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. Denver Dem

    Or how about this Putz from Tenessee and his Racist as hell holiday cd/card this moron sent out. Americans one and all, and I really mean the rubes in the south stop voting in racist scum like yourselfs.

    December 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    Too little, too late...looooooosers!

    December 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Help I've Fallen and I Can't Get Back Up

    Richard @ 224:
    One of the dumbest comments I've read.
    Saying there is no difference between the party of Rush and the party of Obama is like saying there is no difference between a plate of maggots and a sirloin steak.

    December 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Big Ed

    Sounds intense.

    December 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. kendal

    The Religious Nuts Corporation believes if it's not broken, don't fix it.
    And may they continue to put all their faith in that ideology. The gift that keeps on giving.

    December 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Jon

    Can't wait for 2010 and be able to restore oversight and checks and balances. GOP help us please to take the blank check away from the self absorbed egotistical Obama.

    GO GOP!!!!

    December 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Vence wilmington CA

    GOP is now a party of zombies now. Yes, the living dead are trying to get new brains to eat. Their own brains are gone. People learned that they are finished with the book of tricks of Karl Rove. They need to find a new trick to show to the people of Obama. They are dying slowly and in agony. Some of them are trying to be forgotten like general Powell but it's too late. They are contaminated too. Their accomplices are no more on the news. Remember Oreilly. limbaugh, Coulter, Glen. They don't matter anymore. The fellowship of the ring won. Aragorn Obama will be the next king again.

    December 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |

    Republicans are going to have to understand that catering to the wants of big business is not a sustainable way to govern a nation. No one will vote for a party that feels giving the wealthy elite a unlimited welfare check and allow our country to lose all of its manufacturing base. Compete in the global economy should mean if our elected officials fail to represent Americans deport them.

    December 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Jeff From Jersey

    Evil is too insidious to stir.Lurking,plotting,scheming are more like it.Maybe Palin is planning on a Playboy photo shoot and they are trying to stop her before they run out of anyone that resembles a candidate that hasn't "been there,done that" or at least one that hasn't been caught ....yet.

    The Watergate sounds good but the Cheney hunting lodge might help them in their process of elimination.It could whittle down the numbers to maybe needing only one member from 16 states to make it an official meeting.

    You can bring your guns but you MUST leave your shoes at the door!

    December 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Russell Hammond

    "Meeting"? No doubt in a back room with cigars and aged bourbon. Just like the good old days.

    December 29, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Saul- Virginia

    Richard Rohde,

    Did you read your own writng before you posted it. People like you make Sara Palin look like Einstein.

    Please do yourself a favor and get informed.

    December 29, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. RLS

    The Real GOP, you take it to em! Who cares about the Barack song? I didn't see anything wrong with the song.
    Who cares that the song was racially motivated, and was meant as a way to laugh at OUR future president! Who cares that as the Republican party is losing membership, we further alienate more voters by showing our racist slip! This country is getting too PC right? So what someone calls YOUR mom a fat, ugly slob who couldn't be pulled away from a buffet if she had a metal suit on, and we had an industrial magnet. Call it like it is, right? Tired of being PC right?

    December 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. REG in AZ

    As long as the Republican Party refuses to accept the reality that they are positioned wrong, drastically favoring Special Interests and a select few while only giving the majority apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge, they can't have real appeal to the vast majority. Example: CRice stating people will come to 'thank Bush' which ignores his gross dishonesty and totally irresponsible focus on a private agenda and the fact that throughout the last eight years he would boldly lie and she would always repeatedly swear to it to the whole world. They have to drastically change their act and demonstrating honest and real concern for the majority would be a good place to start.

    December 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Rickymo

    It is real simple for them. Drop the social issues and return to the roots of the party. Once they distance themselves from the groups that have hijacked them they could actually be a viable party. But they won't!

    December 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Scotty

    These guys are politicians right? I would think that in politics 101 they would have learned that in order to get elected you shouldnt put out material that would offend potential voters. A child could figure that out.

    December 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Richard Rohde

    Where will the republicans find candidates, the democrats have already put all the crooks in office. Don't worry though, I am sure ACORN and the unions have plenty more corrupt democrats in their hip pockets.

    December 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Minnesota

    CanIcallyouJoe December 29th, 2008 3:20 pm ET

    Jon @ 2:46
    "Neanderthal man may be extinct. However, unfortunately, the RNC is not. Every few years the desire of "conservatives" to lead America back to the Stone Age re-emerges, and it will, no doubt, re-emerge again. Attention deficit disorder and historical illiteracy are endemic in America; Sarah Palin is proof of that."
    You need to try and phrase your logic so that these Republicans will understand what you are saying. I believe you lost them at "Neanderthal man" cuz... we all know there is no such thing as evolution if you are a right wing moron like the leaders of their party.

    December 29, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Leslie, FL

    So, who cares? They tanked America, but good.

    May God have mercy on their souls, because I don't.

    December 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Moody

    If they were smart they would have Bobby Jindal, Charlie Christ, Tim Pawlenty, & Mitt Romney as their leaders.

    But inside I really hope they make Palin & Huckabee their leaders! hahaha. .Just for the entertainment factor. Democrats would rule for a very long time!

    It funny at how hard the leader of the conservative movement WIlliam Buckley tried to keep the crazies out of the party. But now that is their base and their leaders!

    The US is getting younger, smarter, and less white. Republicans cannot exist under those terms.

    December 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Vicky,NY

    How can you love America when you don't love Americans?

    December 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Tom in ATL

    Jindal in 2012!!!

    The Republican party will see growth among young voters who, in the next four years, will be fed up with leftist propaganda. Leftists like Pelosi and Obama feed into this idea that with more federal government controlling people and "spreading the wealth", we'll all be better off. Wait until our economy goes completely under due to the democraps hand outs and bailouts. Pelosi will find a way to blame the average taxpayers for not funding more give-a-ways.

    December 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Proud to be American

    Devil/RNC is always busy when good things happens...... rebuke the devil/RNC ....... Look it straight in the eye and call hin a liar..

    December 29, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Tom in ATL

    Jindal 2012

    December 29, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Dena

    Moderate? What exactly is a moderate? I get the feeling that when that word is used nowadays, its true meaning is simply anti-Christian fundamentalist. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but let's just call a spade a spade and stop with the word games. Move to the center? Bill Clinton moved the DNC to the center and now, If the RNC moves to the center, won't they both be in the same place – the Center? That's pretty much where we already are, wouldn't you say? Is there a difference between John McCain and Hillary Clinton? NO! The problem is that we now have a one party system – the Republicrats and I have no clue who their constituency is but it sure ain't me! I think its time for the far left and far right to get over their hostility toward each other and join forces. If you leave religion out of it (and I do) we have more in common than one might think.

    December 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Bill Hewett

    Please REPUBLICANS from TN. and other black people hater states continue to be and show what you stand for. Please keep it up and when the next election comes around the USA hopefully will be rid of all republicans.
    Bill Hewett

    December 29, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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