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. Joe Hussein McCain

    ...oh yea, right up in the "Hood" Chaney you bring your guns, George bring your dancing shoes so that everyone can dance to the Republicans number one hit!!!!!!!!! oh yea, and Rush you be sure and bring the Drugs!!! hahahahaha.

    December 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Apples for sale

    Are they meeting to decide what to do about the Mike Connell story?When that story breaks,all the rest will be small potatoes.

    December 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Ian

    Ron Paul told you so.

    December 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Texans for Obama

    What pisses me off is that all of these Right-wing Republican talk show hosts are saying that the RNC needs to try to attract blacks into the party. This is only because they lost big in November. The RNC, RUSH, Hannity...ect did not make a cry to include blacks prior to Nov 4th 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So if McCain and Palin won, then it would be business as usual. So let me do the math here; you want us in the party for VOTES!!!!, not because you care about our issues!!!!!!!!!! RNC people make me so sick my skin is turning white!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. JP

    I have been a moderate republician all my life. I was deeply disappointed when the far right shoved Pallen down McCain's throat which helped him lose the election. Get with it RNC. Alot of us don't like the right wing social conservatives agenda. As long as they dominate the party we are going no where.

    December 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. 2008 Victory!

    Washington DC's average IQ will drop while these clowns are in town! Hey, at least we can laugh at them! The GOP needs to go into hibernation for at least the next 20 years!

    December 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Noah

    Reid and Pelosi are rational centrists? That is hysterical. Wow. Crazy lefties...

    December 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Will-South Dakota

    RNC, WallStreet, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Fannie Mae, Freedie Mack, all DOA at the taxpayers expense, the RNC had 8 years under Bush/Cheney to get it right......HAPPY NEW YEAR AMERICA!

    December 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    Ding dong the RNC is dead.

    December 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    GOP is for geezers, racists and clueless folks.

    RIP GOP.

    December 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Lori, Houston Texas

    The 2008 election has forced the repubs to show their true colors to the world. Their racism and misogyny is no longer thinly veiled. With Sarah Palin's repeated lines of "he's not one of us" and "the REAL America", the repubs have shown they prefer to continue to divide our country rather than work together to face our real challenges. As far as Mike's favorite song being a satire? Please. I've been in enough homes to know this is how racist white folk speak to each other when they don't know someone out of their circle is listening. This RNC meeting will be a failure just as the last 8 years were. The conservative ideaology as it stands today has been proven wrong. Yet the followers would prefer to keep dragging America down rather than admit they were wrong. Their mantra will always be Party Before Country. How pathetic and Un-American. Yes, this meeting will fail because they will never be able to convince their southern religious voter base that they are too far to the right. They need the followers of Leviticus to win. In the end, they will continue to fight amongst themselves and block every democratic attempt to solve our problems just like the last 8 years. Power and money are the only thing that they're interested in. Pathetic.

    December 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Mark, Atlanta

    Maybe they can hold their meeting on the moon. I'd chip in the send the dinosaurs into space. "Barack the Magic Negro" indeed. And these knuckle-draggers actually have the gall to defend this garbage.

    Goodbye GOP-young people see right through your hypocrisy-and they hate it!

    December 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Jim

    Maybe they'll sit around the campfire, cleaning their firearms, drinking Bud, crying in their beer, singing "Where Have All the Voters Gone...?"

    December 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. GOP Lost

    Maybe they will bet the whole party on Palin to be their saviour, this group has got a long way to go to even understand why they lost everything in 2008

    December 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Kimn8R

    The Republican Party has imploded, and no amount of ritual CPR will ever change the fact that they destroyed themselves in full view of the public. They missed the boat when they blew off Ron Paul.

    December 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. C


    December 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Bob

    What they haven't taken enough corrupt money? They haven't taken enough money from the tax payers and given to the CEO friends? They see the end is near to their looting of America and the are worried? Or are they just afraid that end of rule by white Americans over other Americans is hear. I don't know why they need this special meeting, but something that should strike fear in every democracy loving, peace loving American.

    December 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. mary, colorado springs, co

    The Republicans lost much territory with the Bush administration and are now gathering to recoup some of what they lost. They cannot be trusted to be above-board with their ideas, so we need to monitor every move they make to be certain it is not a Trojan horse. The Democrats have won the country back, and will clean up the mess left by the Bush administration. We need to make certain the Republicans don't try to undermine the efforts of the Democratic Party. They are quite adept at talking out of both sides of their mouths at the same time.

    December 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. richard

    There is no difference between the RNC and DNC except that the RNC tries to weed out its corrupted officials, and the DNC just circles the wagons to protect them. Both parties go against the people's will.

    December 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. G.I. Joe

    I voted for R. Nixon, R. Regan and the Old Bush. But I stopped voting for the GOP when they sent that "W" in as the presidential candidate. The GOP has been controlled by a very small group of their members for their own selfish reasons. This small group of GOP members has fooled their own party and the American voters twice, and has done so much damages to the U.S.A. Now that the reputaton of the GOP spells failures in every front, i.e. War on terror, economic crisis, energy, health care, etc. The 2008 election showed the American voters have waken up and abandoned the GOP. This warning shot should give the GOP a clear sign as where they need to be heading in order to survive. the next 16 years.

    December 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Walt

    I understand that the GOP is running a recruiting campaign with a slogan of "Join the GOP and learn to hate. We have hired Rush to teach!"

    December 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The RNC has become a disgrace to our democracy. They seem to stand for nothing but hate and division. Old habits do die out and that's exactly what's happening to the RNC and they can thank Rush Limbaugh.

    December 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Jim, Burlington NC

    Let me see, this is going to bea "stra-tigery" meeting for all the neocons since their boy is moot now.

    Guess they'll allhold hands and sing "Barac that magical Negro" together.

    ANYBODY still backing these failed policies and ideas is either a moron, dumb as a rock or hasn't been living on this planet for the last 16 years.


    December 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. TomD

    Agreed, RNC is dead to me too. I'm heading Libertarian myself. Far too many power-trippers decided to hijack the Republican Party and run it like they do their Board Rooms.

    December 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Juan Grain

    The RNC has insured that they will loose more elections with the likes of Saltsman. The American people are moving past the racist crap that is veiled in cute by 1/2 cd's & songs. It's ok by me, the RNC has no atraction to me and i am an Indepenedent. Keep digging, keep digging!

    December 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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