November 9th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
8 years ago

Steele hits back at GOP critics, defends record

(CNN) – As he contemplates reelection for a second term heading up the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele is lashing out at fellow members of his party who he says "don't want me in this job."

"They don't want me in this job, to put it rather bluntly," Steele told NPR Monday. "That has been a concerted effort since I got the job."

November 3rd, 2010
12:08 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele: Election gives GOP a second chance

(CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is crediting grassroots efforts and the involvement of state Republican Parties with fueling major GOP gains across the country, just hours after Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

"It has been a long time coming since we've had this taste of victory in our mouths," Steele said in a conference call with reporters, adding that Republicans were "humbled" by the opportunity to govern again.

November 2nd, 2010
09:04 PM ET
November 1st, 2010
08:43 AM ET
8 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."

Filed under: 2012 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
October 31st, 2010
10:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Steele’s election expectations

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Candy Crowley • Michael Steele • TV-State of the Union
October 29th, 2010
01:55 PM ET
8 years ago

Preston on Politics: Steele finds future on the road

Washington (CNN) - Six weeks before Election Day, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was high-tailing it out of town for a 48-state campaign swing before Election Day.

"On the bus, baby," Steele said as his motor coach for the "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour" pulled away from Capitol Hill. "Leaving Washington."

He kidded that his staff was "trying to get rid of me" and seemed genuinely happy to be leaving behind the nation's capital - a town full of political professionals who are not necessarily Steele fans. "This isn't where the action is ... and this party needs to be where the action is."


Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Preston on Politics • RNC
October 27th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Preston on Politics: Steele eyes second term as RNC chair

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials, three Republicans familiar with call tell CNN.

Steele, who wraps up a 48 state bus tour this week, already has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign and the chairman told people on the call that the reception he has received during the bus tour is tremendous, according to one of the Republicans. The Republicans spoke about the call only on the condition of anonymity.

Filed under: Michael Steele
October 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Sarah Palin says Americans are afraid of Obama's economic policies

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - As Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 Republican activists Saturday to keep working until the last minute to help guarantee GOP successes, she went after some recent comments by President Obama in which he said Americans are scared and frustrated and may not be thinking straight about the midterm elections. He has suggested Republicans were playing on that fear.

"Well, ya know Mr. President, you got it right on one point there, we are afraid - knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff and your fundamental transformation of America is a nightmare. This is not the America that the rest of the people want, this is not the America that patriots fought and died for and still dying for today," she told the crowd.

She urged those in the audience to "exhaust ourselves" in the last 10 days leading up to the midterm elections to help get the vote out and to make sure no one is complacent.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • issues • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
October 18th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Rubio to appear with Palin, Steele

(CNN) - California Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina took a pass when it came to appearing with Sarah Palin and Michael Steele during a get-out-the-vote rally last week.

Not so with Marco Rubio.

The Florida Senate candidate announced Monday he will appear with the former Alaska governor and RNC chairman at a "victory rally" in Orlando this Saturday, a week after Whitman, the GOP California gubernatorial candidate, and Fiorina, who is running for Senate in the Democratic-leaning state, cited scheduling conflicts in their decision not to stand alongside Palin and Steele.

Filed under: 2010 • Marco Rubio • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
October 16th, 2010
08:53 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin rallies California Republicans

Anaheim, California (CNN) - Sarah Palin urged about 2,000 of the GOP faithful to come out in support of Republican candidates during a raucous Republican National Committee fundraiser and rally in Anaheim on Saturday.

"Positive change is just around the corner," the former Alaska governor told the crowd. "Now is not the time to let up. Now is not the time to celebrate."

Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
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