September 13th, 2010
07:40 AM ET
8 years ago

RNC to kick off Pelosi bus tour

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele kicks off the fall campaign Wednesday with a 117-city bus tour aimed at rallying GOP voters and helping wrest control of the House majority from Democratic hands.

The “Fire Pelosi Bus” tour, named after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is scheduled to travel to all 48 contiguous states and wrap up right before Election Day in Maryland. The first stops will be in Virginia.

Donning a red “Fire Pelosi” hat last month, Steele unveiled the bus tour at the RNC’s summer meeting in Kansas City.

“We are going to be living on that bus, sleeping on that bus, eating on that bus and bringing that bus to your community,” Steele said to a standing ovation of RNC members. “We’re bringing it to your community. We want your candidates on the bus. We want party leaders on the bus. We’re taking it to the streets. We are taking our message back to America we are the people’s party. We are the people’s party. Get on the bus.”

Steele has been criticized for his stewardship of the committee, but the GOP has scored some big wins during his tenure as chairman, including winning races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts.

Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Nancy Pelosi • RNC
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. USA 1

    No military retirements, no military healthcare, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicade, no government jobs, education, science, no Constitution, no country…

    After the Tea Party/GOP extremists take over in November this will be the New Pledge of Allegiance

    I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United Corporate States of America, and to the wealthy, for which it stands, One Corporation, under Wall Street, with discrimination and poverty for the American middle class.

    September 13, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. scott

    And in a strange twist of fate, the GOP Establishment has requested that Steele ride in the back of the bus.
    Previews of things to come.

    September 13, 2010 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Louisiana Man

    If that's not the pot calling the kettle' black.

    For Steele to criticize Pelosi for any infraction is hilarious and gall to the infinite.

    But when one's position is hanging on by a thread, I guess desperate antics are par, especially for this clown.

    You hang in there Nancy-you have tons of supporters!
    We will NOT be bullied by these rogues and we WILL regain the House and Senate.

    September 13, 2010 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – a bus full of CRAP – going around the country and Virginia is the FIRST STOP!!!

    They claim they are coming into MY neighborhood, My community and they have a message for ME and they want ME to get on THEIR bus and ride with them – they want ME to help them 'take America back.."!!

    Not ME and I guarantee you I will NOT see that bus. But I 'betcha' by golly WOW – CNN will force us to see it as they trail behind it giving a 'blow by blow' description as to what is going on - WATCH!!

    September 13, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. JOhn

    A bus full of hate is the republicans only new idea in years. Hundreds of people that hate Nancy Pelosi that when asked, have no idea why.

    September 13, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    I agree that Pelosi needs to go along with obama, reid, dodd, and all of the rest of the obama tax cheats, but truely, what will happen without a contract to the American people. If the repubs cannot put something in writing that they will follow and stick to then what is the difference, First question is, Can the Republicans READ? We know the Dems cant, because they never read the health care bill nor can they read and understand the english language thats why this is the Dems last go around, its the little big horn and we are here to stop the maddness and WE THe People Will Do Excatly That, STOP THE DEMS and PELOSI.

    September 13, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. King

    Heads up dems the gop will be in your area spilling lies, fare, anger negativity, and rheduric the same stuff theyve been spilling hoping to crash the economy so they can get back in power. Peloci is a work horse one of the most succes the congress have ever seen. The gop sat on the sideline the whole time while she slaved away for the middle class and poor to get from out the ditch the gop ran us in, now you want us to diss her especially when she has the wheel wheel rolling again MAN PLEASE.

    September 13, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  8. matt

    When will we ever begin to understand that "America" was forged on individuals working together! This is just a waste of time, dollars, and energy.

    September 13, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Navybill ,sleeping, and eating on a bus. How similar is this to my years in the submarine service? Here is a well grounded thought, folks you will probably be at each other's throats in days and then the stench of living in close confines will drive you apart. Try a hotel nightly for a good night's sleep, laundry facilites and a shower. The trip will prove more benificial and you may even remain friends.

    September 13, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. The Other Dale

    All apart of the positlve "bringing the country together" thinking of the GOP.

    Next will be the "tar and feathering tailgate party" for Reid, followed by the "punch anyone that disagrees with us in the mouth riot" in November once the Republicans don't win the number of seats they thought were in the bag.

    Really, when was the last time the Republicans had anything good to say about this country? Not about Palin or Beck or some oddball who is promoting their agenda, but about the country itself?

    September 13, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. ChadinMD

    Is that all the Republicans have is the "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour?" How about a "How We'll Fix the Economy Tour?" This is a party with NO solutions, only snarky criticisms of the left that make for catchy bumper stickers. And sadly there are many in our fine electorate who will fall for it in November.

    September 13, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. ABM

    They are a total joke and wasting tons of money in the process.

    What are the solutions? What are the plans (in detail – not talking points)? If you are about regaining power and that's all then you are NOT representing the people at all. This is pretty much the game that conservatives are brainwashed into voting for the GOP.

    How about this Steele and GnOPer's – make a promise to do something, draft a plan for all to see, publish it before the elections, and promise that if you do not accomplish it within specific timeframes (like the 18 months you gave the Dems after President Obama took office) then you would resign from office.

    Campaigning ethics and accountability should be at the forefront – not childish antics.

    September 13, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Michael

    Once again, the GOP defines people as RICH people. The rest of us are subhuman peons born to enrich the upper class by our labor; we don't count. By that definition, they really are the people's party.

    September 13, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Steve Brown

    I'm a registered Republican who thinks Steele is a real wierdo

    September 13, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is the best they can come up with?

    September 13, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. lil

    Steele you will get fired first.

    September 13, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Chris

    Again, nothing but negativity coming from the Republicans. "Fire Pelosi" – never anything constructive or positive, no real solutions, just the same old dogma and attacks.

    September 13, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |