(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele brushed aside suggestions fellow Republicans Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney are hampering his efforts to put a new face on the party.
"I'm here. And they're not," Steele told CNN's Campbell Brown Tuesday. "So it's not a question of whose face is where, it's the fact we've got a very broad party. Everybody has a role to play. They're playing their roles they have their constituent groups they talk to."
The comments came hours before a new poll released Wednesday morning showed more than half of Americans could not identify who speaks for the Republican Party. In the same poll, 13 percent said Limbaugh was the most prominent GOP speaker while only one percent identified Steele.
But in the interview Tuesday, Steele beat back the notion Limbaugh is the current leader of the Republican Party.
"The media likes to play up the Rush Limbaugh angle and the Newt Gingrich and some of the other folks, that's fine," he said. "But the reality for me is working the grounds, working with state party organizations, and trying to set a tone that transcends what may appear on the news every night, but actually touches voters, reaches them and have them understand exactly what our position is on any given issue."