May 30th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Steele: 'Republican Renaissance' starts in Virginia

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell will face the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell will face the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary.

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele praised Bob McDonnell Saturday for receiving the official party nomination in the state's gubernatorial race, and said he is part of a "Republican renaissance that starts this year in Virginia."

“I would like to congratulate Bob McDonnell for being selected by Virginia Republicans today as their candidate for governor," Steele said in a statement. "It is going to be a tough fight, but we are well positioned for victory in November."

Steele said the RNC is committed to devoting its "full attention and significant resources" to helping McDonnell take back the governor's mansion in November.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is now in the final weeks of a tough three-way primary battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He has received an enthusiastic endorsement this year by former President Bill Clinton.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Michael Steele
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Whats wrong with the picture of the Canidate?. Virginia is a
    diverse state not the Good Old Boys network shown in the picture.
    Note Obama Won in Virginia.
    No appeal to the Majority of People just some more hate again!

    May 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Whats wrong with the picture of the Candidate?. Virginia is a
    diverse state not the Good Old Boys network shown in the picture.
    Note Obama Won in Virginia.
    No appeal to the Majority of People just some more hate again!

    May 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Chris

    Ha ha ha, renaissance my rear!!!

    Republi-who?

    Please!

    The party of evil and ignorance is finished.

    Never again!!

    May 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. john m

    i think this is funny but as Americans i think we have to short a memory. If this is a resurection of them god save us All as we have forgotten alot. and way to quickly. it will be interesting to see the right neocon kooks who are out of the closet complete bigots taking back control. people really need to remember the past there but i am not holding a lamp of hope

    May 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Ellis

    He will bring much needed young people into the party. The old republican party is dead and the young and new party is emerging with good things planned for Virginia and it's young and new families.

    May 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. J Robinson

    I'd say that a Terry McAuliffe win in the June 9 primary would just about guarantee a Republican victory here. McAuliffe's transparent phoniness does not play well here, despite the bubba endorsement.

    May 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Lori

    Ha! Ha! Ha! I almost spit out my coffee laughing at Steele's comment. 'Republican Renaissance'??? Earlier this year, the 'Republican Renaissance' was supposed to occur in NY-20 with Tedisco but when that didn't work out well for them... now, it's in Virginia with McDonnell??!!!??? What a joke Steele and the Republicans have become. What a JOKE!!!

    May 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Right after the rebirth of the Whigs.

    Come to think of it, maybe the right is going back to its ante-bellum roots.

    May 30, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Post always rejected by CNN

    It will take a long time before the people in this country forget the mess the bush administration made of this country. Before they forget the mess they made of our participation in world events, the war, the torture, and steele has the guts to say the republicans can come back so soon. Course in Farwells part of Virginia. But the rest of the people who live there have come to their senses and will use that good sense.

    Look what a mess their last republican governor made and it took a Democrat Mark Warner to get it on track and with another democrat in charge it is staying on track....they would be fools to put a republican in charge again to screw things up.

    May 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Too late to revive the party, Shaft

    you are going down in flames... up shall come the independants and not a moment to soon, our country has been damaged by Bush and Cheney to the point of needing significant change

    we got very lucky Obama choose to serve

    May 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. craig

    Where's R. Lumbug and "deadeye" Cheney? I hope that they've gone shooting together.

    Stick a fork in the GOP and bury it!

    These guys have ruined America and now want us to forget about the problems that they caused and support them.....NO!!!!!

    Just go away. I've never been political in my life but now will be actively supporting anyone who is running against the gop.

    May 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Amanda Richards

    GOP Renaissance in Virginia???!? NOT! McDonnell voted AGAINST taking stim money which would have helped the hundreds of thousands of Virginians OUT of work (with more to come!) He has consistently voted AGAINST the commonwealth's best interest which is it PEOPLE!

    Another Republican here who will be voting for a Democrat come November 2010!

    May 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Simmy

    Mr. Steele......Cantor, Romney, and Bush (Jeb) launched their NCNA (new America) tour a couple of months ago......Now you says it's a 'Republican Renaissance.' It's neither.....America has already been "founded" (Our Founding Fathers).....You can't re-invent the wheel.....

    A renaissance is the rebirth of something that still exists.....What your party needs is a Reincarnation.......You must render all of your old ideas (methods, actions) dead.......You must bury all of your past attitudes of entitlement, bury philosophies of old establishment dead weights, and start anew......It's never gonna happen......

    Even if McDonnell manages to squeak through in November, it will be short lived.....Your party has a death wish.......Your party is operating under a self-fulfilling prophecy....You are on target to have your wish granted and your prophecy fulfilled.....Peace....

    May 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Michael in Hawai'i

    There is still a Republican Party?

    May 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. D. Tree

    Steele thinks just by saying there is a "renaissance" that makes it so.

    As soon as the GOP stops focusing on "branding" itself, and focuses instead on new ideas, THEN there will be a comeback – but it might not be for another 30 years. :-)

    May 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Wayne, Greenville, TX

    It seems logical that Michael Steele would refer to a GOP renaissance – after all, the Republican Party is stuck in the Middle Ages on so many issues... :-)

    May 30, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Adam

    Great! Non-stop GOP rhetoric and smear-campaign ads will clog the local channels until November once again. When will the GOP realize that the harder they push in swing states the harder the moderates and liberals will push back?

    May 30, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Marshall Maglothin

    "Republician Renaissance" is a nice recognition and complimant to Obama's oratorical use of alliteration.

    I'm sure Webster's will pick up the phrase as the most outstanding example 21st century of oxymoron.

    May 30, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Proud DHS radical

    I expect if Obama get's his Cap and Trade taxes along with a new Federal sales tax, and Amercicans are still out of work, the people will have enough of the liberals by 2012 and kick them all out of office.

    May 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Gary

    You want to revive the Republican party?

    STOP SPENDING MONEY!!!!

    The deficit spending has been completely out of control, both parties! Obama has a crazy notion that if he just borrows a humungus amount and spends that he will somehow be helping us. When that debt comes due in 5 years or 10 years it won't be his problem. This spending spree is pathetic.

    May 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Jeff W.

    Why do all Republicans look the same? White, nerdy haircut, and eventual obesity.

    May 30, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Steele is a big-mouthed idiot.

    May 30, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Curtis in WI

    Not unless you decide that it's okay to be non-white, non-rich, and non-religious fanatic.

    May 30, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Danny

    It's sad the way the media can make or break a candidate simply by failing to give them the equal attention they deserve. The coverage of this governor's race makes plenty mention of Terry McAuliffe, but rarely are his viable opponents, Brian Moran and Craig Deeds, mentioned. Terry McAuliffe, a national-level partisan Democrat, is truly the establishment candidate.

    May 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Gee...Didn't Steele also say that the "Republican Renaissance" was suppose to have happened in the special congressional election for the 20th district in New York to replace Senator Gillibrand? Democrat won there too. So much for Steele's ability to predict the political future.

    May 30, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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