March 3rd, 2009
11:28 AM ET
6 years ago

Steele and Limbaugh speak


RNC chairman Michael Steele said he was "all good" with Rush Limbaugh after speaking with the conservative radio talk show host on Monday night. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Tuesday he has spoken with Rush Limbaugh about his comments regarding the conservative radio talk show host.

"We had a nice conversation last night," Steele said in a statement sent to CNN. "We are all good."

RNC officials described the call as private and did not elaborate on the details of the conversation between the two men.

Related: Steele backs off of Limbaugh criticism

Filed under: GOP • Michael Steele • Popular Posts • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. gg

    Steele, do not apologize! RUsh is killing the GOP, and I am tired of it.

    March 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. fred

    Wow, that didn't take long.

    Rush really IS the leader of the GOP.

    I bet it sucks to be a Republican right now..

    March 3, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Eric

    I just want to know what Begala, Carville, Stephy and Emanuel talked about on their morning conference call today. Now that's news.

    March 3, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Freed_From_W

    We know they speak.
    We wish they would stop.

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. someone with a clue

    Steele is a idiot and now a bigger idiot
    Kissin up to Rush. GOP stands for Gross Offenses Pigs.

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Angie in Pa

    So I guess Steele isnt Made Of Steele After all, hes not DA MAN! HAHAHAHAH I wish one Republican Would have the Guts to tell Limbaugh He is Destroying their Party What a Bunch of WIMPS The Republicans HAIL TO THE CHEIF LIMBAUGH Republicans! hahahahahahahahahah PATHETIC!

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. simmy

    Mr. Steele,

    Please lose the old "hip-hop lingo." "It's not all good" when you can't express yourself without being chastised by a non-entity like Rush the mush-lush. Get a hold of yourself man! Peace Out!

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. j

    Red, you hit the nail on the head- Oligarchy- that`s what this country has nearly become. Return power to the people, that`s true Democracy.

    March 3, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Frank

    There is no arguing that Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the republican party. Any republican, including the chairman Michael Steele himself, think that they must apologize to Rush if they insult or make a negative comment about him. The republicans are big wimps, and if they can't stand up to Rush Limbaugh, they will never be able to stand up to the Democrats!

    March 3, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Tree

    Republican or Democrat. It is absolutely pathetic that the head of the RNC is groveling to Limbaugh. This is a joke!! The guys an uneducated, ignorant talking head and the Republicans hang on his every word! Limbaugh is destroying the Republican Party! Moderate Republicans are turned off by Limbaughs extremities! This is why Obama has such overwhelming approval ratings. The only way your little Conservative party is ever going to succeed is to steer clear of this kook Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Solaris

    No, Mr Steele you are not good. You and Limbaugh are two douche bags who should have been drowned at birth.

    March 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Linda in MS

    I 'll be willing to bet the farm Rush threatened to totally trash his carreer if he didn't retract his earlier statement.

    March 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. jm for sc

    They will remain good as long as Steele remains in the back room as Rush suggested. I wouldn't waste a phone call to consider what Rush's opinion is.

    It is a difference in being conservative and being a racist.

    March 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. I voted for change!!!!!

    Steele is a puppet!!!

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. abc

    wow... and WOW! i thought the GOP was focusing on winning the indepedents/moderates like myself for the coming years. stand for what you speak or don't speak at all. that's right, TAX CUT! the only words GOP leaders can use.
    and i want to say it again, Limbaugh has not lived a conservative life but a lavish, substance dependent life, yes. so it's ok for this mouth piece to have train wreck and still be worship as a holy conservative figure?
    i personally feel, the more weak GOP becomes the stronger and welcome Limbaugh will be. the last president he endorse as "small government" wire tapped people PRIVATE conversation, killed innocents (not the terrorists) and had his own Petroleum stimulus. and this is call liberty? it's conservative? no, it's fascism, dictatorship with a tad of republic-communist and racist! my conservative doesn't include all these inhumane practices.

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Paul H

    Rush Limbaugh is not Republican per say. He stands for conservatism.
    He railed against the Bush administration when they started spending money like the Democrats. He also had a lot of issues with John McCain.
    If there was an independent that had Conservative values he would prop that person up, or simply a Conservative movement of some sort Rush would be all over it.
    These things are known by media, but they prefer to slant the headlines, to show turmoil inside the Republican party.
    Conservatives stand out, even away from the Republican party, but Liberalism, and Socialism does not stand out from whats taking place in the white house right now.

    March 3, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. mw



    March 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Texasbrat

    oh...white man whipped the black boy in place...Steele honey you are up there for show...soon you will learn they are using you all the way. While the GOP hides behind their racist, bigot, lying, stealing and criminal behavior they place a black man to take the blame. You did not learn from Colin Powell. You deserve what you are going to get from the GOP....the south was Democrat until LBJ ran on civil rights and giving black people rights to vote and the south automatically became republican in support of white supremacy. Know your history. GOP = KKK white supremacy.

    March 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. james

    If the media says Rush is bad he must be bad. I never heard him myself but I heard he is bad. He is against illegal immigration and affirmative action so he must be racist. He is a pro-life guy so he must be a kook. I like choices and porn and drugs and Hollywood and adultery and gay-lesbian-bisexual-transsexual rights and atheism and socialism and abortion and free love and a welfare state and big central government and at least us Dems are willing to fight for your choices!!! (Unless you choose life or religion or capitalism or hard work)

    Please post my friends at CNN!

    March 3, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. bob

    Mr Steele is definatly not your Man of Steel. Get some balls man!!!! Stand up for what you believe!! Dont just run and say sorry to thet wind bag or maybe he really is in charge and has you on his leash too Mr Putty!

    March 3, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Richard, OH

    Rush is a boob. I think the dems have the perfect strategy here: paint Rush as the leader of the new boob party.

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Jimmy D.

    "Guess those of you who mention Rush's drug use have selective memories about our current president."

    Not at all; the issue isn't the drug use by the self-appointed GOP leader, but rather his hypocracy concerning how drug users and addicts don't deserve second chances and should be punished with the full extent of the law but then wanting all of his sycophant followers to overlook his addiction and utter lack of punishment.

    He could have vanished after getting busted; he didn't.

    He could have recanted his claims, even becoming an icon of recovery; he didn't.

    He just produced a pathetic excuse, much like Haggard, Craig, Swaggart, and every other "family values" mouthpiece caught with his pants down, and went right on spewing the hate and ignorance he's built his career on.

    March 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. gl, Pittsburgh

    He is just a black token and nothing else. The sooner he realize that the sooner he will fade away.

    March 3, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Jack H

    Rush Libaugh's recent convention conduct, and tactics intimidating Michael Steele, are very similiar to Senator Joe McCarthy's methods in threathening to label anyone opposing him a communist. How is McCarthy remembered today?

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. wakeupamerica

    Steel is a wimp.

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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