February 1st, 2009
04:20 PM ET
6 years ago

New RNC chief weighs in on future of the GOP

Michael Steele was chosen Friday as the first African-American leader of the Republican Party.
Michael Steele was chosen Friday as the first African-American leader of the Republican Party.

(CNN) –Michael Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday that there’s a number of Republicans emerging who will “redefine this party in a way that will be very good for us long term.”

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Steele was asked to name Republicans under the age of 50 who he sees as the new faces of the party.

Steele listed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Steele, who on Friday became the first African American to lead the RNC, said people have moved away from the Republican Party because “we behaved badly.”

“It was about the fact that we failed to lead. We grew the size of government. When we're saying we believed in less government, we grew government. When we said we believe in less spending, we spent more,” he said.

Steele said he thinks Republicans now have an opportunity to turn things around.

“That's my job, is to put good candidates in a position to win. Now, we're not going to win all of them, but we're going to start to win again in important races that matter, and we've got three of them coming up this year,” he said, referring to a special election in the 20th Congressional District in New York and gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.

“We're going to be on the ground and engaged in all of those campaigns that are going to be important opportunities for us to re-establish the brand for the party, number one, but most especially, reacquaint ourselves with the voters and help them appreciate exactly what we stand for and what we believe, putting good candidates in a position to win.”


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  1. Larry

    To read the left wing comments you might think everyone in the country voted for Obama,well ONLY 54% of the voters did vote for Obama,BUT just as importantly 46% voted against Obama,and BIG GOVERNMENT.

    February 1, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. temmy

    Mr steele, you can be chairman my foot, it is only the chosen one that can be where President Obama is today, you can try but note it down today you can't bring no party together, you will try and fail disgracefully the moment you start saying any of your stupid comment in regards to what Obama said regarding rush.

    February 1, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. temmy

    To all the idiots awaiting to see that Obama will fail, who are you guys, just bunch of idiot,i think its high time you call God into your life and believe we are all one and together we stand to solve this crisis Bush put us into. forget the color of his skin and lets work together as one Nation.

    February 1, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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