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."