD. There aren't enough electoral votes in the deep south.

    December 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. GA for Obama

    Talents- stop hating. there's no one more qualified than Barack Obama to lead at this time

    December 8, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Steve in Las Vegas

    I wouldn't talk to Oprah either. Prehaps Sarah's not as dumb as the media's told people she is.

    December 8, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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