January 5th, 2010
07:21 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele says it's too early to predict 2010 outcome

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele modified his prediction that the GOP will not take control of the House in 2010 - this far in advance, he told CNN Tuesday, no one knows what will happen.

Steele responded to a question about GOP prospects in 2010 Monday night by telling Fox News that Republicans were unlikely to take back the House: "Not this year," he said. But the GOP leader told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that he simply isn't ready to make any kind of prediction and that Republicans now are trying to "put in place good candidates to win and winning as if we will take the House in the fall."

"No one is right now declaratively stating that we will win the House back in this November," Steele said. "If they are saying that, I'd like to see the crystal ball they are looking through, because there is a lot of politics to unfold here, and a lot of races to be settled on both sides of the political tracks."

Earlier Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee aimed to negate Steele's comments, with spokesman Ken Spain saying he thinks the GOP can win back the majority in the House in the upcoming midterm elections.

"The NRCC's goal has always been to recapture the majority in 2010," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said in a statement. "Independent political analysts and even liberal columnists have stated that Republicans have a very real shot at taking back the majority in 2010. Make no mistake about it, we are playing to win."

Steele said he agreed with the statement, and said Republicans will run tough races this year.

"It was not a slap at me, and there we go, trying to create a diversion and distraction and there is tension on the Republican side," Steele said. "I will not sit back and say, we will take back the House. What I agree with is the RNC and NRCC and others that we will be in play and fight hard to win the seats, and we will be competitive all of the way to the end."

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    I don't think Steele realizes the level of absolute disgust that the American taxpayers have with Queen Nan and her loyal drones!

    January 5, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Chip Pierce

    Talk about a figurehead.
    Steele has about as much credibility with (and control over) the GOP as I do.

    January 5, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. dude palin

    My vote will be for all Dems running for re-election and any new Dems !!

    January 5, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Mickey

    ...and the backpedaling begins!

    January 5, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Petre

    IF the American people really love this country and don't forget 8 years
    of Republican control that almost destroy this country. the Republicans
    should not take anything for the next century.

    January 5, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Frank, Las Vegas

    It will be many many more years until the GOP even comes close to winning back the house. They have gone so far right that they are a joke to the country, outside of the 19% who are very vocal but lack sadly in numbers. I think the voices they hear in their heads make them feel like there's a crowd behind them. NOT.

    January 5, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. m smith

    This means Steel has to think something he is not capable of.

    January 5, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. John

    I think we're going to find a lot of interest groups who the Democrats see as 'captive' demonstrate to the Democrats that they're the Samson kind of captives, willing to vote for the Republicans simply to send the only kind of message the Democrats will understand: political unemployment.

    As Steve Goldstein of Garden State Equality, a NJ pro-gay-marriage group, put it:

    "Either we will be able to march up the aisle and have marriage equality, or we will march across the aisle and have political independence."

    January 5, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. saftgek

    That anyone with a scrap of reasonable thought could/would listen to anything Michael Steele says is unimaginable.

    Mr. Steele is exceptionally venomous, and drives a wagon load of GOP hate-mongers on a daily basis. He and his "Party" are committed to the destruction of U.S. culture, as long as they are successful at causing the Obama Administration to fail at serving the citizens of our country.

    For all his blustering, preaching and ranting – he is just another ultra-Right Wing extremist that puts his ego ahead of the people. Classic GOP!

    For those of Mr. Steele's ilk, I am NOT a Democrat nor a Left-Winger from the "Left Coast." As a committed independent, I am well-equipped to make objective assessments.

    January 5, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. jj

    CNN and republicans speak from both sides fo their mouth!

    January 5, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    First this clown say's they won't, ten minutes later on another news channel he say's they will, now he say's it's too soon to tell.........Do the math people.........this guy has NO CLUE what he's talking about from one minute to the next, just all the more reason why he should keep his little token, showpiece yapper shut......But anyone who actually pay's attention to this mentally challenged piece of window dressing knows that he talks because he likes the sound of his own voice and not because he actually knows anything!.......Do you sheep really need MORE proof?..........Seriously?..........Come on!

    January 5, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    In response to Cindy's comments she made on Steele's previous ticker.

    I withhold judgment on employment and foreclosures...Let's revisit this a year from now and see where we are.

    Unless you are a smoker your taxes have not increased. Are you a smoker?.
    My 401K tanked in 2008!! Not 2009. If yours tanked in 2009 rethink your investments.
    How is the Health Care Bill a disaster when it hasn't even been signed into law? Can you see the future?
    Every Democrat is a tax evader or is every tax evader a Democrat? Please clarify.

    Please don't come in here with weak stuff next time, ok?

    Thank you and have a great day.

    January 5, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Xavier

    I can predict one thing, it wont be long before the GOP sends Steel packing.

    January 5, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Is it Back Paddle or Back pedal? Either way Mikey looks dumb.

    January 5, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. jbakaregit

    Oh now this is good. I guess Boss Limbaugh and co. have already gotten to him about his statement made yesterday, reminding him that nothing is wrong with the GOP. Everything is wonderful. "We're gonna beat that socialist marxist Obama and his band of tax & spend libs and commies! Yee hah!"

    Steele, you know you had it right the first time. Saying "no" to everything + obstruction + tea partiers that alienate every thinking person + folks still remembering 2001-2008 does not equal GOP come back.

    January 5, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. midwest liberal

    A phone conversation between Mr. Steele and his boss, right before his modification statement:

    "Uh...hello boss, what can I do for you?"
    "Mike, you need to retract that statement right now! As your boss, that's an order!"
    "Sure boss, whatever you say. Consider it done!"

    And Michael Steele thinks to himself, "Man, that Rush Limbaugh can sure be tough to work for!"

    January 5, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Steele must have gotten a phone call from Limbaugh ...

    January 5, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    Mr. Steele made a mistake, speaking about a subject on which he had not prepared a position.
    It wasn't as bad as the mistake he made criticizing the attending of a private school by the President's daughters.
    As a Republican, I'd be happier if Mr. Steele thought more before some of his statements.

    January 5, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Jim

    Sometimes this guy comes across like he not a complete loon. Probably a bad trait for a Republican.

    January 5, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Rush Limbaugh

    Ok, I'll do it. Republicans will lose all seats outside the old South

    January 5, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. noneofyourbusiness

    "It was not a slap at me, yes it was and there we go, trying to create a diversion and distraction and there is tension on the Republican side," as usual Steele said.

    I would normally counsel people or groups like this to 'get their act(s) together' – but I hope this circular firing squad continues.

    Michael Steele is a laugh riot! He wears great suits – but ultimately, they are 'empty suits!

    January 5, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Democrats see the writing on Nancy & Harry's bathroom walls.

    January 5, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Doreen Mayers

    Now that the Holidays are over, and life is back to normal what are the politicians in Washington doing about unemployment. The media has stop focusing on unemployment, but that does not means that everyone is back to work. What about foreclosures that are continuing around the country once we take the foreclosures sign away, does not means that foreclosure has cease . People are still hurting and are still scared.

    January 5, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. EZR

    al-quada can never exist as a nation , they can only exist as a
    fear-mongering cult.We allow them legitamacy when we attack each other as a democracy.

    Bin Ladin is dead.The cultist will continue to attack per doctrine no
    matter who is president.

    I supported President Bush and I support President Obama.

    We win when we get it right.

    No Fear, Forever from Whom !!!!

    January 5, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Sherry

    If anyone has half a brain they will not let the war mongering repubs be elected....

    January 5, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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