April 30th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Steele: I agree with Rush Limbaugh

Michael Steele said Thursday he agreed with conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.
Michael Steele said Thursday he agreed with conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who once found himself in a war of words with Rush Limbaugh, said in an interview Thursday he agreed with the conservative talk show radio host that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.

When questioned on CBS' "Early Show" about which Republican reaction to the Specter exit he most identifies with: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe's mourning of the loss or Rush Limbaugh's declaration of good riddance, the Republican National Committee Chairman replied, "Rush. I'm sorry I'm not weeping here. I'm sorry."

As to the future of the GOP, Steele wasn't overly optimistic, maintaining that the outlook of his party isn't great as of now.

"Well the future lies down the road a bit. I mean, look, I'm not going to sit here with, you know, pie-in-the-sky talking about, you know, how wonderful things are. They're not," he said.

But like his Republican colleague, Olympia Snowe, Steele insisted there is room for moderates in Republican Party, saying the notion that the party is exclusive "is just crazy."


Filed under: Michael Steele • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    OF COURSE......... Steele agrees with Limbaugh-the-comedian! Steele MUST agree with everything...... Limbaugh-the-GOP-leader says!

    The GOP is in trouble.

    April 30, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Steele is not in a position to be bringing up the issue of "dead weights." He may find himself looking for a new job if he doesn't keep his big mouth shut.

    April 30, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Happy

    Really, at this point isn't the whole republican party pretty much dead weight?

    April 30, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Ohio Man

    Awwwww it's nice to see them 2 playing in the sandbox again, now share your toys with little Michael ok Rush, he looks up to you..lol

    April 30, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. shucks

    What a hypocrit. To say this about a 30 year sitting Senator is disrepectful and arrogance at it's finist. The fact that he even acknowledges that he agrees with Rush Limbaugh shows why the republican party is the new party of irrelevance. As long as they treat their own like this, Americans can only imagine how much they care about the rest of us. Not only does the republican party have an image problem, it also has a moral problem. It has none pure and simple. I can't wait to vote for Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania in the 2010 election, and look forward to President Obama campaigning for him. Pennsylvania loves you Arlen.

    April 30, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Danny Boy

    Michael Steele = Weaker that Water

    April 30, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. KR

    Now I know why you are not going anywhere, you are listening to someone like Rush. What good advice has this man ever given in honesty; he comes from the party of no and Rush is enough. He will try to lead his party into a hole just because he, also, is a sore loser.

    April 30, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Tommy

    Of course he agree! Rush would have him destroyed today and kicked out of the Party for disagreeing with him....

    RUSH has the power to Relinquish all that disagrees with him and he loves it all!

    April 30, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. artemisios

    So he agrees with the head of his party. That's precisely what we should expect of a good and loyal second-in-command.

    April 30, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. No El Rushbo

    Well, at least we know who's really running the GOP

    April 30, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. John

    Well done Mr. Specter,

    It is always good to Abandon a Sinking Boat
    Or
    To make hay while the Sun Shines

    WE WILL SEE MORE HISTORY IN THE MAKING.

    THANKS TO RUSH LIMBAUGH.

    GO RUSH GO… KEEP THEM SWITCHING… :)

    No No No.

    Specter is not the "Game-Changer".

    Rush Limbaugh is the real "Game-Changer".

    This is just the first half. See the results after the full game :) :)

    April 30, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. David Ragozzino

    Right. So why all the arm-twisting to force colleagues to vote NO on every Obama initiative OR ELSE>

    April 30, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Sher

    Of course you agree with Rush, he's your boss. Heaven forbid you actually think for yourself, afterall you were spinless enough to apologize to the man after you called him out on his rhetoric. Way go to GOP!

    April 30, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Happy

    The republican party claiming that they are "moderate" is a lot like those people netting over a quarter of a million a year claiming that they're "middle class".

    April 30, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Marcus Tate

    Say what you will, but the Republican party is on hard times right now. They are losing seats, they are losing voters, they are losing their own elected officials who are now defecting, and most of all, people are losing patience with them. And by the way, this isn't going to change anytime soon, especially as long as people like Rush Limbaugh continue to speak for and represent the party.

    April 30, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. ran

    Love it. GOP keep up the good work and my dream of 70-90 Democratics in the senate will become a reality. Keep on not getting it.

    April 30, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Ken Sanders, Vancouver, Canada

    At first glance from a Canadian ( me ) at Rush Limbaugh, he scares the heck out of me as a fascist, racist, and a bigot. I would steer well clear of that guy. And of course a loud mouth, self-serving con man. Thank you.

    April 30, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. The Dude

    The GOP, a party of one.

    April 30, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. tedious898

    Shocker ...Steele agrees with Limbaugh. The epitomy of the GOP big tent...

    Come Children (GOP sheep) all are welcome....all are welcome ...NOT

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Don

    Yeah, there is room in the Republican party for you as long as you're a right wing, anti-immigration, anti Darwin, intelligent design believing nut job who also believes in tax breaks for the rich. Come on in!

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Crazy Cat Lady

    Steele insists there's room in the party for moderates but rejoices because a prominent moderate has been driven out.

    Cognitive dissonance: the bedrock of Republican thought.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Paul

    That right Steele, follow the orders of the real head of the GOP.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Jeff, TX

    I do not see the logic of swinging so far (and callously) right. I can imagine that the GOP will reconstitute over time, and the pendulum will swing back to the right. (1994!) But this is just a harsh, unattractive way to respond. I do not understand the strategy or the goal.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Republicans Suck

    The party of clowns.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. David Newport, OR

    keep talking guys. And keep listening Americans. The true face under the mask is showing.

    April 30, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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