January 30th, 2009
03:31 PM ET
7 years ago

RNC Race: Anuzis ends his run

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis has ended his bid to head the national party. He did not endorse either of the remaining candidates.

"It's been a great honor," he said. "I have enjoyed every minute."

"With that I want to withdraw my name. We have two great people running and I want to wish them the best of luck."

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Lee

    So it's a phony token to confuse the electorate versus a man who entered politics at age 15 because his segregated high school was closed by the "government" and he had to go to school with (gasp) black people.

    This what candidate Katon Dawson said. He fits them; Steele is just an attempt to dress up a pg.

    January 30, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Tim

    Come on Steele!!!! Yes we can!!!

    January 30, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Chicago independent

    anyone realize that the candidate ahead is african american, looks like they are trying to make it look like they have a strong minority support! just because you have a new face that matches President OBAMA RNC, does not make you more a appealing! Nice Ploy!!

    January 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. James L

    I would not want to be the captain of the Titanic either.

    January 30, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Personally I think the choice is clear. We don't need Katon "the Nightmare". Steele is the best choice.

    January 30, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Bubba

    So Rush Limbaugh is the front-runner now? Does the runner-up become Grand Kleagle?

    January 30, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Dallas John

    So is he changing over to a Democrat?

    January 30, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. WHA-WHA-WHAT!?!?!!?

    This is a first for me!!! I agree with both of you "Chicago Independent" and "Lee". This is the proverbial "lipstick on a pig" line.

    January 30, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. obama-mama

    The suspense is killing me.....

    January 30, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. P. D.

    LOL! I never thought that Duncan would withdrawl. Was there any arm twisting?

    January 30, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Ethan

    Steele is the best choice here. He's a known moderate versus someone who wants to "save the party" by "returning to true conservatism". Yeah, that'll work.....

    That being said, of course many will say Steele is just there because he's a black dude.

    January 30, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Once you vote Black

    When they thought we wanted a women they came up with Palin. Now they think we want a black so they are putting up steele. The GOP is as lost as can be. Operation Chaos is in full effect.

    January 30, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Michael Steele is the Future of the GOP

    Michael Steele is a force to be reckoned with. Go Michael!

    January 30, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. obama-mama

    Blago needs a job....

    January 30, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. EC

    Next.... let's keep it going.

    January 30, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Charles in MN

    I don't know him. I don't care if the person is black or white or tan, so long as they promote conservative principles and reverse the socialist tide currently flowing in the national government.

    January 30, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Pam for America & Obama

    Weren't there 6 to begin? It seem on one really wants this job.
    It will come down to the RNC message not the man saying it. They seem to be having a very diffucult time crafting the way forward. I can't wait to hear what the Republicans will represent. I don't think they are smart enough to back away from Limbaugh, O'Riley, Hannity and that ilk.

    January 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Hatemongering liberals......all of you. Just because someone is Conservative or republican does not make them racist. Steele is the best person for the job.... even though he lacks the "Messiah" appeal of our President.

    January 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Richard Rios

    It is hardeest for those who claim racial tone unfairness to drop the racial tones. Steele is a qualified candidate who has articulated his vision and outreach goals.

    I don't care what ethnic background he is. He is the best man for the job.

    January 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Michael Steele is a good man and should be the standard bearer for MY party and I love you bigoted geniuses that supported Obama, spewing your hate SOLELY because Steele happens to be black.

    You are both as phony as your "messiah" and uh, uh, uh, uh, you want to talk about and empty suit, ARE YOU KIDDING?

    You KNOW nothing about Steele who is brilliant and fair minded and when a Republican deserves to be hammered he does it, and when a Democrat deserves praise, HE GIVES it.

    Let the "Uncle Tom" remarks from the phony progressives begin in 1,2, 3……………………………….

    January 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. CynicalJohn Sturgis, S. Dakota

    Can the GOP leadership endorse another species that reflects their political philosophy...I'm think that a leach might fit the GOP's need.

    January 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Savannah GOP

    This is a shame. What has become of the party when we cannot even come up with a leader that represents our own wants. Steele is a good guy but he is not the answer. Many of the delegates are voting for him because he is colored.

    January 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Zee

    Remember what happened the last time you tried to pander?
    Didn't work out for ya!
    Stick to the base or face destruction

    January 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. nancy

    This is so exciting! I have watched Mr. Steele on Fox over the last 4 months or so, and he is one smart, eloquent man and it does not hurt that hes humble and seems like a very kind man.

    Now the re-building of the RNC has begun

    January 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Mariann Pepitone

    Someone has to be the leader of the RNC and it appears the two left are not what the RNC is looking for. Maybe they should ask Sarah Palin to lead the pac. I believe her more capable than what they have already. There have been nasty comments about her however, people that make vicious comments about Palin are those that will never accomplish any goals in their lifetime and hate those that do. Obama graduated from Harvard and as president he has made a few mistakes while in the white house. Furthermore when it was found out that $18 million went to bonuses for the CEO's he should have reversed it and put it back into the pot. The democrats need help not the republicans they only need a leader.

    January 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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