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. Proud American

    Wow "Richard Rohde" still a Idiot, you should be at the meeting front and center. Idiots like you don't come along everyday. Dear God you could lead the RNC "Racist National Committe" for the next 10 years.

    December 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Don

    Good, perhaps they might come up with something productive instead of making up hateful and racial songs...

    December 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. sunny

    the only true republican is dr. ron paul.

    December 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. BB

    If you need to know what the republican party agenda is for the coming eras, google PNAC – quite a lot of good reading there. Take your pick.

    December 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    This is sad. The GOP is really freaking out...they can't understand why they're not in power anymore. Boo-hoo. Go ahead, boys, have your silly meeting. It won't get you anywhere. The American people (the smart ones) are through with you!

    December 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. WIlly Brown

    Alright RNC. Time now to dump all RINO's and democrats hiding out the the republican ranks screwing things up!

    December 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. John

    How can they hold that many crooks in the same meeting room?

    December 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. MsRotten

    J.P. December 29th, 2008 4:11 pm ET

    Tell me when a conservative actually gets to run… instead of "republicans."


    Ron Paul ran in 2008! The RepubTards BLEW IT! They are not REAL Republicans. If they were.....Ron Paul would have been the Republican Nom and NOT John McShame.

    Why wasn't Dr. Ron Paul the Rep Nom?? Because those RepubTards are afraid of a REAL Republican, a REAL Conservative!

    December 29, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Rorschach

    Another clue, GOP:

    Remember Palin, at the rallies, with her "not one of US" comments?

    Maybe you need to figure out who "US" is, because your version doesn't represent mainstream America any longer.

    December 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. B.O by any other name is still b.o.

    I just lost a bet to my best friend. She said most americans are totally ignorant and dumb. She used the blogs on this web site as proof.

    I lose.

    December 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Tom

    These comments are hilarious. From 'Eisenhuer' to 'Reagon' to 'religous,' the spellings seen here show what happens when children with computers are given access to the internet. Also provides a sad illustration of how the educational system has produced individuals who can neither spell nor think critically.

    And they want to be taken seriously????? What a joke!

    December 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. bruce morningstar

    I think they need to all get together and decide to be real Christians, to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and stop lying, cheating and stealing. And Saltsman should be thrown out of America, while Rush Limbaugh should go back to school and get a high school degree so he can show he has a half a brain. And why isn't he serving a life term on his drug arrest? Anyone else would be.

    December 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. DIZIZI31

    When the Grandchildren ask what did you do when the economy was tanked and (2) wars were being fought on foreign soil? The answer: I plotted to discredit the president elect by linking him to a corruption scandal, and trying to get him to act on foreign and national affairs before he officially takes office.

    Why would you do that Grandpa?

    Because the GOP lost the election in 2008.

    Yes, GOP the Citizens We The People, elected Barak Hussein Obama 44th President of the United States of America.

    December 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    The RNC is going to need some kind of fire permit in order to burn their cross.

    December 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Godluvr

    Marilyn: "I used to be a Democrat," I think you're a PUMA member. In that case, you're already a Republican. Next?

    I will be watching for "Obama Campaign" imitators from here on until the next election. They have been doing a lot of bashing, but I guarantee they will be busting out 'new ideas' and strategies that will closely resemble those used by PE Obama. Although he won't receive credit for it, I salute you again PE Obama. Well done.

    I don't know what, if anything can help Repubs. at this time.

    December 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    I think the party of "family values" has been exposed for who they really are. Now, will those Americans who have been shooting themselves (along the rest of us) in the foot wake up? Probably not.

    December 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Joe Terrogano

    With great statesmen like Saltsman, what could go wrong? His intellectual prowess and maturity are evident in his sense of humor. And don't let the racist innuendo in his CD bother you Republicans, because you have sunk about as low as you can go.

    December 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. catmom

    I would hope that they spend some time discussing how they will stop playing games with the American people and work with the incoming President. Heaven forbid should they use the same tactics on Obama that they used on Bill Clinton. Hopefully they will realize that their tactics have only served to hurt Americans. After eight years of George Bush and the Republican party covering up for him Americans have seen the light, that is the reason Barack Hussein Obama was elected President. He is better than anyone Republicans could have put forth. He earned the right with his stellar campaign. So, hopefully in this meeting Republicans will say give the man a chance.

    December 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Denise, East Coast

    "..heading into a war within its own self"

    December 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. frank Honolulu HI

    ha ha republicans lost

    December 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    No meetings will solve GOP's bigot problem.

    What, oh what, will the GOP do when the baby boomers are gone? These young kids (who will vote in 10 to 20 years) just don't care about the "communist", "socialist", "race", "gay marriage" etc etc etc (in reality not important) "problems?"

    December 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Maybe the RNC can find itself and become a viable force in politics again. But if not I won't care, cause I don't like the GOP/RNC anyway!

    December 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Will Emperor Palpatine be chairing this meeting?

    December 29, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. nom deplume

    What makes you liberals think that the country they are planning to govern includes you? I know quite a few people in the Peoples' Republics of New Jersey and New York City that are quietly buying guns, ammo, and looking for land in red states.

    December 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. John

    Once the party powers scoffed, mocked and marginalized the only true conservative in the primaries – in disgusting and disrespectful fashion – this current state of affairs was set in stone.

    I knew it then, but take no joy nor vindication in it now.

    Goldwater and Reagan spin in their graves over the treatment given the honorable and wise Ron Paul by the neo-cons.

    The current plight serves them right.

    December 29, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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