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. S M R

    Mcdonnell don't have a chance. He and the GOP are poison for the health of our great Country

    May 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    I am certain McDonnell would rather Steele had not endorsed him. As of late, Steele has been the political equivalent to the "Sports Illustrated" jinx.

    May 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Larry from RI

    Really?
    That would be the "real Virginia" where the "real Americans live" right?

    Is that GOP re-branding thing done yet – it sure smells as bad as it ever did!

    May 30, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The Republicans will come back strong. Obama and his deficit spending binge coupled with the socialist power grab will be the strongest tool for a revival of good sound conservative logic.

    May 30, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. David

    I'll believe a "Republican renaissance" when I see it with my own eyes.
    Let's pray it's a long time coming. Rush, Newt, Cheney, O'Reilly, Coulter,
    etc., will surely be six feet under for it to ever happen.

    May 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Gotta Be Kidding

    So Claudia Shultz would you rather that everyone went bankrupt and even more people be unemployed? I shake my head at all these people who are so critical of the President. Just what would you have done in his place? Most people can't answer that because honestly there are only a few people in this country who are privy to all the information that the President is given. I believe that he is doing the best he can with the hand that he was dealt. The MSM and people like Claudia (who I don't believe really voted for the President) are making judgements and don't have all the information. Democrat or Republican – we as a people need to work together to get this country back on track. It time to stop all the petty partisanship and get down to serious business of making things in this country work again and all of us can play a role in that.

    May 30, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. NEVADA JOE

    Will Numbnuts BUSH, put his bottle if White Lighting down , plck up his stash of White Powder off the table and join in??????

    May 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. ThinkAboutIt

    I'm surprised the GOP is using big words like "renaissance" – they rely on mis-information and fear to get elected. Folks who know the definition of renaissance are probably smart enough to never be fooled again by the GOP and its failed economic, social and military policies.

    May 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. The Broker.

    To live within your means, is stupid. Now you have no means of paying that debt.

    May 30, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher

    The GOP should rebuild around Colin Powell and eject the others since they have no credibility. Gen. Powell can bring integrity to the party and rebuild a platform for the future.

    May 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. ED fL

    Why would Viginia want a group of HATE MONGERING, BIASED, RACIST'S to linger in their state to attempt to elect one more of their same ILK. Their mission is to suppress Virginia again so it will once more be considered a part of the BIBLE BELT where their less educated, higher divorced rate, unwed mothers can thrive under their supervision and give up all the gains they have made since they got rid of the OLD GOP and Its Biases. throw them out and live free.

    May 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    in a way I hope the GOP DOES make a comeback..it would be good to have a two party system to be able to choose from once again that offers some hope and answers and not just saying "NO" and offering nothing. They will have to get rid of folks like Rush and others that promote division, fear, hatemongering, lack of diversity, and intolerence to have folks like me start to be interested in what they have to say once again. And I can tell from some of the right that post on these forums that it will be a long time before they see the light and let those vices I mentioned go.

    May 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. ceck1

    What Republican renaissance? The hope is these folks keep the same negative hateful rhetoric going which is what they are going to do.

    As long as people like that overweight addict Limbaugh, and hypocritical Newt is around they will stay in the downward spiral.

    May 30, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. arvid

    Steele previously said the Republican comeback would start in NY-20, where Dem Scott Murphy retained Gillibrands seat in a longtime conservative Repub district. The RNC can't make up their mind in FL - they have chosen to withhold endorsement of moderate Charley Crist, in favor of Conservative Cuban Rep Marco Rubio.

    Repubs are conceding Hispanic voters , and as a result CO, NM, NV. The playing field for them is shortened to all of the McCain states plus IN, VA, NC, IA, and the new lynchpin of FL.

    I certainly would not want to be playing to this inside straight.

    May 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. frank ny

    Liberal and Proud of It dot com May 30th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

    That is why American Conservative leaders have opposed the abolition of slavery...
    -----------------------------
    Conservatism didn't abolish slavery???? I thought conservative republican abraham lincoln stated the emancipation of proclamation. i could be wrong its not like im a history major or anything lol. instead of reading whats on oprah's book list try to read books on economics and u.s. history and you can then see why "conservatism" is the reason for this country's success. Obama spends spends spends your money Reagan gave back your money so you could spend it yourself. Thats conservative economics for you. You can argue opinion but you cant argue facts.

    May 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Neilz

    "Liberal and Proud of it...."???
    Get some history, man. Start with Lincoln, move onto Jeanette Rankin, keep following the dots and try not to humiliate the entire left side of the aisle with your ignorant prejudice.
    The best thing McDonnell has going for him is a general distaste in Virginia for all things Clinton, McAuliffe's principal supporter. Since the East Coast Kennedys threw their support to Obama, support for the Clinton Clan has begun to dry up.
    Steele's opinion is worthless, and even detrimental. Rush rules the Right in Virginia.

    May 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Darryl Schmitz

    The traditional constitutionist wing of the Republican Party is the only hope for revival of "conservatism", not the right wing or the moderate/populist center. See references to the "Nolan Chart", which accurately represents the entire spectrum of political philosophy. It is NOT the false, left-center-right linear spectrum we've been propogandized into believing it is.

    May 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Had It

    @ Arvid
    ............Repubs are conceding Hispanic voters , and as a result CO, NM, NV. The playing field for them is shortened to all of the McCain states plus IN, VA, NC, IA, and the new lynchpin of FL. ...............
    ---------------------–

    WHOA !!!! I think NC turned Blue, Buddy. Better double check your records. And Florida is mostly hispanic. They will definitely be Blue also.

    May 30, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Mark C

    Yes are certainly wrong and there is certainly no need to inform anyone that you aren't a history major. It's pretty bleeding obvious.

    Lincoln was a Republican. There was nothing particularly conservative about him.

    *** i could be wrong its not like im a history major or anything lol ***

    May 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. The Broker.

    A great sale: for Dumb Hortons.

    May 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Hmmmm ... the folks in the picture with him look mighty white and middle-aged to me. Is that Rethuglicriminal "diversity?" Rich and richer? White and whiter? Mean and meaner?

    May 30, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Has Drug-Rush Humbug approved this message?

    May 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Dave

    Most Americans want to kill terrorists, not Americans who hold a different view than them. Therefore they do not fit the Democrat party. Please take the time to listen and read what Democrats think and believe, then ask yourself, do you have enough hate in your heart to support such evil?

    May 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. IMF

    Just got home from the convention. There is going to be some seriously bad news for liberals coming out of virginia.

    May 30, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Mark C

    Steele proves again virtually every day what a clueless lightweight he is.

    The GOP is going to be a long time in the wilderness, and deservedly so. They need to completely rethink their message and approach. If they want their message of smaller government and individual responsibility to sell, they need to show how it benefits people other than rich white guys. It has come to be regarded as nothing but an excuse to cut taxes on the wealthy and cut programs that benefit everyone else.

    Second, they need to get rid of their ideological blowhards like Limbaugh. As long as that guy continues to flatulate on a daily basis, the GOP is going to have a very hard time expanding beyond the 21% of the electorate they are currently down to.

    May 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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