March 3rd, 2009
11:28 AM ET
7 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. windfall

    i predict high ratings for Rush this week. it's working.

    March 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Red, North Carolina

    The IDEAL of our FOUNDING FATHERS was NOT **CAPITALISM** was DEMOCRACY!! CAPITALISM running this nation is called an *OLIGARCHY*! Oligarchy (Greek Ὀλιγαρχία, Oligarkhía) is a form of government where power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royalty, WEALTH / CORPORATIONS, family, military influence or spiritual hegemony.

    March 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Peter (CA)


    I hope for their sake the Republicans are changing but I read an interview with Michael Steele during the Republican convention where he was angry at the omission of minorities at the convention. So, any change so far is cosmetic. Let's see if there is real change.

    By the way, to say it was mostly Democrats who were against civil rights is misleading, at best. it was Southerners who did not want to give up their traditions. Guys like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms. Interesting that they then jumped to the Republican party.

    March 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Sniffit

    WHEN IS THE WEDDING? I bet the Stormin' Mormon will give Steele away at the altar. Palin can be the flower girl. McCain will preside and, by the powers invested in him by Reagan and the state of enraged confusion, he will pronouce the GOP firmly wed to the hateful rhetoric of the bloviating blowhard. You may now screw America.

    March 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. John E

    I've seen countless Republicans throw around this "socialism" thing, but not seen one of them explain what it means or how they came to that conclusion. It's typical GOP politics, sling mud and hope it sticks. I bet 90% of them don't even know what socialism means. They're just repeating what their radio host told them to go forth and repeat.

    Socialism is the new "commie" insult, and the people using it have no idea what it even means.

    March 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Rosemarie

    You republicans are the stupidist people on the face of the earth. Get over yourselves.

    March 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Ellie


    March 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Frank

    Al Franken got it right...Rush Limbaugh IS a Big Fat Idiot!

    March 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Angie

    you are not all good. you are all (rush/steel/cpac/rnc) crazy!

    March 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Vence

    Let's find the truth. I propose a bebate between the incompetent and the messiah.

    March 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Tony Soprano

    I agree with Susan .... the GOP is now very much like the mob.

    I think the Republican Party would be well served for Rush to have an ... um .... uh .... you know .... an accident.

    They won't get 50.1% of the vote with him shooting his mouth off.

    March 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Susan

    Steele, Did you apologize to Rush? Please beg him to forgive you or he can destroy your political career.

    March 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Phil

    Here are the leaked details of the convo:

    Mr. Steele: So I was wondering , if it was'nt too much trouble if I could have my testes back?

    El Rushbo: Sure you commie loving sub-human leftist. Just don't forget your place.

    March 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. POEMAN

    Mike in Houston
    More crazy fear tactics by you beloved Conserative Radio blowhards. I'm not sure how Obama can make the fact that he does not support the "Fairness Doctrine" any more clear than stating "I don't support the Fairness Doctrine".

    March 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. nana

    Look everyone-We are talking about a drug addict running the GOP. Get real. This is a person who speak nothing but hate and you all support him? He hopes our President fails to lead us out of this mess caused by HIS party. I think Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    March 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Cleaning up after W

    Would the moderator of this blog, please e-mail me tell me why every single comment I post is either awaiting moderation, or just disappears completely? I would really like to know.

    March 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Dexter Skagway

    The Republican Party is controlled by bullies.

    No wonder they left us in such a mess.

    No wonder they offer nothing but poison and failed ideas.

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Nancy, CA

    If the current laundry list of people, such as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, Bobby Jindal, and Sarah Palin, are all the Republican party can come up with in looking towards either 2010 or 2012, then I suggest they take a wake-up pill fast and go back to the drawing board!!

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Unbelievable

    Well, that pretty much sums up Rush's place as the mouth of the GOP and as far as he/they are concerned, failure IS an option.

    Of course they'll label their knee-jerk opposition to anything coming from Obama as "opposition to socialism," "protecting liberty" or some other nonsense designed to make their general lack of values a more palatable product for the general public, but most people see it for what it is.

    I hope the GOP keeps Rush forever ... every extra dollar he earns pushes the GOP another foot into the wilderness of irrelevance. I love it. ,

    March 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Chipster

    Mike in Houston:

    "Dont' worry America. Obama is going to restrict free speach..."

    What basis do you have for that statement? Obama has done nothing to stifle free speech. The greatest threat to our liberty in recent history has been the Bush Administration's disregard for constitutional due process, equal protection, and judicial warrants for violating our privacy. You're barking up the wrong tree.

    March 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Tina

    Republicans you need ONE person in your party who will stand up to Rush and not back down. Until you can find that the independents will NEVER EVER vote for a party that allows such a bafoon to speak for them. Not only speak for them, but heaven forbid you disagree. Sad, truly sad.

    March 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Lmurad

    What does it say about the Republican Party that it allows a bloated, former oxycodone addict and social bully to set the agenda for its platform? Limbaugh is visually and verbally a metaphor for what the Republican party is... a waste. It has quickly become very clear and laughable as to why the Republicans hurridly raised Steele as their new face. Like Bush, Steele is a puppet for the nasty man behind the current, first Rove, then Cheney, and now much lower can the Republicans sink? It seems they are putting all of their efforts into becoming the poster child for the planet's lowest form of life. Shame on Steele for backing down and shame on the Republicans for accepting the stench that is Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. richard miller

    Steele is a man with no balls and shows us that the Republican Party and it Ayatollah Gush Limburger aren't much better for the country than Bin Laden and his followers. What's next suicide vests on chubby radio show hacks????

    March 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Dan

    For those of you who blindly hate Limbaugh, here is an excerpt from the opening of his CPAC Speech:

    "Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don't see groups. We don't see victims. We don't see people we want to exploit. What we see - what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don't think that person doesn't have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government."

    March 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. KLK

    Mike Steele has officially rendered himself irrelevant with that apology.

    March 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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