December 10th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Duncan announces RNC re-election bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Duncan is out with a Web site to tout his reelection hopes."](CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan officially launched his re-election campaign Wednesday by emailing committee members and launching a sleek new Web site touting his record at the helm of the party.

In a Web video, Duncan advertised his experience running the party machine over the last two years and his understanding of the behind-the-scenes efforts that make the GOP tick, promising to avoid "flash" and focus on the "nuts and bolts" of building up the party's state-by-state grassroots infrastructure and its fluency in new technology.

He also promoted post-election Republican gains in the Georgia Senate race runoff and special elections in Louisiana, calling those wins a "a crushing blow to the Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda."

"It's clear that Republicans still know how to win elections as we build a solid foundation for the 2010 campaign," he said.

Duncan's candidacy has already been pushed online by an anonymous web site - "Keep Mike Duncan as RNC Chairman" - that has attacked Duncan's rivals for the chairmanship, with a particular focus on Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

Duncan and Anuzis are joined in the chairman's race by South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, former Tennessee GOP chair Chip Saltsman and former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele.

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  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The RNC has so much damage control to address from its current leadership, Duncan should consider withdrawing for the good of the party.

    December 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Brandon (Wilmington, NC)

    He can go rot in hell too for all I care...I left the GOP last year and I stand behind Obama. I'm just done with all of you at the top of the GOP machine. You ruined the party and you've got nothing left to stand on.

    December 10, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Linda32

    Duncan is delusional if he thinks the two wins are "crushing blows to Obama...." if 1) Georgia's Senator was an incumbent in a Republican state and 2) Chao was running against a very corrupt person who had $90K in his fridge!!!!!!! Seriously???? Go for it Duncan, I hope you win, lol.

    December 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Steve form Florda

    Why would he even think that he deserves to be re-elected as RNC Chair? He was an abject failure!

    December 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. obama-mama

    Who gives a hoot.

    December 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. the old gaurd has to go

    The conservative values that drew me to the Republican party have been completely abandoned. I don't see anything except hypocrites, liars, and folks who stand by silently while these crooks win elections with name calling and flat out lying. And by crooks I mean, stealing our money, lying to us about what they will do in office, hiring their friends instead of people who know what they are doing, and saying they hate gays when they themselves are the pervert in the men's restroom. Except for the gay bashing they are the epitome of what I feared so long ago about Democrats. What a waste. I really feel like half these guys should be in jail for what they have done to this countries blood and treasure. I definitely don't think this clown should still have anything to do with a paycheck from the Republican party.

    disillusioned, disappointed, and disgusted... in Texas

    December 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. katiec

    Until the republicans admit and face up to what they have done to our country they will hold no credibility. With the diasters we have facing our country they are having fund raisers to "fight the left's agenda"
    regardless whether it will help in our survival.
    Unless they begin putting the American people and our country first
    they have no right to any power.
    Yet they continue their business as usual letting their egos and beliefs outweigh honor and integrity.

    December 10, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Mesa Mick

    The GOP could bring Lincoln back from the dead and make him chairman and it still wouldn't help this pathetic, all white and elitist party.
    The GOP has to severely restrict or altogether dump the "values" of the religious right and prove that they can put the interests of Main Street over Wall Street or they will be put on the trash heap of failed parties for good...

    December 10, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Jeff, Murray, KY

    Heck yeah... re-elect him. He's the best thing that's happened to the democratic party in about 12 years... lol

    December 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Brandon

    All that good republicons should need to know is what joe the plumber thinks of this. If joe is for duncan, then they should be too. After all, he is the heart and soul of the conservative movement, an everyman crushed under the oppressive grip of the socialist nanny state. joe has shown the depth of his intellectual prowess, his "finger on the pulse" grip on the issue sof our time, his deep and abiding integrity, his honesty and moral terpitude. If joe says yes, then it is yes. If not then the gop should nominate joe. Or sarah.

    December 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Godluvr

    The only thing 'clear' is that Republicans know how to stretch the truth to suit their agendas! Both states are racist!

    1. Poor turn out in Louisiana, and the relocation of thousands of citizens of NO and other areas, created a void that was filled by Rep. A win of convenience and opportunity. The accidental politician.

    2. Georgia is a racist state. They, like South Carolina and other 'good old boys networks,' still refuse to move into the 21st Century.

    P-E Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid, not even Jesus can Change them!

    December 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Michael

    Not so fast, Brian. We Democrats love the work he's done in recent years. I think we Dems can all agree, four more years, four more years. Joking aside, I'm surprised Boehner is still Minority Leader. He should be ousted as well. The GOP needs wholesale changes in leadership, including RNC Chair.

    December 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Donald

    This has the (us vs. them) attitude written all over it.

    December 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Brandon

    I think that Mr. Duncan should address the President-elect using his proper title. I also find it comical that Republicans would want to continue his leadership of the party...

    December 10, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Isaac

    Mike WHO!?!?

    December 10, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. karen-phoenix

    Youth, global technological experience and education, education and more education is the ONLY thing that will bring the republican party out of the DARK ages!!!

    December 10, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. JMac

    As a Dem, I hope Duncan wins again!
    Can't wait for Jan 20th.

    December 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Betty the maid

    A RAT IS A RAT IS A RAT......

    December 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. CanIcallyouJoe

    "the Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda."

    How is this any different than the campaign Bush ran in 2004 – the whole "create a false sense of impending terror and then offer the GOP as the only solution" routine?

    December 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Luis

    When you hear fellow republicans,use the word liberal agenda, all it tells me is that the guy knows nothing and all he can do is name calling. Duncan was they guy as the head of the RNC that lost us the election. Let's face it Republican are the party of the people who are fiscally conservative and social moderate. That will win us an election. Duncan claims that we still know how to win elections, come on!!! Wining a Republican Seat, on our own republican state is expected it. The fact that we had to rescue that election on a run-off was lucky. Democrats did not show in the numbers they wanted...that is why we won, not because Duncan did anything spectacular. He is not a leader for the Republican party....we need someone that is not stuck in the past.

    December 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Ken

    Yes, all you neo-tards, PLEASE re-elect this looser to head the RNC.

    Or, if not Duncan, how about Joe the Plumber? Afterall, Joe now dislikes McCain and thinks Palin is "absolutely the real deal", as do so many of the rightwing's disillusioned. He's also proven that he has the vacuous rightwing talking points down pat. Who else could complain that Obama's tax plan would raise his taxes,.... IF his salary were to miraculously jump by a factor of 6! In the current economy that his rightwing bretheren foisted on all of us, he should worry more that his salary will DROP by a factor of 6. LMAO!! This kind of delusional thinking is exactly what it takes to head the RNC.

    December 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. HIstory Repeats Itself

    There is a common thread among most of these candidates running for the RNC chairmainship ... it's a sense of ENTITLEMENT.

    This is a party that needs a new message and an new image. I was amazed to hear that the head of the Tenessee Republican Party was throwing his hat in the ring.

    America, remember and always hold people accountable .... this is the guy that authorized an editted version of Mrs. Obama's "really proud" comment in an effort to paint her as unpatriotic.

    In my opinion, he belongs in the same barrel as Ms. Palin and those that were yelling "kill him" or "terrorist" at those rallys.

    December 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. IndyCindy

    Get the neo-con leaders out of the GOP. They have ruined the Party since hijacking it and using it for their NWO agenda. Since then there is not difference between the two majors parties. That is unless you look at the "written" platforms that are never followed.

    December 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. truth hurts

    georgias senator would not have needed to campaign to win, i'm afraid there is still alot of racism in this state, sad to say.

    December 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Patty

    Shush, Brandon. Go finish your Fruit Loops!

    December 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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