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. john

    Although I have been known to vote Republican on occasion, I will never ever again push a button next to anyone whose name has the word "Republican" associated with it. The so-called tea parties finally pushed me right over the edge. As far as I'm concerned, your party has been permanently tainted by the ugly, hateful, racist, homophobic, bigoted signs displayed at those protests. I will never again be able to go the voting booth and see "Republican" on the ballot without seeing those images. Up until that point, I was willing to believe that your brand could be saved. It can't.

    April 20, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Gene

    Is he going to repeat this speech in slang to keep up with this "we're now the hip party" routine? :)

    April 20, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Steele is worthless. He capitulates to the powerful in his party far too easily. I don't think he has any room to talk. Evidence shows us something completely different from his claims.

    April 20, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Shadysider

    There better be more than one GOP, or else I and many others will be voting anything besides them for the immediate and forseeable future. The Republican Party is on the WRONG side of every single social issue and their party lines about 'refusing to talk to foreign powers without a position of power' and many others are just out-dated and no longer work. The only high ground they had was fiscal responsibility and economic conservatism and they are no longer that party. They may attempt to take over the Libertarian Party as they took over the tea party, but they are too bull-headed. They are a failure until they adjust. Unless they do they will always be viewed as who they were. "THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!" – D. Green

    April 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. johnny

    Well, WHEW! I can sleep tonight! Glad to know there's only one GOP, but how many countries do we have right now? The one we voted for and the one the GOP dreams of?

    April 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Chi Town

    Creating wealth not haning it out
    Small government
    Less spending
    Less control over daily lives
    Pay for a days work... not for someone elses lack of it

    This is the GOP I want... and the reason the GOP is hurting is because the last Administration didn't follow the guide.

    The Dems are in conrol because President Bush over spent and grew government.. which is what the majority of Republicans don't want.

    April 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Omar Baez

    "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.

    Obviously this idiot has never served or known anyone to serve in the military.

    Oooohhh everyone working together for some government goal...badddd.

    What the hell kind of idiot statement is this?!!

    Now is the time for everyone to pull together and work to getting ourselves out of the ditch the RNC and Bush put us in for the last 8 years of damage.

    Hell its only been several months of President Obama's run and so far I'm better off for it. My wages and opportunities were stagnant under Bush.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Alison

    A "collectivist!" Is that what they call it nowadays? Must be a collectivist of votes then.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. shucks

    Creating wealth for the wealthy MR. Steele is the same ole, just in a different package. Nothing new here. I'd say the republicans have alot more work to do other than raise money.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. thomas young

    Only Sarah Palin can get me to vote GOP. She's a real reformer and she's absolutely honest. She's the real deal.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. harry

    if they were concerned with the welfare of the country as opposed to how they can stay rich we'd all be better off.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. mary dale

    This has to be the first article from a Republican that did not mention tax cuts to solve the problem. Big first step unless part of the words were cut out. But he still seems to be missing the point when he says he is concerned about all of us pulling together and working towards some governmental goal as a problem. We need to pull together, this isnt going to get better for quite some time and it is time that the Republicans acknowledged their part in the creation of many of todays problems and realize that if they are not part of the solution, they will go the way of the Whig party. Its always about money for them (and mostly the rich), its never about what is best for the people. They have to stop voting NO as a block for anything that comes up in congress. It might make Rush happy, but Rush is rich and doesnt have to worry about any recovery progress, he can live the rest of his life off the backs of the poor.

    April 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Shadysider

    ...And they will throw you under the bus and out of the party if you disagree with that notion!

    April 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Some Republican Guy

    Now is the time for us Republicans to stand united! This country has gone to heck in a handbasket ever since that Saddam Hoosain guy blew up the world trade center. Now we're all going to be communists. They want to teach my grandbabies that we came from monkeys! Monkeys!!! ACORN is gonna give all the jobs to illegal aliens. Gay people will be able to get married and vote and everything. They're going to spend my grandbabies future on wasteful porkulusses like education and interstructure!!! Wise up people, soon we God fearing folks will be the minority, then they'll start rounding us up and putting us in the reeducation camps. Have a nice day!!!

    April 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. TjayeInLA

    There's one Republican Party...and it is a MESS!

    April 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. nazario a. gonzales

    No comment......enough is enought.....

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Matthew

    Michael Steel says, "We don't see this president so much as a socialist as we see him as a collectivist." and then say that his concern is "strip[ping] away this idea that the individual matters, for this concept of the collective – all of us pulling together and working towards some governmental goal" Isn't that the same as calling the President a Socialist!?

    The GOP is in complete disarray. They have no message. Even "the mantle of small government and fiscal conservatism" is a joke. Those are empty words. The last four Republican administrations have done nothing but bloat the size of government and baloon the deficit. We wouldn't even be having a conversation about deficits and deficit spending is W. was never voted (snuck) into office. He increased the size of government 33% in his first term alone. He's the reason the financial system is in disarray and we're a trillion dollars in the hole, not the Democrats.

    America is starting to wake up and realize the Republican rhetoric is just that: just a whole lot of talk.

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Chris

    if they were concerned with the welfare of the country as opposed to how they can stay rich we'd all be better off.

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Rickymo

    This guy and many others like him who think that way are delusional. The GOP party sans Goerge W, Newt and others like him have some good ideas...unfortunately they are over shadowed by the fact that it is the party of intolerance (with way to many fascists) and unwilling to let go of the past. Pity...

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele is singing to the wrong party. Steele needs to tell Palin, Gingrich, Romney and the rest of the "other party" because we have one Democrat Party.

    April 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Samuel

    Yeah, there's one republican party and it's sinking faster than the Titanic because the members aren't listening to We The People.

    We The People spoke, the GOP didn't listen.
    We The People voted, the GOP lost the elections.
    We The People are laughing, the GOP keep spouting off nonsense.

    April 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. dj

    And one is quite enough, thank you, Michael! But hopefully someone else will reinvent the conservative movement with some new ideas and an actual plan and form a new party, so that we can all put this ugliness that the Republicans have become behind us for good.

    April 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Sammy

    Thats probably why its not doing so well. There is no cookie cutter for the members of any party and you cannot ignore those differences hoping they will go away. Fewer members are taking a hard line as well. Beating them down will not get him any points. Oh, I'm not a republican but Sarah is no Mitt Romney.

    April 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Steele: 'There's one Republican Party'
    The American People's response: 'THANK GOD!'
    Really, could you imagine how bad things would be if there were two Parties of No? ;) Sheesh, that's like getting another hole put in your head, you just don't need that head ache!
    In all seriousness, Steele's statement is absolutely correct, there is only one GOP...and they ar dying a slow agonizing horrific fearful public death at their own hands by their own making.

    April 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Scott, VA

    Steele is a great voice for the Republican party. Our country is in great peril, both economically and morally. We need to return to absolutes and what our founders intended.
    People do not realize the threat we face as we continually slide down the slippery slope of relativism and political correctness.

    April 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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