July 16th, 2009
06:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele: 'Wait to see' what Palin does

 RNC Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that people in Washington should 'wait to see what she does.'
RNC Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that people in Washington should 'wait to see what she does.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to step down from her post, saying Thursday that he admired her decision to "focus on her family," adding that the "brain trust here in Washington" should "wait to see what she does."

Steele also said that Palin is not a quitter and called that notion a "wonderful Democrat talking point."

"You have to take her at face value, why she made that decision when she did and then, let's wait to see what Sarah does next," Steele said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "Then, that will begin to give you some idea of how that story will unfold. All the pontificating, stop it. Wait to see what she does."

Earlier in the month, the Republican National Committee Chairman suggested Palin's decision to leave the governor's mansion early was a sign she did not intend to run in 2012.

"Not having talked to the governor, I take 2012 off the table right now simply because given everything she's going through personally, dealing with the financial mess that all these ludicrous investigations have put her and Todd in, at the moment, I think she's trying to focus on getting her house in order, her personal house in order," he said.

Also in the interview Thursday, Steele said fixing the health care system is the first priority for Republicans, but continued his heavy criticism of President Obama's plan - declaring all Americans shouldn't get taxed more to pay for health care reform, but that the overall costs need to be lowered. Earlier in the day, the RNC launched a Web site also criticizing Obama's plan.

"We do not have to tax and spend our way to deal with the costs," Steele said. "With where in American history or anywhere have you saved money by spending more money?"


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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Muhammad Sattaur

    shes is hands down the dumbest politician in america – truly our worst.

    July 16, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. John H.

    Steele, along with the rest of Republican leadership, is so out of touch with any semblance of the twenty first century and the attendant problems, it looks as if they will never regain the national spotlight until they lose some of these bozos like Palin, Romney, etc. No chance for these guys, they will be going up against too much Obama for them. He will have a war chest in the neighborhood of a billion. So the Republican "Brain Trust", in reality is non-existent.

    July 16, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. boriskat

    Are you f'ing kidding me? SHE'S A QUITTER. That's what "stepping down" means. Give me a break.

    July 16, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Ursula

    I don't understand why people vote for stupid republicans. They are just plain stupid and I don't understand why anyone would want a stupid person making decisions for them. Every republican I know is stupid. I guess smart republican is an oxymoron. <<<>>>>

    July 16, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. How Dare You Challenge Sarah

    She is not a quitter. A good point guard knows when to pass the ball, always looking at the basket. There ya go again, Joe, pointing the finger backwards. You betcha I am going to progress the things I believe in . . .

    Run Sarah, run, please. . . pretty please, with sugar on it.

    July 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. citizenjane

    What is missing in this picture? If the republicans would spend as much time and effort in governing, instead of quitting, maybe – just maybe – we could dig out of the whole they dug us into.

    She flipping QUIT. Period. Just as she QUIT every job she has ever held. If that doesn't say a great deal about her CHARACTER, I doubt nothing will.

    Financial mess, Steele? Her public defense fund is footing the bill. She hasn't doled out one cent, for pete's sake, nor will she have to.

    Geesh, when will the lies ever stop coming from this party? Sad as this is, I really think these idiots actually believe their own spin.

    July 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Irene

    Who cares what a quitter does?

    July 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Larry

    "brain trust in Washington" is an oxymoron.

    Whatever she does she'll always be a quitter for leaving her elected post.

    July 16, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Mitch

    HA! The words "brain" and "trust" are not two words I'd use to describe Republicans in Washington.

    July 16, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. witch

    I was taught that if you have a job and you don't finish that job then you are a quitter. So please explain to me how she isn't a quitter. Did she not finish the job that she was elected to do, so isn't that quitting?

    July 16, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Norman

    Classic example of GOP spin

    Palin quite her job, but she's not a quitter (isn't the definition of a quitter, one who quits??)

    Wow-and that is being said with a straight face!!

    I'm just glad that Palin is done politically!!

    July 16, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Phat Elvis

    Poor Sarah, how could such a good Christian have forgotten Galatians 6:7:

    "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap"

    She and the GOP will be left to wander in the desert, ignorant of their own unrighteousness and arrogance

    July 16, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Neilz

    You know, after watching the Republicans during the Sotomayor hearings this week, I think Palin might actually be the best hope the GOP has in 2012.

    July 16, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. kishen c.rao

    just don't bother about her...let her cook for her hubby...ok...and take care of her children.....she knows by now, politics is dirty....

    July 16, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. usualone

    These people who say Palin isn't a quitter do not know the definition of "quitter" is. She hasn't been fired or retired from her job as governor. I wonder what word they would substitute for the word "quitter?"

    July 16, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Mark

    Palin has a bright future in whatever she does. Hopefully, she will run for presdent. We need her.

    July 16, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Angela in LA

    She quit her job, half way through an agreement with she made with the voters and the people of Alaska. Not for a higher job in washington or anything like that, she just quit.

    How is that maverick?

    Makes you wonder if she would have quit half way through a term as vice President, dont it?

    July 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Keith H

    What is all this leading to?

    A person quits but is not a quitter but a talking point?

    I am really getting frustrated at the way these people in politics seem to think that the general public is just plain stupid. These spin doctors, in all the political parties, don't realize just how these things sound.

    Next they will say a person who lies is not a liar.

    July 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. go fly a kite!!

    who cares!!!

    July 16, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. malabar

    she speaks the truth and from the heart, the people that don't like her don't have to listen to her, but they do that and much more don't they? Team Sarah!

    July 16, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Republican from Alerbami

    Uncle Mike will save us, and the GOP,just ask uncle Steve,the real one.hahaha

    July 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. rev

    I can't wait to see the new Sarah Palin line of womens clothing at Wal-mart! She'd be perfect to travel around the country, from Wal-mart to Wal-mart and explain how hockey moms can benefit from her slimming fashions.

    July 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. SMJ in Florida

    So if I leave my job, what does that make me? A QUITTER...just like Palin.

    July 16, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. JR

    the "brain trust here in Washington", man, that let's him out, doesn't it? Steele, the only person in the GOP LESS relevant than Palin.

    July 16, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. ender

    Again, the republicans say the Dems are wrong on healthcare but bring no ideas to the table.

    You repubs need to help us fix things or get out of the way.

    Help us since you think you have all the answers. Healthcare costs have been ruining hard working americans for over a decade now. We NEED relief.

    July 16, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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