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. alvino

    Steele said he is a conservative and not a centrist. That will attract a lot of people to the republican party.

    January 30, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Chris, Los Angeles, CA

    I find it ironic that self-proclaimed "tolerant" Democrats are so quick to attack anything or anyone remotely connected to the Republican party for no reason other than their own disagreement with it. That being said, I hope Steele successfully shifts the party away from the excessive influence of social conservatives, who need to realize that they will have to either accept moderate conservative leadership or let the Democrats keep winning elections.

    January 30, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Me Down South

    You have got to be kidding me... I mean really... what are they trying to say?

    January 30, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Arden

    It will take more than a black Michael Steele to take control of this group of bullies and idiots. Good Luck Mr. Steele. The first person you need to deal with is not Pres. Obama but Rush Limbough. Otherwise all of this is a big joke. Your job is to make the Republican party relivant again.

    January 30, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. John in Cal

    What a transparent move.

    January 30, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. JG

    Glad Steele won. There are a lot of minority conservatives that have no representation. I hope his chairmanship will work to make the GOP represent all people with conservative values.

    January 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Tyrone Brown

    Michael Steele...a very Palin-esque attempt on the part of the Republican National Comminttee to open the Party tent? Now cue orchestra for a rousing rendition of "Send In The Clowns" (as sung by Pat Boone).

    January 30, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Al-Chesapeake

    Okay liberals you have your man in the white house now lets see
    if you can start to have an intelligent conversation and comments
    on the blogs. You just can't get over it that what this country needs
    now is more cooperation between the two parties to get the
    economy back on track. Mr Steele is a very humble individual
    and will do the RNC good.

    January 30, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Pel

    Congratulations to Mr Steele on his election to president of the RNC.

    However, I do not see him changing much of the mind set of the hard core republicans. They are wedded to Han and Rush. So the MEAN SPIRIT WILL CONTINUE.

    Sorry about that, but you have just been right winged republicanized.

    January 30, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Nancy

    I am not impressed. I am an independant who voted for President Obama because I feel he has the best interests of ALL Americans in mind. As much as I hate to make the following statement because I would hope the RNC voted for Mr Steele based on his qualifications, my instinct tells me this is just another ploy by the RNC to win the vote of black America. There is no way the RNC has miraculously changed their decades old racist ways. I am a person of faith and feel the conservative right has gone way to far and is way to judgemental of others lifestyles. Tolerance is what the bible teaches not hatred. Mr Steele, I am afraid you are being used just as Sara Palin was by the RNC simply for political gain. To quote Rush "I hope the RNC fails". Americans a bit more intelligent than the RNC gives us credit for.

    January 30, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Beth

    Y'all are just mad because you have no reason to play the race card now. Denise,are you okay? You seem angry about something.

    January 30, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. az voter

    We elected Obama. Steele represents tokenism. The Republicans are desperate to avoid being received as a a regional party. Ya'll

    January 30, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. TrueIndependent

    This is a sure way to break up the republican party.

    Kaine congratulating Steele? Why are democrats always so polite and courteous to these self-absorbed republicans?

    January 30, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. jumbo

    why did it take one day to get 2 million at dc for obama getting in offiice,t but gave 4 days notice for 200,000 to leave new orleans ...hummmm

    January 30, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. God Bless the U.S.A

    watch out steele, they will use you for a scape goat.

    January 30, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Simmy

    I am glad that you guys get it. This selection by the Republicans will cause the more divisiveness (remember Sarah's reign?). I'm waiting for the next blogger to come with a Palin/Steele 2012 post. It's all about "Strategies." They don't have a true voice; and after that daunting rebuke by of all people Sen. McConnell, one of their own, they are terrified. Note this: the only two Blacks I saw at the meetings today were Ken Blackwell and Michael Steele. Tara Wall (Washington Post), Amy Holmes, and that guy with the "eyes" Ron Crist of something, couldn't make it I guess.

    January 30, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Erwin

    Michael Steele is the one to go after Obama? ask Allan keyes what happened to him in 04. lol. An oreo will not attract black people to the repugs party. that party is ded because now the racists republicans got another reason not to vote.

    January 30, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. kayla


    January 30, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. AJ

    President Obama has long coat-tails indeed....They are so long they even reached into the Republican Party. There is no way in hell the Republican Party would have selected Micheal Steele to lead the party if Obama was not on the scene.

    The historic candidacy of both Hillary and Obama has made the Republican Party do some dumb things for the sake of politics instead of ideas and leadership. First was the selection of Sarah Palin to be McCain's VP and now it is the selection of Micheal Steele.

    The Republican Party has given the Democrats a way to control the White House and Congress for the next 16 years!

    January 30, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. jackie ohio

    as an african american, the RNC will never get anymore of the black vote than they are already getting, Steele is a token and a uncle tom, as long as obama is president, the RNC have no chance in gaing the minority vote, not in my lifetime, blacks aren't thinking about the rebubs

    January 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. sarah of indiana

    do any of you realize that it was the republicans who put an end to slavery in this country? democrats formed to preserve that abomination. it was a republican (lincoln) who freed the slaves. it was a republican (t. roosevelt) who enraged democrats and racists by inviting a black man to dine at the white house for the first time ever. it was the republican party that pushed thru the civil rights legislation and the great martin luther king jr. was a republican. i will never understand how anyone can support the democrat party and believe that they are the party of inclusion. that party was formed by members of the kkk. it was inhabited by margaret sanger who started planned parenthood and advocated abortion specifically for the purpose of eradicating black people from this country. let me suggest that all of you who stand around shouting that republicans are racists should all read a few history books. oh and by the way thomas jefferson owned slaves, believed black people were inferior and was disgusted by the very notion of racial equality , was a democrat.

    January 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Bill in California

    Call it whatever you like Dimos, at least this elected minority has real credentials; a long history, and track record in public service one can actually trace.

    January 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Conservative And Proud

    You hacks. Don't forget there are racists on both sides of the aisle. Also, don't forget about Senator Byrd who once was part of the KKK. Please keep spewing your racist hatred. I'll try not to roll my eyes and laugh.

    January 30, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. republic of texas


    January 30, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Mary

    What a joke the republican party is getting to be.
    Firs McCain selects Palin not because she is smart but because she is a woman and he thought that all of us women would vote for her. Now they elect black national committee chairmain.
    Are they trying to copy Democrats or do they really believe that Michael Steel is their ticket.
    Republicans have got us into this mess and it will be many elections to come before they are back in power.
    Dream on Republicans!

    January 30, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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