March 3rd, 2009
11:28 AM ET
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Steele and Limbaugh speak

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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
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  1. proud dem

    m. steele as a black man from the south ,you just got put in your place i dont feel sorry for you because you was only put their for a reason . but brother you forgot your place in the food chain and you will be eaten up.

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. obama-mama

    That's what happens when you're black and think you could be accepted by the conservative neo-cons. Like I said before, nothing but an Uncle tom

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. RAAGOS

    THEY ALL SCARED RUSH. I BELIEVE GOP IS BIGGER THEN ONE PERSON. MAYBBE GOP NEED TO GET COURT AND GET NAME CHANGE

    RUSH U FOOL. BUT I RESPCT U ARE LEADER OF GOP

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Nick 27, So Cal

    True colors coming through!!

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. maria casler

    I'm glad that Steele and Limbaugh had a good talk. When I saw Limbaugh talking I got scared. I'm from Europe and once there was a talker like Limbaugh. I think he is very scary and the republicans should be very carefull with whom they have as theyr friend.
    Its amazing to me that somebody can say that he wants his president to fail. That doesn't sound very patriottic to me. Limbaugh should realize that some respect is at his place for the president and other people. Who does he think he is? GOD??????

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Re: Steele crawling to Limbaugh-
    They split a pill and chased it down with some MD-20 20.

    Re: Piyush Jindal's speech:
    Aside from not being as good of a speaker as our beloved President:
    He lied about his Katrina experience.
    He tried to equate Bush incompetence with government intervention.
    His message was out of touch with the people – including the thousands out of work in his own welfare state.
    He looks like a skinned possum and he sounds like he's not sure if he wants to be Gomer Pyle or Forrest Gump.

    He is way out of his league and can't hold a candle to President Obama's intelligence, wit, grace and dignity. Word to your mother.

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Sam

    It's a sad state of affairs when a political party is held hostage by a radio commentator and the man pulling that commentator's strings, presumably Roger Ailes.

    Perhaps one day Republican politicians will be able to speak for themselves. Until that day, all hail Rush Limbaugh. Pathetic.

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. chelle

    Well there went my brief admiration for the man.....thought he had enough honour and hutzpa to stand up to the far right in his party but NO!!!

    March 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Todd

    A token put in his place by the REAL leader of the GOP.
    VERY SAD!
    I wonder what Mr. Steel must be thinking.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Hah

    Well, now we know who wears the pants in this relationship.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Matthew, Detroit

    EVERYONE quotes Rush WRONG.

    What he said is he wants Barack to fail "IF that means he changes

    the american way of life or the ideal of CAPITALISM"

    That is what he has said. The full quote is needed.

    The stock market agrees.

    The policies Barack is for and the 17 year old girl with her dads credit

    card policy are not good for the economy.

    He is stopping the RECOVERY of the economy. Team OBAMA is

    causing more confusion and not letting the market solve itself.

    The ECONOMIST have all turned against him

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. montag

    So Steele went on his knees to Rushbo begging for forgiveness, eh? Typical GOP slime – both of them.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Ben in San Diego

    The more Rush consolidated his power and control over the Republican party, the nearer and more certain becomes its death.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    I beg you, listen to Rush! His plans are the future of the GOP! I want you to become a marginalized regional party.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Justin

    I wonder: if Tim Kaine were to call Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, or Jon Stewart "entertainers," would he have to grovel in public and seek a private audience with them for forgiveness?

    Michael Steele is a figurehead, installed to pander to minorities. What a pathetic group of posers the GOP is. What self-respecting person would still be a registered Republican?

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Michigan

    Don't even try to say who is really in charge...Rush is definitely in charge with everyone apologizing to the bully after "disagreement".....

    I'm surprised there isn't a story between Cantor and Limbaugh...Cantor said on a Sunday political program, that he definitely doesn't want the President to fail...you have redeemed yourself in my eyes Eric Cantor!

    Good Repubs need to stand their ground against Limbaugh rhetoric if they are ever again to regain respect with enough people to win an election....Limbaugh is a fringe radical extremist of which this country does NOT need....we all need to work together regardless of party affiliation....if they were as smart as they THINK they are, they would make a louder sound asking all good repubs to work with our new President with the seriousness of our problems....not rocket science!

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Brian

    Obama reaches out to Russia.

    Steele reaches out to Limbaugh.

    Nuff said.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. RNC= Ruined Neo Conservatives

    And the leader is Rush Limpball. Token Steele needs to realize he'll never be part of the "good ol' boys club", but why even try? Rush is the best thing that ever happened to the RNC... if you're a Democrat.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Nick - Arlington, VA

    pathetic....lol...i love the politics of how obama and rahm have planted this seed for the past few weeks.

    March 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. marie

    meaning no disrespect for Mr Steele – I see his placement in the top spot as a token.. everyone is either putting a female or a black in positions so it appears they are as balanced as the Democrates..

    sorry Mr Steele – I don't see you as a leader.. you sound like Palin – which turns people off and you act like a 'talking head' which just strengthens the decision for the first reason even stronger...

    nope – I don't mind having a difference of opinion – I do mind the nasty comments that seems to fill nearly every press release coming from the RNC and the party in general... and for Rush to have the bxxxx to stand up and say – I want Obama to fail – is a sad message for our country considering how things are... you can disagree with policy, you can disagree with methods – but you don't wish the country ill travels thru the mess the Republican party leadership for the past 8 yrs left us in... and to have Karl Rove out speaking for you – is even sadder..

    March 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. July

    You mean ................ Steel you bent over backwards and forward and everything else to this pig? ......

    I guess I can say ' I hope Rush fails, I really hope he fails '

    March 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. moe of Tennesse

    A white man with a highschool education and druggie the leader of the repugs... Only in America!!!

    March 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. JimG

    As if we needed any further confirmation that the mainstream Republican Party is utterly cowed by the wingnuts – and thus marching further into the abyss – now there's the spectacle of the party's titular head groveling before a loudmouthed bully. Steele's half of the party needs to grow a spine, while Rush's half needs to grow a brain. The absence of either one is lethal.

    March 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. alvino

    The RNC is now officially Rush's Nazi Consortium

    March 3, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Lush Limprick is the HEAD of the Republican NAZI Committee

    So, it would appear Emanual is a prophet! He was spot on this development! Steele had to get the kneepads and worship at the alter of the real RNC head, in humiliation on Monday, one day after Emanual's prophecy. Of course, in most voters mind this, has emasculated Steele who is now an impotent token with no credibility until he checks with Lush first. Toss in the Georgia congressman who had to butt snorkel for forgiveness and when Cantor’s explanation of how his comments about not wanting failure for Obama were taken “out of context “ the score will be Rush 3 and RNC 0.

    Jindal and Steele, you boys of color better toe the line and remember you two are only in this repub gig to fill the roles of "step" and "fetch it" and only as long as Jabba the Hut enjoys the worship service. Otherwise, he will cut you loose for the price of a shopped script for Vicodin!

    March 3, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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