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. dell

    Steele, Hold your own breath for Palin. She will never hold another political office.

    July 16, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Rosa

    What ever!

    July 16, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Ted Tartaglia

    I'm not sure on what Steele bases his statement that Palin is not a quitter. She resigned her position as Governor of Alaska; she quit!

    Let Palin do whatever she desires. She is finished in politics because she only appeals to the far right religious zealots of the Republican Party. She may gain the Republican nomination but she will never garner the votes necessary for election to any national election.

    Palin has had her 15 minutes of fame so now let her fade away like Joe the Plumber.

    July 16, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. bella

    When push comes to shove, not even Michael Steele is willinging to tell the TRUTH on this one!! Oh Well!! That ain't no BIG surprise!!! Steele has what he thinks is SO MUCH POWER! And in this case, I guess he needs an extra can of "spinach" to really speak his mind!!!

    July 16, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Palin quit,therefore she is a quitter. What other definition could rationally be described here? Palin, Sanford, Ensign... in the eyes of the GOP they can do no wrong. Even conservatives are taking note of how the GOP defies all it's own morals.

    July 16, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Moderate Democrat

    "With where in American history or anywhere have you saved money by spending more money?"
    -----------------
    Let me slightly rephrapse and see how it applies:
    "With where in American history or anywhere have you made money by investing money?"

    Guess it's all a matter of opinion on what you are spending the money on. An investment or a simply spending. Us democrats call it an investment. It will cost more up front, but it will FORCE the competitors to compete with the government. At present, they refuse to compete. They simply sentence people to death to turn a BIGGER profit (which was already huge, but they keep upping it and killing more people....along with the GOP).

    July 16, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Moonbeam

    I am no Chairman of no Republican Party and I don't know what "brain trust" Michael Steele is talking about , but my brain tells me that it is very easy to predict what Sarah Palin will do.
    She will get herself a talk show, probably on Fox. She will get rich. She will move out of Alaska before winter, perhaps keeping home there only for a bit of summer fishing. She will do no pesky boring jobs like studying legislative issues or studying anything , for that matter. After all, it appears as of recently, the stupider you are, the more truly Republican you are.
    You betcha!

    July 16, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Buddy Gilmour

    There's no question that Palin is a phenomenon. She is for conservative whites what Obama is for liberal people of color. Unfortunately for her she doesn't have Obama's intellect nor his steadiness of purpose. I see her as the last hurrah of the GOP's "southern strategy". As things currently stand, the coalition of white working-class religious fundamentalists and white upper class moneyed interests is no longer competitive at the national level. Palin's appeal to women seems to be limited, perhaps by the fact that she has not really embraced the issues women care about. She splits the Base with Huckabee, which opens the door for Romney, who just doesn't seem to have the right stuff (not to mention that the Base rejects his religion). The GOP needs a serious re-make.

    July 16, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. The Shrooming Liberal

    Oh no! She isnt going away! Micheal Steele sure put the hip-hop back in the rebublican party! Hes so dope!

    July 16, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. RUTY

    Steele is as dumb as Palin. I wonder if he can read a newspaper or even know what a newspaper is. They would make a perfect pair.

    July 16, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Anny

    Just because Steele says she's not a quitter and other republicans say she's not a quitter.......that is suppose to change our minds about her? Well it doesn't......she is a QUITTER and she is as sneeky and sly as a fox......she knew when she gave her ANNOUNCEMENT about quitting what she was planning to do and if she has all the rest of you stupid Republicans convinced otherwise then you can believe it......WE DON'T

    July 16, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. catmom

    We have already seen what Palin does, she quits. It is amazing to me to see Republicans come up with all sorts of explanations they can to avoid acknowledge that Sarah Palin quit on her state and quit on herself. She can not be trusted to not quit on the American people espicially when times get tough and she is overwhelmed.

    July 16, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. The power be with you

    Yes, I'm anxiously awaiting to see what dear Sarah does!!!! She brings so much comedy into my life. Laughter is good for my health.

    July 16, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. John

    Mike, Mikey, Michael....Sara has NO chance. Unless she does some type of vodoo on the American public, we aren't going to vote for her.

    I know your good boy club doesn't feel comfortable with my guy, but give Ron Paul the spotlight. He is the only thing that can save the GOP. You can take that to the bank.

    July 16, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    adding that the "brain trust here in Washington" should "wait to see what she does."

    Alas two words I no long associate with the National GOP "brains and trust"

    July 16, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. It's Sarah in 12'.....

    Obama is failing in everything he does-–he has no clue how to fix the economy, stop unemployment or end the foreclosure problem....

    Obama is also failing in Iraq, Afghanistan and N. Korea....

    Is there some reason that we need Obama? For what?

    July 16, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. SOLE

    I just don't understand the how we can "wait and see" if she's not a quitter. Any other working American can't quit their current job and obligations due to personal problems and not be considered a quitter, let alone using that as a pathway to a promotion. Why would we set a much lower standard for someone who is suppose to be a political leader?

    July 16, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. Dave in Altmar

    So, fewer than 1 in 3 Republicans think Failin' Palin is qualified to be President. Why is she still "newsworthy"?

    July 16, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. m smith

    The whole republican party should go away and regroup. Its like a three stooges movie. Chill find some people who will help the party instead of the bozos you have now

    July 16, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Tatianna

    For the past eight years, dems championed: Dissent is the highest form of patiotism. Of course, that was then. This is now, dems slogan: Reps-the party of no. Dems campaigned on having smarter planes, yet they whine when reps question or challenge them. Dems called Bush a King (King was a compliment considering all the vile name calling they hurled at him,) chastized reps saying they blindly follow and rubber-stamped Bush admin agenda and policies. Well dems, we have witnessed Obama/admin/dems blunder after blunders and will continue to excerise our constitutional rights and freedoms to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. If you consider us as party of no, we will wear the label proudly – DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTISM!

    July 16, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Larry

    Palin continues to prove everyday what so many of us have said for nearly a year

    She is a clueless brain dead female

    Who's only motivation is herself

    She does not care about Alaska or the people of this country

    Sarah only cares about Sarah ... period

    July 16, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. adamandkanani

    She quit her job...the job she was ELECTED for and entrusted by the peopel to carry out. YES. YES she is a quitter. She is a quitter by the very definition of the word.

    All you who defend her are blind and ignorant.

    She is a quitter because she QUIT. Totally neglecting her responsibilities. She thinks she can make it as president? Bill Clinton was constantly attacked and distracted by Republican nonsense...the man cheated on his wife...why was this even investigated? None of our business. But even he DID NOT QUIT. She would crumble under the pressure of the presidency.

    She is PATHETIC and a QUITTER.

    July 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Richard-Arkansas

    Palin had a job as governor with two years left in her term. She resigned. What part of "quit" does she not understand?

    It is interesting that she has not completed any job she has been elected to. Going for a higher job might be understandable but unless she plans on staying home and shutting up, she just "quit" to do her thing, whatever that "thing" is.

    July 16, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Gator

    Palin is past tense, if they are going do anything in 2012 they need to get a strong candidate to represent them. She is not the one.And hopefully the Americans who voted for obama will realize what a monumental screwup they made and put at least someone who knows how to manage money in the running and not let this fiasco happen again.

    July 16, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. tee

    I can't comment on the stupidity

    July 16, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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