April 20th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele: 'There's one Republican Party'

RNC chairman Michael Steele said Monday that there's one Republican Party..
RNC chairman Michael Steele said Monday that there's one Republican Party..

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele rejected the suggestion Monday that the Republican Party is fractured into different ideological or personality-driven factions.

"There's one Republican Party," the GOP head said on Fox News.

"There's not a Newt Gingrich side. There's not a Sarah [Palin] side. There's no Mitt [Romney] side."

Steele also said that the GOP had "bottomed and we hope that's the case." Citing upcoming gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, he suggested that the GOP would soon know how its efforts to regroup were being received by voters.

"But," Steele cautioned, "whether or not you've bottomed or not, you better have something to say to the American people." "I think the party has now positioned itself to talk about creating wealth versus wealth distribution."

The GOP chair also appeared to try to clean up recent statements by other prominent Republicans who have called President Obama a socialist. "We don't see this president so much as a socialist as we see him as a collectivist." "When you strip away this idea that the individual matters, for this concept of the collective – all of us pulling together and working towards some governmental goal – that's what I'm more concerned about," Steele added.

As the GOP seeks to reclaim its mantle of small government and fiscal conservatism, Steele also took a shot at the president over government spending. Monday Obama challenged members of his Cabinet to wring a total of $100 million in cuts out of their agency budgets. "We can cut a whole lot more from the federal government than $100 million," Steele said. "They're making it like it's a trillion dollars and it's not."

Weighing in on one of his party's hottest stars, Steele rejected the suggestion that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a controversial figure.

Steele likewise rejected the assumption that Palin was the automatic front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination. "Has anyone heard Sarah Palin say what her plans are for 2012?," asked Steele. "Maybe it's not 2012. It could be later." Steele added that Palin was "an effective voice" and a "player like Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney and all the others."


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Tim S

    Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have usurped our party. We have been in decline for the last four years.

    We need a third party!!

    April 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Michael Steele is living in a fantasy world if he thinks that there is one Republican Party......not fractured sections! He is not in charge. He has many leaders of his party and everyone knows who is running things........his right-wing buddies on talk radio. They are dividing his party into groups of people by preaching hatred and violence, and until his party can get these people under control, there will never be just one party! Certain senators and leaders are also trying to control his party with their idiotic statements. Mr. Steele knows who the troublemakers are! The disaray of the Republican party is a direct result of who is running things and that is what lost them the election!

    April 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Hey mike i thought the GOP was run by Rush the DE fatso leader.

    April 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Matt

    Hey sparky where have you been, they've had an admission test for years.
    1. Do you believe in Abortion?
    2. Do you like gays, blacks, hispanics, bossy women, or people of any other ethnic make up other then white?
    3. Do you love OIL?
    4. Are you a Christen?
    5. If your a Christen, and you've been caught cheating or worse can you prove your a Christen?
    6. Do You love Guns & War?
    7. How many flag pins do you own?

    April 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Pepou

    Is there STILL a Republican party ? Apart from Steele, Limbaugh, Coulter and the other clowns ?

    April 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Phil

    And the way they've been going, they might be one Republican Party too many...

    April 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. the cheekster

    First they're teabagging, now they're bottoming. At least the GOP is good for laughs.

    April 20, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. patriot

    Steele: Who told you to say that?

    April 20, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. obama/mama

    Here we go again with Mr. Potato Steel Head....

    April 20, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Carlos Averhoff

    Yeah, one Republican Party?? But the problem is Mr Steele YOU don't run nor are you the head of it. Who then?? Rush Limbaugh, runs YOU and every other Republican that steps out of HIS line.
    So Mr Steele watch your words or you might have to crawl back to Rush....again!!! C Averhoff Miami Fl.

    April 20, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Karen-phoenix

    I'm a 65 year old lutheran female who has been a republican all my life. I voted for and donated to President Obama because the republican party has LOST complete touch with middle America and the GOP is controled by radical right wing Christians, bigots and white surpremists.

    April 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. J.Crobuzon

    There's the Party of Limbaugh, the Party of Steele, and the Party of Gingrich – why, there really IS only one Republican Party after all! And they hate us for our freedom.

    April 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Jake

    Rush Limbaugh is the next president of the United States of America and Dick Cheney will be his Vice.

    April 20, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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