(CNN) - The man in charge of electing Republicans across the country tried to lower expectations Sunday, saying if Republicans win 37 seats in the House and remain in the minority, it will still be a success for the party.
Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and said he would also consider a 39-seat pick-up, where Republicans would become the majority, a victory.
“If we get 39 seats and take the majority, that’s a success. If we get 37, that’s success,” Steele said. “We were the party out of power ... we were going to be regionalized, marginalized to the lower portions of the political spectrum. We have battled our way back.”
Steele told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that if Republicans do take control of Congress, they will have to be careful with the power.
“You cannot just go and do the same old same old, because if you do, then you’re going to wind up seeing a split in the party,” Steele said. “You’ll wind up seeing people take that support, that newly found support they have for the party, and place it elsewhere.”
Steele said the party should continue to “address the concerns that the people have” and bring the administration to the table to “get something done.”
He denied claims that he is involved in discussions about stepping down from his leadership post, and said he would not address his future until after Tuesday.
“I’m focused on Tuesday,” Steele said. “After Tuesday we’ll let whatever come, come.”
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