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. Janey

    Amazing that Obama is seen by democrats to be the only Chicago politician who "knows nothing about anything corrupt" and is considered to be "above the fray".

    December 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. johny

    Crushing blows to the liberal agenda?? Wow, someone's been slicing from the crazy cake. Let me think - why it was only 30 some odd days ago that the country sent a resounding "GET OUT OF DODGE" message to the party of wing nuts.

    December 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Just keep showcasing what's her name and doing what you have been doing. 'cuz your doing a "heck of a job" Mikey!

    December 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Please Duncan stay on, keep the GOP dead forever.

    December 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Ken

    There is a soon-to-be x-Ill. governor that would be just PERFECT for this position. As we float our scum out of the [D] party, I'm sure they will find refuge somewhere......

    December 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Proud to be American

    Hum....Duncan better consult Rush and Rove .... you know they are the true leaders of the Repug party. They represent the RNC at their best.... Please what ever you do leave Sarah in Alaska ..... Please.

    December 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. GA Independent

    He's done such an excellent job with McCain, Palin, the joke of the convention... Yup. Keep him!

    December 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Colby

    The RNC party (or mess in some circles) should focus on reinventing their foundation of ideology. The once mighty GOP is facing a faux pax of sorts. The most recent setback being the landslide win by Obama and the democrats in this past election. The real 'elephant in the room' is the lack of diversity and progress in the GOP. This is a political ideology that has touted its label with mostly 35 year olds and up white males with an exceptional conservative pitch and tone. If the GOP expects any real growth in the future they will have to address why so few minorities would join their ranks. Having a vintaged dinosaur such as Mike Duncan manning the helm of their committee is not exactly a bustling attraction.

    December 10, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Jackie in Dallas

    The GOP must face that they are DOA without a VIP (very INTELLIGENT politician) as chair. Duncan doesn't quality.

    December 10, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Disgusting Ploy

    Hopefully he gets kept on. What would they do without him? I know that "Real America" would just fall apart without him as the RNC leader.
    But for the rest of us, the 75% of America that are "Fake America" according to FOX News, it'll be a good thing. They can continue their scare tactics and cutthroat business. The rest of us aren't listening, as proven by the recent set of elections. The "Crushing Blow" was simply conservatives running in conservative areas with no opposition. But you go ahead and open your champaigne and enjoy your "Crushing Blow" delivery and consider it a victory if you want. After all, since FOX calls you the "Real America" you must be correct in everything you say, right?
    We'll just keep living in our Fake America where common sense and the laws of physics and economics actually apply.

    December 10, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Grrrrr

    From my experience, there is no such thing as a "Good Republican"

    They quote scripture when convenient for their political cause. Yet ignor all the other scriptures that quote Jesus as saying that you should pay your taxes and sell your possesions to give to the poor. Love thy neighbor and all that. That "sell your possessions and give the money to the poor" is in Revelations. Look it up if you don't believe me.

    December 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Baze

    "a crushing blow to the Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda."

    What a jerk

    December 10, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. endithinks

    If the Republican party wants to stay competitive in this American Democracy they need some serious retooling. Re-electing a man who ran one of the worst campaign seasons ever is not very smart of them to even consider. Think about it, the Republicans not only got blown out of the water at the highest levels, but also they have in two consecutive election cycles lost ground.

    I do want a viable party in opposition to the Democrats as I do think it is healthy for a Democracy to have more than one option, but I do think that the two party system that we have right now is strangling our Democracy with "bad choice A or worse choice B."

    December 10, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. David

    Duncan is doing a great job. Pls keep him in the position. This will guarantee another ladslide victory for democrats in 2010.

    December 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. roy

    The loss in Georgia is a 'Crushing blow' to Obama??
    what's the expression? Oh...LOL!!! HAHAHA

    Itr is funny that, instead of trying to help us out of this mess that the country is in, the Republicans are simply trying to sabotage all progress so THEY can try and win more seats back.....this is the SAD state of politics in this country.


    December 10, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. sick n tired

    Republican= Whig party of the 21st century!!!

    December 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. fred

    Chip Saltsman is the best guy for the job. If not him, than Michael Steele

    December 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown


    December 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. alvino

    I would think the Republicans would want to keep Duncan after their resounding successes this last November.

    December 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Get over it

    Where is Michael Steele when I need him??????

    December 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Brina

    LOL, is he really trying to take credit for creating a sleek website.....from this point on (everybody will be following in Obama's foot steps) matter how they try to deny it.

    December 10, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Scott NYC Independent

    Still out of touch – in pointing out the post election results of the Georgia and Louisiana race what he fails to state is that they were republican strong holds to begin with. So they didn't really gain anything just hung onto what they already had. What he fails to realize is with this age of information sharing the lies, misrepresentation and deception the republican party has relied on for decades will no longer suffice. What he doesn't realize is that competence and skill are the new requirements for office and most Americans don't want to have a beer or coffee with their respective politicians because they want their politicians to be working so hard they don't have time for coffee or a beer to shot the breeze. He just won't get it.

    December 10, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. james


    December 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Mickie

    If I were him, I would not brag about running the party. Does he really think they've dealt of blow to the Dems - does he see how many seats the Dems won from the Repugnicans?

    December 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Phil in KC

    "A solid foundation"? Oh, I love it. Keep building that foundation. Next time, we'll win Georgia, Montana and there will be no need for a recount in MN.

    December 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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