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. Kwesoe

    It has been moved by John McCain, sceonded by George W. Bush that the GOP be dissolved. All in favor say "Aye."
    Motion carried.

    December 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Pablo

    Chip Saltsman for chairman! He best represents the GOP–divisiveness, old-school white boy racism, and arrogance. Did I mention stupidity? With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    December 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Richard Rohde

    Sandy, we can get ACORN to help to a Chicago style count and we will end up with three to four times more than actually exist.

    December 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Bill

    The republicans have never cared for the little guy which of course is different from the democrats and John Kerry who say they are just like me. I do not live in a million dollar mansion and do not spent $400 on a manacure. With Reid and Pelosi at the helm, the republican party will be back very soon.

    December 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. carol

    That should prove to be a wonderful meeting of the minds then....they need to disperse as a party and first join the 21st Century and then get some younger folks with fresh ideas and become more inclusive.
    The good old boys club needs to be put to rest, they are out dated and have been out smarted by PE Obama.....time for them to get a grip of reality for once and wake up.

    December 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Ken

    I can hear the themes for the forum being shouted now: "We failed because we werent' CONSERVATIVE enough! We failed because Americans aren't SCARED enough! We failed because some of us aren't RICH enough!"

    Don't forget to invite Joe Lieberman. Make him the keynote speaker.

    December 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. I love Kool Aid

    The GOP can't get out of it's own way..
    They continue to rally behind people of lesser intelligence such as Bush/McCain and Palin, yet ignore the people of greater intelligence like Ron Paul and Mitt Romney...Then they wonder why they're losing...

    Republicans who are more worried about the issues of abortion and gay marriage than they are about the economy and responsible foriegn policy.

    Let's talk about issues we can actually resolve...Until the RNC does this they're going to fail.

    The Economy is the top priority..right?
    Ron Paul obviously is the best man to deal with it...
    So why did the republicans pick McCain who admittedly knows nothing about economics?

    Mind numbing stupidity...that's the only answer I can come up with for that simple

    They can hold all the meetings they want...Let me know how that works out for ya...

    And then there are the people that post comments here who are AFRAID of Obama LMAO!!!
    You people crack me up with your fear mongering....Really..I laugh out loud at your comments and wonder how on earth you make it through the day...

    Peace to you all

    December 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Jackson

    Sweet! A funeral for the old crooks I suppose. Well, folks you can thank the biggest failure for a president GWB – for destroying your beloved racist party. This is great my friends.

    December 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. HK

    I hope nothing happens.

    December 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Renee

    The CD is representation of the Republican party and for Blackwell to say he sees nothing wrong with the cd and everyone is hypersensitive just shows that the members of the party are still stuck in the 60s. It is sad that so many in our country are still stuck in separating our country. At least the election of Barack Obama shows that as a whole we are able to see beyond skin color and racism isn't as big as it use to be.

    December 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. juansuero

    Cal, Dems self hate? this is not crackerjack box psychology. The Republican party represents the values of its constituency so that they can get the votes they need to be elected. A microcosm of these values can be summed up from the incident with the old lady that McCain corrected at one of his events. The republicans prey on fear and ignorance. Dude I too get very nervous when i think about stem cell research and that which can go wrong but the fact is that it can save lives. Same with anti-aging research going on and everything else that will shape our future. When you think of bioengineering and the pace of technological advance its scary but It had to be a Democrat that put us on the moon and it will be a democrat that pushes the advances of the future. Like making us a 2 planet civilization after colonizing mars. We must be courageous and not let fear and ignorance cause division and war and stifle human progress.

    December 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Accept it

    Bush was actually a good president. He kept the homeland safe from attack after 9/11. Liberated 25 million people in Iraq and set up a democracy in the middle East. Crippled Al-Qeida and humiliated them by winning in Iraq. He also kept the economy growing pretty well considering the pressures put on it by 9/11, 2 wars, and sky high oil prices brought on by an artificial shortage caused by environmental zealots. He also avoided the pitfall of bowing to public pressure and courageously DID NOT sign Kyoto (pretty prescient in light of the complete unraveling of the global warming theory in 2008).

    In time the electorate will realize that they were manipulated by a Democrat Party that very cynically put political concerns before the nations best interest with it's opportunistic opposition to the war in Iraw during 2006-2007 and a compliant media that was all too willing to drink the Obama Kool Aid in 2008. At that point, 2010 I'm guessing, there will be nothing that can save the Democrats from electoral wipeout.

    December 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. The Blacker the Presient

    RNC stand for Really No Change. How do you like that one Southern Hottie? Ever been to Savannah?

    December 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Larry

    The Democrats are totally idealistic people,they do not have a clue about anything that requires any common since,and they will be the demise of our country !!

    December 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Bill

    Why dont the dems count the number of minorities in the GOP. After all, the dems went on a witch hunt for the top hispanic in the Bush cabinet. Racism swings both ways.

    December 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. The Blacker the President

    Seems like what ever they toss at Obama bounces back on them. GOP, try fairness and love. This way if it bounces back on you it want make you look so bad.

    December 29, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. wayne

    RNC: Now it's time to see what Shock and Awe really mean isn't it !

    December 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Humored in Texas

    According to the RNC: "We must never allow a George W. Bush-like "situation," again!!!"

    Well, Jeb, thank brother George and "I attended 9 universities and couldn't secure a degree" buddy of his, Karl Rove for your mess now!!!

    December 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. ran

    Unless this meeting produces a major shift in The republicans ideologies and stance on Gay Rights/abortions and allows more inclusion then it will be a wasted meeting.

    December 29, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    These idiots need more than an unprecendented meeting.

    December 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Former R

    I am afraid the party has been lost forever unless they could give me a 21st century Teddy Roosevelt. The last decent Republican was Gerald Ford and he was was not that popular because he pardoned a terrible criminal (who my father voted for and supported), Richard Nixon. We have had nothing but crooks ever since. Even if RR was a good man in many respects, his voodoo economics and Iran Contra hurt America and was wrong. The last 8 years...lets just say I doubt it could be worse. It was as criminal as the Mafia running the country. Sometimes you just have to say it is sick and it isn't going to improve and jump ship. I did. Some people will go down with the ship because of memories of what it was, failing to see what it is now.

    December 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. ERNIE

    What is it that they are meeting about, The Economy,
    The War, Something of importance,? not just more
    of the same, back biting and whining! This will not
    accomplish anything!!!

    December 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. JK

    Stay right GOP. Please. Be hardcore conservatives forever. That will guarantee your demise sooner than later. Bye bye.

    December 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. jwn in south carolina


    December 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Marc

    Every party/ideology/political group has its extremists. Every. Even George Washington had to deal with a bunch of wackos, the first and still only President who went to the front while president!, who supposedly were more Americans than him...
    While I disagree with most of the ideology of the Republicans, it's good to see that at least part of them is finding that surrender to the far right only helps the far righties' agenda, and not the Republican one.
    If it is going to work or not, time will tell. But at the very least it may help to isolate the extremists in the GOP... attention please that the word is 'MAY' not 'WILL'.

    CNN, stop blocking my posts!!!!

    December 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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