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. Nick The Photographer

    Be very afraid America... evil is stirring.

    December 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    The RNC is dead, may it rest in peace. This party lost its way, when it decided that the party needed to be more like the Democrats.
    Time for all former RNC party members to join Ron Paul, and the Libertarian party in bringing Freedom and Liberty back to the USA.

    December 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Is it being held in the Watergate Hotel? That's awesome.

    Please let Chip "Puff-Dog" Saltzman become chairman of the RNC. That would be gold for Obama and the democrats. When Reid and Pelosi are the rational centrists relative to the RNC chair, that is change.

    December 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    This meeting disturbs me on three levels.

    1. The RNC may actually be trying to wrestle control of the party from the rabid right fascists.

    2. This means days and days of incessant coverage of what's her name.

    3. Russia may use this as an opportunity to invade, since the half-wit will be out of town and unable to see "Putin's head pop up".

    December 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. S. Cook

    Will the "Puff the Magic Dragon" guy be there? And, they wonder why people like don't vote Republican. I agree with their stance on so many issues but you get the idea through so many ways that non-white people are not welcome in their party. Hopefully, Jindal can change all that. I voted for O.. Give me a reason to vote Republican next time around.

    December 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. chris

    Someone should tell David Axelrod that if Isreal as right to defend it's citizens from rocket attacks then the palistinians have a right to free it's people from the prison camps (gaza and the west bank) run by the so called democracy of Isreal.

    December 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Apples for sale

    Are they flying the bars and stars?They have now lost the second civil war and they are madder than a hornet.

    December 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    When any party,(no matter who's),is so badly splittered,that a person who wishes to run for the chairman ,can in public ,state such a "racist" statement,they need a first of it's kind of meeting.
    I hope they work out their problems.
    Saltsman need not show up.They can send him a letter.

    December 29, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Danny in Chicago

    Yeah....thats going to help.....

    Why don't they go out and talk to THE PEOPLE!?!?!?

    They are so backwards...... They will probably do a think tank on what's wrong with their think tanks.....

    December 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Cam, Atlanta

    I revel in the fact that the Republicans are scrambling around like lost children trying to find their way home.

    I also look forward to seeing how many of Obama's campaign strategies the Republicans hijacked and claimed as their own.

    Just like Woolworth...Republicans are out of style!

    December 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. case

    The GOP : GET OBAMA PARTY. The republicans no longer have a platform or relevant agenda. They sole purpose has now boiled down to finding a way to take down Obama. That is a sad state for American politics.

    Maybe at this meeting they can find another way and purpose.

    December 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. BOB

    Meeting held to decide a course of action. Do we hide racism or let it hang out in the open?

    December 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. tylenol666

    By Big Meeting they mean a Poker Game

    Free Palestine!

    December 29, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. David Young

    Will Rush Limbaugh get an open invitation to perform?

    December 29, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Name

    Well, one thing is for certain, the comedians will still be making fun of the GOP while Obama is president!

    December 29, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Matt

    Good for them. That is the change this country truly needs.

    When the democrats go off course, they just redefine their objectives. This radical shift to the left is a perfect example. They have alienated many of their party who held their nose and voted for the incompetent Obama as a last resort.

    December 29, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Conservative liberal

    When does the postpartisan era begin?

    December 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    Oh,dear,dear, whatever became of the Whig party? Methinks that the Republican party is just as feckless and oriented for dissolution! The party of Lincoln dead, oh,dear,dear!

    December 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Rick

    The RNC needs a revamp. The old must go and let the new enter. I am republican but with the recent attitudes in power I'm thinking its time for a change. My personal opinion is to vote out all the republicans and get some fresh new republicans in place and lets reform the party, the old fuddy duds need to go and a new idea must take over. The existing group has run this country into the ground, its time, out with the old in with the new, new ideas, new people a new attitude..........

    December 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. tommy

    Should be some high-powered brain work going on there!

    December 29, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Nadine

    good luck to them. they really need to wipe the slate clean, eliminate any dead waste and re-group, make new decisions, bring back the ideas of the forefathers. People need to be accountable for their actions, limited government, etc. Time to go back to the old ways of thinking, but on a modern scale.

    December 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Help I've Fallen and I Can't Get Back Up

    Charles L. Shaw @ 1:10:
    Yeah Libertarians, that's the ticket. Less goverment regulation of banks, insurance companies and big corporations. Isn't that the Libertarian creed?

    December 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. happy new year

    i think their party is over, too much hate and racism, it will take a long time for people to forget their ugly campaign.

    December 29, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Kid Politic

    Ah–may the best man win this race. I am a Tennessean, but am guessing Michael Steele would make the best chairman.

    By the way, most Tennesseans are not at all like Chip Saltsman. We're hard-working, honest, and do not make fun of people. Instead, we're the victim of cuckoo (yes, cuckoo!) Northerners making fun us. (For totally untrue things!)

    At least we have candidates that have actually voted running in our races, unlike Caroline Kennedy.

    December 29, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Hypocracy has no bounds

    Please people like the democratic party is an better. They are both self serving parties looking out for themselves not the people.

    December 29, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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