March 25th, 2009
06:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Steele: Open to prez run if that's 'where God wants me to be'

 Steele is chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Steele is chairman of the Republican National Committee.

(CNN) - Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Wednesday he'd consider running for president someday, but stressed he has never given serious thought to a potential White House bid.

Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon, Steele said he may decide to seek the presidency at some point if he determines that's "where God wants me to be."

"God has a way of revealing stuff to you, and making it real for you, through others," Steele said. "And if that's part of the plan, it'll be the plan….[If I run] it'll be because that's where God wants me to be at that time."

Steele also brushed aside charges that his initial weeks as GOP lead have been marked by a series of damaging gaffes, including his initial criticism of Rush Limbaugh and his subsequent apology to the popular talk radio host.

"I am a cause and effect kind of guy," he said. "So if I do something there's is a reason for it. Even if it may look like a mistake, a gaffe, there is a rational, there is a logic behind it."

"It's all strategic," Steele added.


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