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. Harold

    Hey Jon, hate to be bearer of bad news, Obama hasn't spent anything; He is not even in office. Just focus on the one in office now who you voted for; The RNC will be a divided party by 2010. One side understanding change, the other side being the good ole boys who we know what they stand for.

    December 29, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. M Paul

    Party of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and E.D. Hill (Terrorist Fist Jab)? If they knew that the settlers found Spanish, Native of America, Africans from Angola and Congo, Portuguese and, Asians in Hawaii in this country, they will have a better understanding of thow diverse this country is. They will understand that separation is not going to help them to win. Sean Hannity as American Peter Botta has no plan for unity but for evil work.

    December 29, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Mavericky

    and what could they possibly be talking about? one thing for sure, koolaid will be the beverage of choice.

    December 29, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Wes

    I'm guessing they will sit around and recite the Good Bushie secret pledge, sing racist songs by the camp fire and talk about how great it is to be rich and white.

    And then for day two maybe they can talk about what a great leader the remarkable Sarah Palin Clampett would be if they could only pay to get her elected.

    Give it ten years and you will have to visit a zoo to see a Republican.

    December 29, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Independant from NY

    Here are some things the GOP should mull over at this meeting.

    1) The era of Reagan-esque Neo-conservatism needs to be over. You can't pretend you're small government when you make Democrat spending look like peanuts. Especially when you're running on a tax-cut platform. It doesn't make sense and the pseudo-conservatives aren't falling for it anymore.

    2) No one is falling for it because times are getting rough. People are getting smart and are finally separating their political beliefs from their social beliefs. You can't get people to buy trickle-down economics just because you package it with pro-life/anti-gay marriage issues.

    3) Your base won't save you. Especially when you alienate other voters when rallying that base. Political divisiveness worked for the GOP during the cold war and after 9/11 but not anymore. Liberal is no longer a dirty word. Your go-to insults (bleeding heart, un-American, socialist, elitist, etc) holds no water in todays political climate. America actually wants someone who is elite to lead and return this country to elite status.


    December 29, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Jon Davis

    mike December 29th, 2008 3:23 pm ET
    "If they stop demonizing Obama and everybody else, then they might win people hearts, other than that, democrats can keep ruling…"

    Win people's hearts? The Republicans are the philosophical descendents of the Aztecs; they'd rather rip the throbbing, beating, hearts out of their live victims and eat them on the altar than "win people's hearts."

    To kimby December 29th, 2008 3:31 pm ET
    "I am from Tennessee..."

    I feel for you. I know that at least some of people whose homes are now covered with sludge deserved it (chalk up yet another proud moment for the Bush administration, Laura Bush), but I also know some of you didn't deserve it.

    December 29, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. shucks

    To those who are still staunch supporter of the GOP, and commenting on here about the Dems and Obama, I truly feel sorry for you. Your party has lost it's way, it has lost the election, and now has lost it's collective mind. America is watching, and "WE" don't like what we are seeing and hearing.

    December 29, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Kyle

    Guess they need to meet fast.... I sense evil lurking, and it isnt the Republicans, its the Demoncrats!

    December 29, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. chuck


    December 29, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    December 29, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. JM

    I'm tired of all you libs calling the Republican Party racist. It seems the only one's who brought up race during the presidential campaign was your side and now look who's bringing it up again. I do not operate under the premise that Republicans are racist and challenge you to prove me wrong. All the hate mongering on this board is coming from your side. What a bunch of hypocrates you people are.

    December 29, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Newport News, VA

    They're holding a meeting on how to completely un-unite the country. The RNC is divisive and they are digging their own grave. The American voters will not forget these antics come 2010 or 2012. America has disowned the Republican Party.

    December 29, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. j williamson

    If Republicans want to win again start by telling the right-wing kooks to take a hike – you'll never win back moderates, independents, and some Dems unless you do. The Bush-Cheney-Rove crowd have pret-near destroyed the Party's credibility and it's going to take a long-time to get it back.

    December 29, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. JM

    F.Y.I it's not racist not to want this country to turn into the nanny state you libs think it should be.

    December 29, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. ch

    The party is over GOP – take Nixon, Reagan, Both Doles, Bush I, Bush II, Cheney, Sarah, McCain and Rush and go to He**!

    December 29, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. GOParty Pooper

    Ambrose, you win the gold star.

    RNC – take note. Regardless of whether this is right or wrong, this is what America believes your party to represent:

    The GOP is for geezers, racists and clueless folks.

    It certainly does you no good to have the likes of Rush the impotent drug addict representing you, nor does it advance efforts to expand your base and become a more inclusive party when you state that calling someone a magic negro is innocent fun or satire.

    Get a clue – those of us under 50 don't think it's funny and don't find you relevant any longer.

    December 29, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. JM

    The more you rely on the nanny state, the more you are enslaved.

    December 29, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. J.P.

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

    Republican = self-loathing, spend-happy liberals-in-denial.

    Silly republicans, you can't win by being more liberal than the liberals... when there is already a hippie on the ballot, you are not going to win by being "liberal lite." Case in point: John McCain.

    Time for a REAL third party of fiscal conservatives and libertarians and stop looking back to the GOP, because they're worse than the Democrats... true, the dems are drunken-sailor spend-happy, but at least they don't deny it.

    Where are the Goldwater conservatives? The Teddy Roosevelt conservatives? Instead we get stuck with Dubya and his dad.

    December 29, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. JM

    It's called the airing of ideas people.

    December 29, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    R N C
    Really Nasty Creeps.

    December 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Moderate

    A meeting? If Rush Limbaugh is still in charge here they better have a complete overhaul since he is way out of touch

    December 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Roger

    The GOP should realize that their extreme views on social issues are becoming a thing of the past. Their extreme foreign policy is also not working 2 wars, sticking our nose in everybody's business & the world hates us. Their tax programs are not working, look at the infrastructure the local states & counties do not have the $$ to repair the roads, bridges, schools etc they need the federal governments help WHY not enough tax $$ to pay for these things. The GOP/religious right has burned its bridges as well people are tired of being preached to by hypocrites....

    December 29, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Ohio Citizen

    I think the RNC will become bitterly divided no matter who they select as Chair. The far right element of the GOP can not find alignment with anyone who thinks the party needs to appeal more to moderates and racially diverse people.

    December 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. ronald

    Talk about not understanding the direction of political winds!
    This latest move by ultra conservative Republicans can do nothing
    but further diminish the national appeal of the GOP.
    Their actions are quickly turning the GOP into a regional splinter
    The "big tent" is being turned into an extremely "small tent".

    December 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    I used to be a Democrat, but after this election - NO WAY! I'll be voting Independent or Republican from now on.

    December 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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