[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/05/limbaugh/art.rush.limbaugh.cspan.jpg caption="Michael Steele said Thursday he agreed with conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight."](CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who once found himself in a war of words with Rush Limbaugh, said in an interview Thursday he agreed with the conservative talk show radio host that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.
When questioned on CBS' "Early Show" about which Republican reaction to the Specter exit he most identifies with: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe's mourning of the loss or Rush Limbaugh's declaration of good riddance, the Republican National Committee Chairman replied, "Rush. I'm sorry I'm not weeping here. I'm sorry."
As to the future of the GOP, Steele wasn't overly optimistic, maintaining that the outlook of his party isn't great as of now.
"Well the future lies down the road a bit. I mean, look, I'm not going to sit here with, you know, pie-in-the-sky talking about, you know, how wonderful things are. They're not," he said.
But like his Republican colleague, Olympia Snowe, Steele insisted there is room for moderates in Republican Party, saying the notion that the party is exclusive "is just crazy."