January 30th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
8 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. harry

    I like Kane.....

    January 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Jason

    Do they want a cookie?

    January 30, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. mw

    Now isn't this interesting. Repugs really running scared.

    January 30, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Vern

    What a joke...LOL!!!!

    January 30, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. A Regional Party they are

    Desperate & Obvious. Had Obama not won, they woulda went w/ Duncan

    January 30, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. lilacs

    The republican party picked Steele for the same reason that they picked Palin, they think the american people are stupid and will vote for anyone that is not an old white man. It's about policies and the way american views. The republicans just don't get it. Their veiws are still 17th century and america live in the 21st century. It took 5 times of voting before Mr. Steele was elected,that tells the real story.

    January 30, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. D.Tin

    And now the Republican Party will be split.... The right wing conservatives who want things to go back to how they were circa 1960's and the more progressive into the future fiscally conservative republican... HA HA will be funny to see the conservative nuts take this up on the airwaves.....

    January 30, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Dana

    LOL How convenient- they took the only black guy they had in their party and made him the poster boy...thats laughable!
    Had they done it before the election where they got labeled behind the times and a bunch of biggots I might just believe there wasnt an alterior motive... nope actually on second thought I still would think it was an alterior motive!
    When will Republican's learn African Americans are not stupid and will not follow suit with any guy because he black- thats not why we all voted for Obama! We voted for Obama... we being White, Latino, African American, young, old, men, women... because he represented a long overdue CHANGE that America needed desperately after 8 years of a Republican regime in power- thats right, REGIME!

    January 30, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    Michael Steele is a joke...and the Republican Party is a bigger joke...These racist "elect" a token Black while they "toast" that racist, and un-American "idiot" Rush Pillbottle, who HATES Blacks....its too bad Steele didn't learn anything from JC Watts, who has "virtually" disappeared, and is out of sight from in the ranks of the "Goofy Ole Parasite" Party....

    January 30, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. BB

    Yay – repukes finally took one token.

    January 30, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. shoegazer

    Is this move supposed to,all of a sudden,make the GOP relevant.Now that they have their token African-American in the lead role,the rest will just somehow fall into place.Dream on.......

    January 30, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Barbara Campbell

    Like Colin Powell, he'll be exploited by the neocons – the party that works hard on its image to cover its greed and corruption.

    January 30, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. tired of corporate politics

    "we have the honor of leading our respective Parties "

    Let's keep this two-party control thing going. Let's not laugh out loud in front of the sheep – er – voters.


    Question Authority – and consider a third party vote next election in your area. Say NO to the RepubliCrats.

    January 30, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Mountain Jeep

    One word..."Pandering".

    January 30, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Sandy

    I remember when I was stationed in Maryland during the 2004 election and Steele was running for the Senate and had the nerve to have signs made up that said Steele Democrat but the population of Maryland was not that easy to fool and he lost. The guy's a snake. Is his selection an attempt by the GOP to make people forget about the magic negro song and the other racist remarks made by GOP members?

    January 30, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Scott L

    This is so awesome to energize the Republican base. Finally Republicans can get behind a REAL african-AMERICAN who is NOT a socialist or in bed with the scumball no tax paying losers of the Democratic party.

    And yes that means you Nancy Pelosi.

    January 30, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Haha...people who don't know Michael Steele have no clue about anything. No terrorist ties. No socialism ties. Maryland Lt. Governor and MD people loved him. He was great.

    Do a little research before you brush him off as a token black guy.

    And BTW didn't Bush put Condi Rice and Colin Powell in extremely senior positions in his Cabinet???

    Last time I checked, Obama has selected ALL WHITE PEOPLE.

    Typical Democrat hypocrites on this board.

    January 30, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Christine

    Democrats don't have a monopoly on black voters.
    I am sure the nomination of Michael Steele, will begin to peel minority votes away from the DNC.
    By the way, the stimulus package is crap, and public support for it is beginning to erode.

    January 30, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. RDW

    As long as you guys have people like Rush, Hanity and that guy Ann Colter, you won't get very many crossovers to join the republican party.

    January 30, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. The CSA has lost again


    January 30, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    Pffft... give me strength! These Republicans need to realize that they are NOT RUNNING ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR MOUTHS!

    I so sick of hearing their posturing! Pardon me.... I'm spitting up in my mouth! 🙁

    January 30, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Whatever

    Steele's only purpose will be to say everything that the white Republican's don't dare say about President Obama. He's another Alan Keye's. Self-hating!

    January 30, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. joe smith

    you know what they say,"can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"

    January 30, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    Hey racists,

    I thought it was Uncle Tom. Now token? I would ask you to make up you minds but......

    January 30, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. tanner, ca

    Some very angry, sad people on this board. Don't you have anything better to do than flame a politician you've never met on a message board?

    It's amazing that you all have no idea how PETTY you sound when you write these posts. And most likely never will. Sigh.

    January 30, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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