May 30th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. trowaman

    T-Mac by 10 in the primary (Deeds gets second) and T-Mac by 3 in the general after Obama comes for 2 consecutive weekends and Bill Clinton stays for a nearly a month.

    Is it really a renaissance if the Republicans take the governorship but, as expected, lose seats in the state house and the Attorney General?

    May 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. dreamer

    I sure hope they checked with Rush first this time.Last time didn't go so well,ROFL.

    May 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Josh, Va Beach, VA

    We've got the right people in Washington, but we need a Republican back in Richmond! All REAL politics is local. And we HAVE TO get rid of Tim "The Veto Master" Kaine.

    May 30, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Bob McDonnell will be the next governor. We had to piss poor democrats who did nothing for VA but only served themselves.

    May 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. harold

    JUST what dos the new REPUBLICAN nominee going to do for VIRGINIA?.... GET health care for all people or leave it all like it is... CUT spending in time of Depression.?....... I do not think the republican has any plans to lead a progressive government in the state..any more than I think Herbert Hoover would get us out of the Depression....BY the way is he a moderate or Liberal whom RUSH cannot support?

    May 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Concerned in Boulder

    Your "Republican Renaissance" needs to start with a change of attitude–not image.

    America and the world has no need of a party or any political entity
    which worships money and business.

    May 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Mitch

    Steele needs to understand that just because he says it, doesn't make it so. It sounds more like wishful thinking than that of a person overseeing a party that is isolated and berift of ideas and support.

    May 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Chris

    Republicans won't come back until Obama is out of office. Obama is doing too good a job for it to be otherwise.

    May 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Audrey in VA

    I attended the convention. What a breath of fresh air! It was so good to hear from leaders that are committed to curtailing government waste and onerous regulation. I think Obama's socialist policies are really going to galvanize conservatives like Carter did for Reagan.

    May 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. marcus

    is it really a renaissance if no one comes ? in order for the republicans to become significant again, they need ideas. and they have none. they're clinging to ideas that took the US to the brink of economic destruction, and they're still arguing that those ideas are GOOD ideas ! the issues the GOP used to claim as their winning hand, they hold none of. they can't keep us safe. they completely destroyed our economy. and, they are idiots when it comes to international diplomacy. better cling to your racist strongholds in the south.

    May 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Mark, Phoenix

    Republican renaissance? Does this mean that their thinking is finally out of the Dark Ages? And why are so many of the GOP from the Mesozoic era?

    May 30, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Tom

    As a life-long resident of Virginia and an astute observer of the Virginia political scene I wouldn't recommend that Bob McDonnell pack his bags for the governor's mansion just yet. I fully expect Terry to win the June 9th primary and handily defeat Bob in the fall election. This state will probably never see another Republican governor. We've all worked real hard to make this a blue state and we're not about to mess it up by electing Bob. Governor Terry McAuliiffe, you can mark my words.

    May 30, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. kevin, ABQ

    At this point, the GOP needs a resurrection more than a renaissance.

    May 30, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Brian

    McAullife is a world renowned scum bag and is the poster boy for what we shouldn't want in American politics. Democrats should be embarrassed to run him.

    May 30, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Franky

    Yeah, right? The primaries is only a couple weeks left or less than that. To tell you the truth, I've always thought McDonell was gonna be their guy, after all, he's the only who I've been listening to during that race while the Dems have some distinct characters in their race who will indeed face him. If there were other contenders involved, I never knew, LOL!!

    May 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. JT

    Hey Steele, I hope that you asked Limbaugh could you start it in Virginia. I don't want you to get in trouble with your true de facto leader of the GOP.

    May 30, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. brian a.

    Reminds me of their 'comeback moment' when they said they would win back the vacancy left when Gillibrand took Hillary Clintons NY Senate seat. Of course they lost that to a Democrat. So how many more times will the Republicans 'guarantee a comeback' before they see how far gone they are.

    I suppose they could always step away from their far right evangelical based policies... but no that would be 'moderating' lol.

    May 30, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Rich

    I think he meant "re-renaissance" having already blown the renaissance in NY with Tedisco.

    May 30, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Hal

    I learned a lot about the GOP last year during the Presidential campaign with their treatment of the candidate Ron Paul. Here was a guy who STRICTLY follows the Constitution, NEVER voted to raise taxes, and works to ACTUALLY cut spending (not lower the rate of growth of a program and call it a cut). These are all positions that the GOP says it stands for, yet they ignored and vilified this veteran and patriot because he would not go along with the GOP's massive war spending.

    So now your words ring hollow Michael Steele and other GOP leaders. When you had the reigns of power, you exploded the size of government! Sure the Democrats are doing it as well, but at least they don't lie to you about doing it.

    I voted GOP all my life (since Reagan) but stopped after 2000. You will have to get a whole new crop of people in there – and people who really believe in freedom – before you have any chance of getting my vote again!

    May 30, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Ir Mr. Steele wishes to lead a genuine "Renaissance" then he must be prepared to stand firm against the ideology of the left. Opposing the Sotomayor nomination may indeed cost the party votes from Latinos and Women, however, the failure to do so will cost the party a great deal more true conservative voters.

    May 30, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Sam

    Many are hoping for a Republican renaissance, but it doesn't begin with an election. It begins with a platform. In opposing the current administration's way of handling our country's problems, one must have an answer when asked, "okay, then, what do you propose to do about it?" If you haven't got the answer to that question, then there's not much point in being part of the conversation. Why not begin with a sane, sensible platform that everyone can get behind... admit the mistakes and get back to the small-government basics, abandon the name-calling, forget about politics and elections for a while and focus on ideas – we could use some good ideas right about now.

    May 30, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Sam I Am

    OK. So here's the deal. Go read a history book. Find out what the Renaissance was. Nominating yet another party operative who does nothing but read talking points and toe the party line is NOT a renaissance. It is business as usual. Most moderate Americans would welcome a TRUE renaissance in the Republican party. That would be, for those of you too lazy or illiterate to pick up a book, a complete overhauling of the system. A new awakening in philosophy, thought, art, science (yes, gasp, "science"!), and law. Frankly, I don't think the Republican party has any intention of a renaissance. They don't have the guts. When a party allows itself to be pushed around by a gas bag like Limbaugh, a pathological liar like Cheney, a slime ball like Gingrich, and a geek like Rove, there is no hope for them. Until they get those people and out, the Republican train to oblivion, with stops in places like Crazy Town, will continue to its final destination. Oblivion City.

    May 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Nick

    If Steele wants the GOP to survive, it's time to listen to Dr. Ron Paul and support candidates like Ray McBerry for governor of Georgia, Randy Brogdon for governor of Oklahoma, Roy Moore for governor of Alabama and Debra Medina for governor of Texas.

    May 30, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. republicanturneddemocrat

    Not likely a Republican will win that race either.... Virginia is now a Democratic state.

    May 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. David Paul Pollan

    GOP renaissance in Virginia? Michael Steele and the GOP are delusional...that party brings nothing to political discourse except embarrassing, out of touch, out of date, out of time stupidity. Steele can only be described as "amateur" at political calculation. The remaining "face" of the new GOP, Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney, can't hold a candle to the sense of optimism that President Obama brings to the country, despite the sorry mess left by their group when finally toppled from power.

    Now, what would possess the good people of Virginia to want to return to the dark days of Republican control? maybe limbaugh is sharing from his drug cache to anesthetize the voters ...

    May 30, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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