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. Saul- Virginia

    Until the republican party recognizes that America is becoming more diverse and rejecting their ways of playing politics the party is doomed for a bitter failure. The best strategy for the future is to promote tolerance and unity instead of sticking to their old ways of dividing us for political gains. But most importantly, the party must reject Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Glenn beck and others who are hiding behind the "conservative" banner to enrich themselve whilst sputing hate on a daily basis.
    I left the party because those pinheads do not represent me or my values. The party leaders should take a strong stand to change this trend instead of pandering to them. The American people are not stupid to be influence by these hate mongers.

    December 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Sammy

    The only thing funny about the cd is watching the republicans try to defend it as satire. Republicans are to humor what Carl Rove is to dance moves. This is going to be a fun 8 years of watching the party of racists self-destruct.

    December 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. dennis

    I am willing to bet most of the people to call out President Bush and Gov. Palin as dumb or stupid haven't accomplished one tenth as much in their own careers. But I guess when your a "progressive" accomplishments dont mean anything! Just moan and groan and wait for the Government to give it to you.

    December 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. mike concord nh

    Maybe the RNC can apologize to former Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) for bankrolling Sununu for Smith's Senate seat 8 yrs ago. Perhaps they might adopt a strategy that does not involve back-stabbing their own members.

    December 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Richard Rohde

    Saul-the liberal biased press & the democrats made Sara Palin a caricature, just like the did W. Then they call for bi-partisanship and support for Hussein. I will treat Hussein and the Chicago thugs (to include VPE Hairplug with all of the dignity and respect the demathugs did for Bush and give them the same level of support and credibility.

    December 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Terik Ororke

    What's the difference? They have become the party of the rich like they always were, so why not just keep the old southern dogs in power?

    December 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. mc

    Dump the "religous wrong" and then maybe people will start to listen again.

    December 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Jerry from Oregon

    How to pull the RNC out of the toilet they're in? Here's a tip; dump the right-wing conservative nutjobs that have been running the party.

    I was a Republican until February. the base of the party is out of touch with the people of this country and where it needs to go.

    December 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Cal

    Dems are right. There is a lot to hate about the Republican party. Republicans need to get rid of the liberal and moderate Republicans which lost this election and go back to conservative roots. The reason why Dems hate Republicans is self hate and we need these traitors to join the Dems. Alteast Dems and Republicans all agree to hate McCain, he's a wanna be Dem and no one likes that.

    December 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. John

    Funny how bad George Bush turned out to be as a president. The Neo-Cons need to stand up and admit the choice they pushed through was a horrendous one. Bush, Chaney, Rice and Rove should be banished like Napoleon was. There egos set the stage for this diabolical we all have to endure and their options do not deserve to be heard any longer. History will not be kind to the Bush legacy. He doesn’t need a shoe… he needs the boot!

    December 29, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Karen - Missouri

    After that stupid CD that went out, and the way the Republican party treated/acted to the citizens of this country with disrespect and "games"...there's nothing right now the RNC can do to be viewed as a legitimate thoughtful or caring party. They don't care about the country...only their selfish ideology and stupid "games"

    December 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Count the number of people of color you old crooks

    December 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. C Spurgeon

    They need to go away too. I used to be one kind of but the hate and ugly tactics from this group need to rewarded for the wonderful Bush performance. UGH...

    December 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. obama08

    I hope that Chip Saltsman is publicly rebuked at this meeting.

    December 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Jane Smith

    Unless and until the GOP acknowledges the fact that the GOP has become nearly as "liberal" as the liberals, and understands that this is NOT a compliment, they have nowhere to go other than down. Their ONLY hope, now, is to trust "Benjamin Franklin and company" and cling, for dear life, to the mathematically provable (=) literal parameters of the Constitution, as fully defined, punctuation included, within the lexicon used by our Forefathers [Library of Congress, Unabridged English Dictionary of 1776 used by Benjamin Franklin]. Otherwise, it appears that America will never be capable of reclaiming it's sovereignty from "The New World Order" (George Bush, Sr./Nicolas Sarkozy), commonly called "International Government"... as a "member state" (Condoleezza Rice).

    December 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Don

    Isn't that nice. All the little racist, bigots, and fascist (sp) are going to have a widdle meeting to discuss why no one likes them anymore. Just can figure it out, can you boys. Could it be the fact that while they may love America, they hate Americans.

    December 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Larry

    At last we are going to get organized, with conservatives, that will go back to the Republican platform of low taxes ,small government.Hopefully in 2010,we will be able to get enough intelligent people back in congress to SAVE the country from the idiots that just got in,and do the damage control they will have caused in the next two years.All of us that work and pay our taxes,will be tired of CARRYING all the OBAMA " supporters".Most voters will hopefully realize the financial crisis was CAUSED by the Democrats in congress by doing Nothing when the Republicans and Greenspan WARNED them for two years this might happen.

    December 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Bobby

    Its all really to funny to me, there was never a good republican since Eisenhuer , This GOP has been and still is about the Nixon docturen not a Reagon reveloution its always been about Nixon. I was very pleased to see this Bush win his second term because thats what it took to wake up most Americans to just what the GOP is all about.
    Now its time to say NO MORE REPUBLICANS keep voting them out...

    December 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Franky

    I think that's good, getting the team involved and see what's up ahead. And of course, we(conervatives) like our meetings private just like our money...whole lot of money, LOL!!

    December 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    The snakes are crawling scared.....last week it was the 'Palin & Co.'s" racist emails, and this week it is Chip Saltzman and his producer buddies trying to "reinvent" David Duke and the Southern Suckettes...Why are these people so "dumb"? I don't think they believe that (most) good and decent Americans have changed and do not agree with such racist and hateful nonsense...have your meeting GOP, just don't forget that you can't have it at "NIGHT" and you can't wear your "white" suits because the WHOLE Nation will be watching.....

    December 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Steve in Louisville

    Maybe they can come to grips with the fact that the Republicans might as well be the American Nazi Party.

    It's the party of hate, lies, war and greed. The fact that many Republicans think the Obama song is just fine shows how far this bunch needs to go to appeal to mainstream America.

    December 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Sam

    GOP may need a reality check. I am a non-Christian, immigrant, has become a US citizen. There are so many people like me. Yes, now that you allowed me to immigrate and become a citizen who has been a law-abiding, tax paying citizen, get used to the idea that not every one is a WASP. Bashing anyone that doesn't fit that pattern doesn't help; if you don't like it, change the constitution so there won't be any immigration!

    December 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Don

    That is unless they are beer swilling, bourbon bathed, hunt wolves from airplanes, and choke turkeys to death, rednecks, who can see Russia from thier house but probably can't spell it. (Sorry about misused english in previous post. Just very upset and cannot believe this group of retards)

    December 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Aaron

    *sigh* If only people were smart enough to hear and understand what Ron Paul has been saying for years and years...but hey, at least we won't be in Iraq anymore, right? We'll be spending billions and sending our friends and family to die in Afghanistan now...that's some good change, right America?

    December 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. SH

    Baby Boomers and Republicans alike... beware. Generations X and Y are up next. We've been under your heal for too long, and it's time for the tables to turn. You've squandered our futures, and there will be a price to pay.

    December 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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