January 30th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Kaine congratulates Steele

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine congratulated former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele on winning his bid for the GOP chairmanship Friday.

“My congratulations to Michael Steele on his election as chairman of the Republican National Committee," Kaine said in an issued statement  "Together, we have the honor of leading our respective Parties during one of the most important periods in our country’s history."

Full statement after the jump

“My congratulations to Michael Steele on his election as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Together, we have the honor of leading our respective Parties during one of the most important periods in our country’s history. I look forward to working with Chairman Steele as we set out to put partisanship and the politics of the past aside to get our economy working again. The American people have sent a clear message that the challenges we face are too great for us to get bogged down by outmoded ideological divides. They have challenged us to work together to find practical solutions that will put this country back on the right track. President Obama and the Democratic Party are answering that challenge, and I hope Chairman Steele will join us.”

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Wall street executive

    Congratulations, now where is my tax cut on that big bonus I just received I know your the party of greed so cut my taxes or I will destroy your economy!

    January 30, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. aware

    Congratulations are in order! Put away your hate mongering Obama fans! 🙁

    January 30, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Flo

    Copycats................The RNC decided that Black is beautiful afterall; what a tool Steele will be for them. He doesn't have the pull to bring minorities together, like President Obama. Good luck GOP, because you will need it in the coming years.

    January 30, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Honest Abe

    WOW! I'm excited about this.... Now I know what UNCLE TOM actually looks like! I've never seen him before! I WANT TO GET HIS AUTOGRAPH.

    January 30, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. just dallas

    still republican(and I say that with such distain

    January 30, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Pinckney

    Hate, hate , hate... all you idiot liberal democrats do. I read blogs on both sides and the moron dems have the most hate I have ever seen in America. You make me ashamed of my country!!!!

    January 30, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Temple Student

    LOL as a woman of color may who's family up until 2004 were hard core republicans, I just say.... PATHETIC! They really think they can get themselves a token black guy that has NEVER won even a senate seat to fix there party..... SO SAD people of all colors are more intelligent than that.

    January 30, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Retired Marine Officer

    Once again the RNC make a huge mistake. When you only have 3 minorities on your committee you are not diversified. Rush should have been elected since he is the voice of the republican party. The Minority Americans only believe he was elected as the chair because he is Black. Bad Move for the RNC especially when his competitor had to resign from a white's only country club (sounds kind of scripted doesn't it). Wow now that is the RNC. They now have a token....Michael Steele. The World backs Obama...

    January 30, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Tammy in arizona

    I do not know anything about Steele but if he can improve or modernize the Republican party in some way that would be progress.
    However.... Steeles statement regarding sparing with Obama is not the sign of a good leader.
    Obama doesn't have time to spar this isnt a boxing game. The economy in not a game.

    January 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. DIZIZI31

    in the words of the John McClaine... Welcome to the Party Pal!!

    January 30, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Irishny


    Were Rice and Powell tokens? was Clarence Thomas a token?

    Get over yourself democrats.There are many conservative minorities out there,who want smaller government and who are conservative on social issues.
    Which demograph voted heavily against gay marriage in California?

    We're all supposed to rejoice in the historic nature of minority democratic successes but when a republican from a minority background gains success,we're treated to "its pandering","its tokenism".
    Even worse we have some people using terms like uncle tom just because some black people have the gall to think for themselves and not lump in with the democrats.

    Its disgusting really

    January 30, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. gina

    Wow. So cynical! Kaine and his wife are so good-natured. Let Steele celebrate his accomplishment!

    January 30, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. MJ

    No love for Mr. Steele. Why oh why did you have to pick Mr Steele?

    January 30, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Mike in VA


    Republicans most recently had the first Black Sec. of State, and the second a black woman!

    You liberals are showing your true colors

    January 30, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. German,Irish American

    shoegazer,BB, Denise, Vern, I can really feel the liberal "Obama, yes we can" vision of love and hope and change and bipartisanship. At least you don't have to look up the definition hypocrispy, bigotry, and racist in the dictionary, all you have to do is look in the mirror.

    January 30, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Independant Thinker

    My God,

    Look at the hateful, racist democRATs on this site.

    January 30, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Rick Sutter

    Dems are pathetic. When racism is finally eliminated, dems will be out of a job. Dems perpetuate racism in order to have a "victim" to protect. You guys are jokes. We criticize Obama for being socialist. You call us racist. We elect an intelligent, principled, black man, you call US racist.

    January 30, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Br

    Would Tim Kaine tell Steele that the Church Age is over ??

    January 30, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Bill

    First it was Palin to get Clinton women and now Steele to get who? 'Obamas coalition is too wide to be wooed by tokenism.

    January 30, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    hopefully Mr Steele didn't sell his soul to Rush because we all know who the REAL spokesman for the GOP is. Rush, Hannity, Palin, Joe the Plumber, and the GOP has NO idea why they are fading so fast!

    January 30, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Sue

    I'm shocked-Sarah Palin wasn't written in to lead the party. Isn't that what Rush wanted? What must he be saying now with a black man in charge of his party. wow. I am underawed.

    January 30, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. lil

    I know republican hate African American because I am African American and I live in a totally racist republican area of the south. Where their hate of African American really came out during the election and after President Obama won the election, Very bad.

    January 30, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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