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Letter from Carlos Mendez, State Chairman of Puerto Rico January 20, 2009

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All – This letter just went to the 168 Members of the RNC and just wanted to share it with you as well. – Mike

Dear RNC Member,

Although the results of the presidential election were not what I would have preferred, I appreciate the deep and remarkable significance and the striking moment in history represented by the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

As chairman of the Puerto Rican Republican Party, I am moved by the fact that the United States has made such significant strides in reaching the goal of becoming a truly color blind society. The positive message sent around the world by the election of an African-American to our highest office helps further tear down walls that divide us.

Barack Obama’s election further drives home the need for the Republican Party to do more to reach out to minorities everywhere. That is why I am proud to join National Committeeman and the governor of Puerto Rico, Luis G. Fortuno, and National Committeewoman Zori Fonalledas in supporting Mike Duncan for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Mike has long demonstrated his personal commitment to reaching out to Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities who share the conservative values of the Republican Party. His emphasis on building an inclusive Party is clear through the programs and initiatives he is proposing.

I am excited about Mike’s commitment to reaching out to people of all colors and backgrounds through programs described in his vision for the future. His “Many Faces, Many Voices” initiative will make sure the GOP message is being delivered to communities which have all too often been overlooked. His Center for Republican Renewal will make sure that input from minorities is an essential component of our future projects and programs. His development of a Speakers Bureau will find new spokespersons who can more effectively take our message to organizations and groups that have too often been relegated to the sidelines. Mike has already recruited Governor Fortuno for this effort and I know he looks forward to being one of the active faces and voices of our Party.

I know Mike Duncan, and I know his personal commitment to making sure the Republican Party reflects all of the faces who share our Party’s core values and philosophies.

Today, I join with all Americans and people around the world who appreciate the significance of Barack Obama’s inauguration as leader of the free world. I ask you also today to join with me in supporting Mike Duncan as RNC chair. Mike is committed to growing our Party by recognizing today’s historic symbolism and rededicating ourselves to principles of the Republican Party that truly are the pathway to an inclusive society of all Americans.


Carlos Mendez

State Chairman

Puerto Rico


New site covering the Chairman’s Race January 14, 2009

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In case you haven’t checked it out yet there is a new site covering the RNC Chairman’s race, YourRNC.com

Georgia Victory Tour Announcement November 22, 2008

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Good afternoon!  I will be making Victory stops in Georgia on Monday and Tuesday on behalf of Senator Saxby Chambliss and the Republican ticket.  I am looking forward to this tour and I hope you will stop by if you live in the area and encourage your friends who are in the area to do the same.  See you on the Victory trail!


Monday, November 24, 2008


Sandy Springs, GA at 3:30 pm EST

Fulton County Victory Center

5920 Roswell Road

Sandy Springs, GA  30328


Marietta, GA at 5:00 pm EST

Cobb County Victory Center

1234 Powers Ferry Road

Marietta, GA  30067


Woodstock, GA at 7:00 pm EST

Cherokee County Victory Center

1105 Parkside Lane

Woodstock, GA 30189


Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Lawrenceville, GA at 9:30 am EST

Gwinnett County Victory Center

911 Duluth Highway

Lawrenceville, GA  30043


Fayetteville, GA at 11:30 am EST

Fayette County Victory Center

111 South Glynn Street

Fayetteville, GA  30215

National Press Club November 5, 2008

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Earlier this afternoon, I participated in the National Press Club’s Luncheon which featured both DNC Chair Howard Dean and myself.  We both gave remarks regarding the outcome of the election and took questions from both press and attending guests.


I spoke on how America has finally realized a vision of a color-blind society that was first inspired the Republican Party into being on the eve of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.  I noted that our vice-presidential nominee – Sarah Palin – received more votes than any woman in American history.  In all, with Barack Obama’s promises to cut taxes, merit pay for public school teachers, and renewed offshore drilling, I would say he simply ran the most successful moderate Republican presidential campaign since Dwight Eisenhower. 


In reflection, what has changed since 2004 is not the national philosophy, but the national mood.  President-elect Obama leads a center-left party, but he must now govern a center-right nation.


Election Night November 5, 2008

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Last night I attended the RNC Election Night Party where I watched the election returns come in with our staff and volunteers.  Though we fell short of our goal of retaining the White House in a very difficult political environment, I’m grateful for the strong efforts that everyone made on our Party’s behalf.


As Chairman, I’m confident our Party will be back stronger than ever in elections to come as we work to promote policies that make America safer and more prosperous.  I look forward to continuing our work together and rebuilding our Party to meet the challenges ahead.


Election Day November 4, 2008

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Happy Election Day!  I woke up this morning and turned the next page on my calendar (see photo below).  I am excited to see this day here – so many volunteers and staffers have worked tirelessly on behalf of Senator McCain and the entire Republican ticket.  I urge you to vote and take friends and neighbors with you.  Today we are going to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin to the White House!imgp28441

From the Desk of RNC Chairman Mike Duncan November 3, 2008

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Rally in Kentucky! November 3, 2008

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Hello from Shepherdsville, Kentucky!  I have just finished participating in a victory rally here with special guest First Lady Laura Bush.  She gave a rousing address in front of an audience of 1,500 and urged them to get out the vote for John McCain and the rest of the Republican ticket.


Call to Action – 3 Days From Victory! November 1, 2008

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Good afternoon.  We are now three days away.  This morning I was back in my hometown of Inez, Kentucky to walk door-to-door and make phone calls to the voters in the Upper Inez Precinct of Martin County where I am still the precinct captain.  All politics are on the local level – working with voters one to one.


I would like to share with you a quote by Abraham Lincoln that I think about almost everyday.  This is what he had to say regarding one election:


“Organize the whole state, so that every Whig can be brought to the polls . . . divide (the) county into small districts, and . . . .appoint in each a sub-committee, . . . make a perfect list of all the voters and . . . ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote, . . . keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters, and . . . have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence, . . . and on election days see that every Whig is brought to the polls.”


Please take his advice to heart . . . and as a call to action.  Please reach out to your neighbors.  Make phone calls.  Knock on doors.  Encourage your friends and family to contribute their time and, if possible, their resources to the Party.  Most of all, please get out and vote.


Let’s surge to victory for our Party; for our principles; and for John McCain and Sarah Palin.


Thank you.



Victory 2008 Bus Tour Stops in Ohio and West Virginia October 31, 2008

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Hello from West Virginia!  Today we started with stops in Ohio.  In Zanesville, I was introduced to a volunteer who has made over 8,300 phone calls herself and still going strong!  That is outstanding dedication! 


I am meeting individuals like her all over the country who are inspired by John McCain and Sarah Palin.  In fact, there are over 1.1 million volunteers who have already made over 20 million voter contacts.  We are ahead of where we were in 2004 and racing at an impressive clip.  


After making a few more stops, we ended the evening in Charleston, WV at an event with Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.  I visited with volunteers, students for McCain, and I even made phone calls to make sure people are getting out to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.  I hope you will join me in reaching out to your friends and neighbors as well.  In all, we had another hugely successful day on the bus tour.


We are now 4 days away.  Being from Kentucky where college basketball reigns, I think of these days as the Final Four and we are marching to victory!