November 1st, 2010
08:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Steele to Palin critics: Shut up!

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."

"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."

Steele's comments were in reference to a Politico article out Monday in which a string of unnamed Republicans, feeling Palin could not be a viable presidential contender, said it will be the party's goal to prevent her from running in 2012.

Other establishment Republicans have also gone on the record to criticize the former Alaska governor – most recently Karl Rove, who last week said Palin lacks the gravitas to sit in the oval office.

But speaking on CNN Monday, Steele said he would be happy if she is the party's standard-bearer in 2012

"If she goes through the process and the Republican primary voters vote for her, absolutely I would be happy," said Steele. "Why wouldn't I be?"


Filed under: 2012 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Diane

    Because when you realize the woman is a blithering idiot....then you may realize you won't be happy with her being the GOP candidate.....but then some people do need a brick wall to fall on their thick skulls!!!!

    November 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Ken in NC

    Mr. Steele has some nerve telling the GOP to "Shut-Up. He fails to realized that his tenure as the Leader of the GOP is directly tied to President Obama's term in office. He fails to realize that with the end of the term of President Obama,, the defacto leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh is going to advise him that his services as a Front Man for the party are no longer needed.

    November 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. steve

    Here is a better idea – Steele and palin need to shut up. Talk about binging a party to ruin! these 2 are useless.

    November 1, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Three Dog Mama

    No way would I vote for her – even if she were the only candidate for the office. She ran out on her fellow Alaskans. What is to say that she wouldn't do the same thing if she were President? When someone is elected to office, they should finish that term out then start their new life. Not run out on them. She is not a politician that I have a lot of faith in.

    November 1, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Dt

    Lol, hey steele us liberals hope she get it too. i would love to see her debate obama.

    November 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. slipthalo

    He continues to show his lack of everything. She's not a viable candidate for anything.

    November 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Gore Batchov

    It's a repeat of a story told!

    Republicans don't seem to understand the changing situation of US America and its role in the world right now. Like the "hardliner communists" in the late 80th of the last millenium couldn't cope the fact that Mr. Gorbachev took the chance of a controlled change the "perestroika" to lead the declining USSR empire into a democratic system, the republicans in the US show the same fear of the furture. A future that will come with or without Obama and which is something USA and the world should face the earlier the better. As sure as the US will loose their role as world police, the western world will withness Asia's domination.
    Palin and other reps try to incite the underprivileged crowd, they fuel angst and hate. This is not a good game. And America won't win playing that game.
    America has to face the signs of time and better off set the course to be part of the future rather than to remain in the past.

    If the Palins of the world dominate, war is on agenda.

    November 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. fastrack

    "These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up" "...Karl Rove, who last week said Palin lacks the gravitas to sit in the oval office." Gee, Michael, wasn't that Karl, using his own voice and standing in the light for everyone to see and hear? "Steele said he would be happy if (Palin) is the party's standard-bearer in 2012." Gee, does that mean he would be happy because he already has a job lined up, as Tea Bag in Chief for 2011-12?

    November 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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