April 28th, 2009
12:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele: Specter left because he knew he'd lose

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the Pennsylvania senator left to avoid electoral defeat.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the Pennsylvania senator left to avoid electoral defeat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Reacting to Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to leave the GOP, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the Pennsylvania senator left to avoid electoral defeat.

"Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not," he said in a statement.

"Let's be honest-Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.

"Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Michael Steele
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Another nail in the Republician Party coffin !

    There're Dead Jim !

    April 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Robert

    Keep it up GOP.

    April 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Arlen Spector left because he felt he would lose. Considering the lengths at which the Republicans in the past have gone to win is this considered an insult or a compliment?

    April 28, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Peter

    Is Micheal Steele made of steel or mud? oops I just forget he is unswerable to Rush Limbaugh! the GOP defacto leader!

    April 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Kendall

    Steele doig what Repubs do best, throw their friends under the bus, not job not congratulating him Steele, Your going to lose also by the way

    April 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Linda

    Why don't Michael Steele run for something, instead of being used by the GRAND OLD PARTY that probably has about 2 minority members.

    April 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Blue is my favourite colour

    Steele – please memorize the words: "Super majority" You're going to be learining more about it in the not-too-distant future.

    April 28, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. charlie

    Steele is an idiot and is one of many things wrong with my party. It is a cautionary tale to both parties. If you continue to squelch moderate voicies in either party, you will get this result.

    April 28, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Too True For You

    Spin, baby, spin! Faster! The truth is catching up!

    April 28, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Tim

    Why are my comments always waiting moderation??

    April 28, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Leena

    Steele you embarrass me. Why can't you just talk or make an intelligent statement without getting juvenile in your statements?

    Your response the serious situation of a GOP senator changing parties is "....get ready to go to the mat, baby, because we're coming after you and taking you out..."

    Really? Who do you think your audience is, a bunch of 12 year olds?

    On second thought, you are the perfect figurehead for the current GOP. Pathetic.

    April 28, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. gbrown2


    April 28, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. JG

    Michael is an idiot! What is he a third grader?

    April 28, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Maybe he went his own way, because he was tired of hanging out with stupid people. But Oh! that couldn't be the case. Look at all the self-proclaimed genius and wealthy people who claim to be the friends of the working class, while fleecing same.

    April 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Soccer Nana

    This token-winner needs to muzzle himself. Did someone check his college transcript; he doesn't behave like an educated person; he behaves more like Rush-the-college-flunkie

    April 28, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Fan of Common Sense

    EXACTLY! Specter is a cockroach. He is concerned about his own political survival and nothing else. The republicans should be glad to be rid of him. Now maybe they can get a REAL republican in the seat.
    Now if the republicans can just get rid of the other closet democrats (McCain, Snow, and Graham).

    April 28, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Alaskan Girl

    Steele=big huge sour grapes!!!!!!

    April 28, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

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