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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    December 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Be very afraid...Obama is nothing but a celebrity

    Well, I hope the Republicans don't try and pick someone who has "celebrity" status in the eyes of America.

    I'm sorry.......but I for one......don't want to see the President of the United States on the cover of People Magazine for the next four years.

    Time, Newsweek........YES......People, US, National Enquire.....NO!!!

    But.......I think that's what we'll see.......a topless President.....UGH!!!

    You idiots voted for him......hope you like hairless chests and skin and bones!!!

    December 29, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Minnesota

    Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY December 29th, 2008 1:10 pm ET

    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.
    More like the Democrats!!!!!


    December 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. John Smith

    The republicans are damaged goods.

    They have long stayed away from technology, and social networking.

    With the republican party, and republicans in "general" observing how the Obama Campaign exploited technology, they realize they have a lot of catching up to do. We are going to be seeing alot of "obama styled" internet campaigns by all republican politicians for now on, ie: webcasts, web addresses, facebook, myspace, twitter, etc, the whole works. It's going to be comical watching the copycat methodology, but it's something they are long overdue for.

    One of the sadest examples of republican propaganda machines trying to cater to "young crowds" who are into the internet and technology is fox news's attempt at this foray,, the attempt is called: FNU – Fox News University, it's pretty sad and rather hilarious.

    I'm not surprised republicans are behing the curve w/ technology, it shows how out of touch with society they are.

    December 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. The Real GOP

    The sad truth is that the GOP has been duped by the mainstream media into acting in a way that is contrary to who they are. There is nothing that the GOP needs to change, they just need to quit trying to overreact to everything the media puts forth. For example, this CD that was apprently put out calling Obama a magic negro. Well, come on. Some people do see him as the great messiah and that is certainly corroberated by the non-critical media attention he has been getting. So, what is the issue with that? The GOP just needs to continue to be the America loving party that it has always been. A party that puts God and country in proper persepctive. A party where work is honored and laziness is abhorred. A party that believes in the sanctity of life. A party that believes in individual and personal accountability. A party that believes the best government is the one that governs least. The GOP appears to be constantly on the defensive. Listen Republicans, unite, and who cares about what everybody else thinks. Hold to your core values. Remember, the brainless constituents of the Democratic party, which indicidentally, represents the bulk of their base, are to lazy to try and do anything. They will sit around, collect their welfare checks, and wait for their master the government to enact change for them.

    December 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Mickie

    The republicans have not cared about the little guy for ages and they have reaped their riches from the backs of more and more downtrodden that now we outnumber them and it's time for PAYBACK! They are now seeing that they cannot become wealthier if the rest of us have zero. No matter what percentage they take from zerio, it still comes out ZERO!

    December 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. demwit

    Funny how CNN's progressive corruption keeps even the RNC ahead of it in ratings..

    December 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. sick n tired

    Maybe the Rogue Nation Creators are planning another terrorist attack like 9/11! And Sarah Palin can be the cheerleader!!!! WAIT AND SEE!

    December 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Griff

    So are you watching CNN? Hezbollah Drumbeats....
    They think they have an Ally... Soon to be your leader...

    December 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Kathy_in_Indiana

    The GOP is dead. They just don't matter any more. All those crazy white old religious men don't get it – never have and that's why they lost and will continue to lose. Saltzman is the poster child of that party.

    Need I say more?

    December 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. John

    much ado over nothing, they better learn who will have the power soon, and they better learn to deal with the short end of the stick, like the rest of us have endured for so long. The GOP is down, let us step upon their neck and finish them.

    December 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. BigBear

    It is interesting to note that three liberals answered this with their usual useless blather. It would be so nice for the liberals, who have destroyed my America, to provide constructive criticism instead of their constant stream of BS.
    Republicans need to meet and get back on the trail of decency, honesty, pride, character and knowledge, something that most Democrats can never do. One the GOP agrees that those are the priorities, we can bring the country back into good government. Until we do that, the opposition will continue to destroy what little value is left.

    December 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. xcusme

    Maybe they can play their new theme song that Saltzman sent out.

    December 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Jim in San Jose

    The one thing the republicans need is acceptance. The one thing the republicans will never stand for is acceptance. Case closed, party irrelevant.

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Joe Hussein McCain

    Hmmm tell them not to forget their hoods and robes

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Tony, AZ

    "Chip the redneck bigot, lives in Tennessee..."

    Oh, please pardon the irresistible attempt at savvy political satire – I was only trying to rally our base while continuing to alienate everyone else. Did it work?

    On a more serious note: hopefully the RNC truly sees what's happening to them . If the "plan" on Mr. Saltsman's web site is any indication, all the RNC will be doing is reactionary (case in point:: the proposed "Watchdog" to monitor the Dems) – there's still no clear vision for the party.

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Erik in Real PA

    This meeting might give the GOP a chance to rethink some of those losing strategies, including the tendency to connect with religious right-wingers and the desire to recreate a Leave-it-to-Beaver nation that never existed in the first place.

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. DX in TX

    I wander during the RNC klan rally will they sing the "Magic Negro" song!

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. ch

    One thing you would hope that the GOP has learned in the last 16 years – Bill and Hillary Clinton are here to stay so the attacks (i.e. the 73 million dollar Ken Starr report and all of the other investigations that lead to nothing) were useless.

    A huge waste of money and time – why don't these idiots try to solve their own problems (like educating Sarah Palin) instead of trying (and failing) to destroy the Clintons.

    December 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Julianne

    Oh good, let's hope they don't forget their white sheets and pointy hats. They just don't get it.

    December 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Rorschach

    Oh, yeah – that's right, Republicans. Keep telling yourselves that the reason you're failing is that you've moved too far left.

    Don't you get it? You lost this election because you alienated and ran off the moderate voters. You know, the majority. The voters who don't blindly vote on party lines and instead elect the best candidate on the slate. In other words – people who THINK.

    There are radical fringes at both ends of the political spectrum and this country's really sick of the right fringe's politics, so they did the only sensible thing: they took away their power. Your power, Republicans. You did it to yourselves by pandering to the fringe and convincing yourselves that they represent any kind of a majority in this country.

    Your heads are in the sand, GOP.

    December 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |


    December 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Milhouse van Houten

    "Et Tu Brutus"........the knives are out but it will remain to be seen if the
    GOP can re-invent itself to be more relevant in todays world.I think not
    as long as the cater to the crowd that has got them where they are now.

    December 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Phoenix

    The RNC lost its way when it decided to be like the old school Democrats who stood for segregation and racism. They do stand for socialism, but only under certain circumstances.

    December 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Matt B

    Hey I know- howabout ditching trickle down. That idea no longer works. The money trickles down to factories in China that we've outsourced to.

    December 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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