December 29th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

First-of-its-kind RNC meeting to be held in Washington

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="RNC chair Mike Duncan faces a tough race to keep the top spot."](CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee are planning to hold a Washington forum for candidates to lead the party – the first time they have held an official meeting not arranged by the national party.

The meeting, first reported by The Hill, was the brainchild of North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth and nearly two dozen RNC members from 18 states, according to the RNC counsel’s office.

Most of those are supporters of one of the challengers to current RNC chair Mike Duncan. The newly-scheduled forum – which was not arranged by national leadership, headed by Duncan - may give a boost to these candidates, who will get an opportunity to make their pitch to the members of the national committee.

Under RNC rules, a minimum of 16 members from 16 different states is required to hold an official meeting – but CNN has not been able to find any prior instance when this rule has been invoked.

The meeting comes in a week of faceoffs and public grillings for RNC chair hopefuls - some open to the public, others private events for conservatives and party members.

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  1. Dexter Skagway

    Actually, I would love to see a more intellectual conservatism arise from the ashes of the Bush-Rove-Limbaugh-Cheney-Gingrich-Ashcroft-Coulter-Fox News-Savage-Palin catastrophe. All the anti-intellectual hate-mongering just has to go. America is in the midst of a major set of changes, and we need the best minds of all sides to be at the forefront, not the demagogues and yokel chummers. Hate mongering must end and true political discourse needs to begin again.

    But I doubt that will happen.

    December 29, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Lindsey

    The reason people don't vote republican is because the GOP uses logic and reasoning to support their positions. Most Americans can't follow that so they just vote for whoever speaks well and promises to give them stuff. Here's how I understand Obama's platform:
    Economy: We'll fix it by getting more involved in something we've already screwed up once.
    Taxes: If you're too poor to pay taxes, I'll give you some of this guy's. If you're rich I need to give your money to the other poor guy.
    National Security: I'll make you safer by scaling back the military.
    The Environment: We'll make up a crisis like global warming and then stop it.
    Gay Marriage: We'll make it 100% legal and then allow humans to marry animals. Why does marriage have to be between two humans?
    Abortion rights: Let's keep the status quo because it's not murder if the baby is really, really young.

    December 29, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. P. D.

    So, the GOP is starting to realize their future is limited. Well, duh! Sarah Palin's hateful rhetoric, combined with the Religious Rights influence has finally had it's verdict. NO! My daughter, her friends(all under the age of twenty) will never vote for a Republican in their lives. Good job GOP! Oh, by the way, Barack the Magic Negro, will have droves joining your party! (Snark)

    December 29, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Ravi in MO

    How can ANYONE possibly defend a song with the title "Barack the Magic Negro"? Don't these Southern White folks realize that they lost the Civil War over 100 years ago, and that Jim Crow became terminally ill over 40 years ago? And now they want to call a meeting so they can talk about how much they hate Black people and complain about how the "dumb" people and the States put Barack in the house.

    December 29, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. Apples for sale

    Are they meeting to figure out what to do about Mike Connells Death?What really happened to Mike Connell? His plane ran out of gas just short of the runway the day before he was to testify.

    December 29, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    We're all watching how you handle the Chip Saltsman situation!!!

    And how you handle Limbaugh for running this trash over and over!!!

    Then again, maybe we should do one on Bush!!! At least that would be based on facts!!!

    December 29, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Chuck in NH:

    Thanks for proving our point – in spades!!!

    December 29, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Walt

    Ther are now three wars going on in the Middle East. Is this meeting about starting another one with Iran to complete the circle?? GWB and DC have wanted this for some time. May as well go out in a blaze of glory!!! Typical Republican rendition.

    December 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. clifford

    The Georgia senate race with Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss winning over Democrat Jim Martin was a must win for Democrat's and they spent a ton of money on it. They wanted that filibuster proof senate seat but failed. Why? They were depending on Obama's political coat tails for the win but the blacks didn't go vote because as they figured; two white men running why bother? This last national election proved that blacks are the most racist group in history! They left Hillary Clinton's camp like "Grant took Richmond"!! The African American electorate was galvanized into registering and voting nearly 100% for Obama; a man who voted 90% in the senate as "present" instead of making a decision! So they knew nothing about him other than he LOOKED black! The votes for Obama were an example of bloc voting by race that totally mocked the idea that this was a "post racial" election! In fact this was the most racially based race ever!! This whole Obamamania myth is the perfect example of "the fewer the facts the stronger the opinon!! The Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss Georgia win was proof that the GOP is far from dead and will win lanslide elections in 2010!!

    December 29, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. Ray

    Chuck in NH:

    I'm glad you are open enough to side with Democrats on some issues. I myself, though Democrat, side with Republicans on some issues. Still, based on much of what you said, you are brainwashed.

    Yours is the same old "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" speech. It's tired, and by now even you must know it's not true. The government and corporations together weigh the rules so heavily in the favor of the wealthy that we peons don't get anything close to an even break. Wake up, smell the coffee, and recognize you're being taken advantage of and your wealth robbed.

    Iraq was no threat to us. Our leaders, including Bush, lied. Not a mistake, a lie. The result was an immoral, murderous and costly war. It's the biggest mistake my country has made in my lifetime. Maybe ever.

    Palin was the scariest potential leader I've ever seen. She was just smarter than a rock, and if 40-some percent of Americans had their way, she would be one step away from leading our nation. It actually makes me sad and sick to think about it.

    You may say I'm "preaching hatred". But I'm just telling the truth. That's the problem with this crazy spin these days – telling the truth is somehow being hateful. I don't agree.

    December 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. Mark Senak

    It is time for the Republican party to move to identify itself. Does it stand with right wing conservatives or does it stand for America?

    December 29, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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