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. mark

    Are they gonna scribe another nativist jingle?
    It's not a party, it's a gang of social neanderthals displaying their true colors with their hate speech sprinkled with fear. Progress or get the hell of the way!

    December 29, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Where is Palin?

    Is Palin going to be there because she sure will feel right at home with those bunch of unstable and racist republicans or is she too busy winking and flirting with the camera

    December 29, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Pat

    Mari December 29th, 2008 8:16 pm ET
    As long as the Republicans continue their bullying tactics.
    And what, exactly, are these "bullying tactiics"? Care to explain, Mari?

    December 29, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Proud American

    Wow who let "PAT" out of her mother's basement? What a Idiot.

    December 29, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Keith Bonney

    Two words, Be an "Inclusive party!" and that would solve most there problems if they continue to be divisive and they will be treated like the legion of doom. Wrapping your self in religion till it strangles the life out of your party is not recommended either...

    December 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Lisa

    As an independent, I think both parties have serious problems, and have been longing for a viable 3rd or 4th party for years. The only thing worse than what we currently have would be a one-party state.... no matter which it was, Democrat OR Republican!

    So all I can hope is these Republicans taking this unusual step are moderates who can take back the party from the far-right neocons and give the majority of us Americans (moderates!!!) a true choice. I'd still like to see MORE choice however....

    And Pat – whoever you are, you need to relax!

    December 29, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Proud American

    This meeting is held once a year to chose next years Village Idiot. I'm so excited because there are so many this year who can win. God Bless America

    December 29, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. I. A. Frank

    The worms are fighting over who among them will be the new king maggot on the pile that is the Republican party.

    December 29, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Palin

    Golly Gee Whiz. Let's get together and sing Negro songs and think up who we can bomb next to try to get oil back up. Drill, Baby, Drill!

    December 29, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Sherry in Kentucky

    The times they are a changin'. I honestly think that the Republicans will have to abandon the ignorant among them. I believe there are some good Republicans out there that put their country and not ideology first. They will need to run someone like Jindal and get him to the convention before they will start to mend their party. It will take something like that to prove to the country they have changed.

    December 29, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If they don't:

    (a) give Ron Paul a decent hearing, and
    (b) get rid of the self-righteous, intolerant, bible-thumpers,

    I don't care what the RNC does.

    December 29, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Paul

    RIP RNC.

    December 29, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. happy new year

    we teach our children to respect our leaders, LOOK WHAT OUR LEADERS ARE TEACHING THEM!

    December 29, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. 22 More Days!!

    Only 18 states?? Did the other 32 turn them down??

    December 29, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. debbie

    So much hate, ignorance and bigotry in one room...sounds pretty poisonous

    December 29, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    The Republican Party had the White House, the Congress, and the Supreme Court ... and demonstrated to all the world that it was morally and politically bankrupt. Yes, they could win elections, but they have nearly destroyed this country.... and it will be a very long time before we ever trust them again.

    Have good meeting, guys.

    December 29, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Proud American

    They trying to figure out where to find another Idiot like George Bush. Listen Idiots like bush only come along once in a lifetime. This year there in luck there a complete Idiot up in Alaska who's dying for a shot. I say have at it, let's see if your really that stupid.

    December 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. john

    I wonder who they will appoint as the dark emperor now....

    December 29, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Lori

    Do the Republicans actually believe that they have a chance of reinventing themselves like they did in the past, with these nut jobs at the top? They forget that in history when the Republicans were able to reinvent themselves and become relevant again, those were different times.

    Times are changing and my generation is not tolerating the 'White people will be the minority in the future so we must fight for our power and hate others' mentality. Fear mongering. I enjoy knowing that I live in a country where we don't have to oppress others to feel superior and we can all share power and everyone can achieve the American dream regardless of color. This is what the RNC needs to understand or prepare to be extinct!

    December 29, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. That Other Jerry

    That's not an earthquake out in California–it's Ronald Reagan turning over in his grave. He'd be ashamed of his party now–and practically everyone on here. The Democrats have found their Reagan in Barack Obama. The Republicans will continue to wander aimlessly until they find one themselves, and get back to his ideals and principles.

    December 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. harvey

    Good old loyal Bushie conservative Republican Senator Larry Craig is now, finally, out of a job - why not make him head of the RNC?

    He's the perfect example of the blatant hypocrisy & unhealthy schizoprenia that the current Republican Party has come to represent...

    December 29, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Brenda

    Tom @ 6:18 pm wrote:

    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!


    I could not have said it better myself. Amen!

    December 29, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Griff

    Every Card isa fractionally a differnt size....

    December 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Proud American

    "Kelly" are your parents brother and sister?

    December 29, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    The RNC is doing just fine in it's current form. This is just a quick meeting to make sure the flag is wrapped around them so the bible is closer to their heart and therefore closer to Jesus.

    They are also going to come up with a new dress code, all those brown shirts have become obvious...

    December 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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