April 30th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
13 years ago

Steele: I agree with Rush Limbaugh

[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."

Filed under: Michael Steele • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. jack

    And that is why they are becoming a very niche party. They can not accept difference within their own party. You cannot be a moderate republican and clash with some of the right wing conservative values without being dead weight. I fear the republican party is about to grow much smaller if they don't change their mindset.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. J.P.

    Obama is already worried about 2010. You cannot steal from people who have never even been born yet (and whose PARENTS haven't even been born yet) and expect Americans to think it's OK.

    Specter. Buh bye. See ya. Adios.

    Republicans haven't lost elections because they were "too conservative." They lost elections because they didn't offer a REAL choice or alternative to Democrats. When there is already a liberal on the ballot, you don't win by being liberal lite. If voters want a liberal, they'll vote for the read deal, not the Republican "diet coke" version of liberal.

    Reagan said this best: Bold colors, not pale pastels.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Gobsmacked

    Michael Steele is a total sellout with absolutely zero credibility.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Bwaaaaahahahahahahaha, like anyone thought Steele wouldn't agreed with his fearless leader, Rush?

    April 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Todd

    Rush should run for office. He has just about every Republican around kissing his butt.

    April 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    WOW Michael Steele agrees with his BOSS HOG. I ment BOSS Limbaugh. The Republican Party is not flexible at all. That is why they are bleeding at all sides and at the rate they are going, Olympia Snowe will be gone soon.

    April 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Ted McKee

    If the party dumped Limbaugh, they would be much better off and
    probably add new members to the party. He's definitely a detriment,
    not an aset to the party.

    April 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    I like Steele. Everytime he speaks he reminds me how lost the GOP is and why I don't identify with them.

    April 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Some Guy

    Steele: I agree with Rush Limbaugh

    Of course you do. I would expect nothing less. It's just getting too easy to make fun of republicans. It's almost not fun any more. Almost. Have a nice day!

    April 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. timothy

    No, I do not agree with Mr. Steele or Mr. Limbaugh these men are politicians with one opinion. They certainly do not think for me or reflect my views. One does not have to talk down or show their toughness to be a republican or democratic. Our humanity has always been that we cared for our brethern, neighbor.

    Our disagreement were at one time civil now its all about pushing our hypocritcal values on others. What has happened to freedom of choice. If you don't like a food you don't eat it or a t.v. show you turn it off . The same should apply with men and women in both parties turn them off, tune them out and you're be less streesful in life. Give thenm an audience and you're end up thinking like them.

    I have a suggestion truly read the Bible and ask God to guard your heart and mind and pray seriously for your leaders.

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Tulsa

    lol... of course you do Steele..... you've been told to.
    good riddance.

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Steve

    Mr Steele, maybe if you didnt make such rediculous, pandering statements like "Rush. I'm sorry I'm not weeping here. I'm sorry.", then maybe the people wouldnt think that Rush was the leader of the party and you are just a hand-puppet for him (which, seems really probable right now).

    As long as the Republicans continue to treat people like Rush and Ann Coulter as defacto speakers for the party, they will continue to be the party of hate and devisive rhetoric.

    Really? I mean, a drug-addicted pill popping hate-monger, and the lost daughter of Eva Braun.....what are you guys thinking?

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. george watson

    Death throes of GOP. Thanks for the last eight years of ruination. Patriots all. RIH.

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. IndyVoter

    Me thinks I hear the sound of puckering?

    April 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Ted Tartaglia

    Steele, you say the Grand Obstructionist Party has room for moderates while saying good riddance to one of the three moderates still in the party. That statement demonstrates some very fuzzy reasoning. If you run off the other two moderates, you will have the pure ideology of your leader Rush Limbaugh. It appears that the "Party of NO" only has room for old southern evangelical bigoted white men.

    As far as the GOP being the party of conservatism, perhaps you should look up the definition of conservatism. Your party has not practiced conservatism since Reagan became the GOP idol. Republicans increased the national debt from one trillion to about ten trillion and counting and you claim to be conservatists. Barry Goldwater, a true conservatist, must be spinning in his grave.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Cares About Others

    I am still so puzzled about Michael Steele. To actually agree with Rush Limbaugh about anything does not speak well for him. I do not want to believe that he is so naive, as an African-American, to believe that there is any good will sent toward him by Limbaugh. I would like to welcome Michael Steele to the Democratic party, where the "big tent" just keeps getting bigger! There is certainly no welcome sign at the GOP for him.

    April 30, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. cmc

    Surprise, surprise,surprise. I guess what they say "you are with us or against us" Just goes to show you, that there is no room for "moderates" in the republican party. The eating has begun.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Qui-Tam Relator

    I love it, I feel very confident that the republican party will go back to chiseling their document's in stone again and that right where they belong back in the stone age ! ****************************************************************

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    As a former GOP leader in Siicon Valley, I take issue with Mr. Steele's assertion that it is "just crazy" to say the GOP has become exclusive. Sure, you can be a Republican ... so long as you 100% accept the dogmas and positions of the Religious Right, the Neocons, and the Economic Royalist (aka, the Club for Growth thinking). Any deviation from the ideas of these philosophies ... well, excludes you. That is why I left the Party, and why many former GOP faithful have left as well. Simply stated, the GOP is out of step with the majority opinion on most issues. If you don't like the word 'exclusive', pick another. Mr. Steele is the 'crazy' one if he can't see these simple realities.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. rachel

    Good boy Steele now fetch.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Don

    WOW!! Arlen was dead weight for four terms and two bouts with cancer working hard for you guys. What a way to through your own to the dogs. Michael the day is comming when YOU will be recognized as "dead weight". Your party is led by the most rediculous bunch of ancient thinking clowns.

    April 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Keeth in California

    Of course Steele agrees with Rush. He found out last time what happens when you cross the party drug addict.

    April 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. al

    This is a prime example of how the republican party is being led by Rush Limbaugh's type of thinking. Steele is just the front man and is incapable of forming his own views. Limbaugh has repeatedly stated that if you don't accept and agree with his (Limbaugh's) views 100% than you are wrong and not a true republican. Limbaugh is an extreme conservative, therefore if you are a Republican you must be an extreme conservative like him or you are wrong. Limbaugh has stated this time and time again. Anyone who listens to his filth knows it is what he states.

    How can Steel claim to agree with Limbaugh when Limbaugh has stated so many times that there is no place for moderates in the republican party? The best thing the Republican party can do is distance themselves from Limbaugh and quit using him to be their spokesman.

    The republicans need to define themselves in a way that not only protects what their party stands for but is also reflects the views of the majority of their followers. The republican party of Reagan was fine 30 years ago but it is not the republican party that is needed today. They need to get away from the church and the right wing bigots that belong to the church and listen to what the American people are saying they want,. They then need to frame the desires of the people in the framework of the ideals of the party. The Christian right needs to be expelled from the Republican party. There is no place for their dogma in politics. If they continue on like they have been the republicans will become so small as to be ineffective.

    April 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. lee

    Rush and Steele are both Whack jobs.... they belong 'at' the same party with likeminded extremist! The GOP finds itself more and more isolated exactly due to these people. Should the faithful republicans’ decide to return to a position closer to the center, they need to begin by losing the right wing fringe. These two would be first to on, would they not?

    April 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Garry

    Excuse me, but the WHOLE Republican Party is DEADWEIGHT!!
    They should just crawl back in the hole where they came from..they are the party of "Nobody Cares Anymore".

    April 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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