May 30th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Steele: 'Republican Renaissance' starts in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell will face the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary."]
(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele praised Bob McDonnell Saturday for receiving the official party nomination in the state's gubernatorial race, and said he is part of a "Republican renaissance that starts this year in Virginia."

“I would like to congratulate Bob McDonnell for being selected by Virginia Republicans today as their candidate for governor," Steele said in a statement. "It is going to be a tough fight, but we are well positioned for victory in November."

Steele said the RNC is committed to devoting its "full attention and significant resources" to helping McDonnell take back the governor's mansion in November.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is now in the final weeks of a tough three-way primary battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He has received an enthusiastic endorsement this year by former President Bill Clinton.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Michael Steele
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Kristina, Seattle

    Yeah, it starts in Virginia. In maybe... 2050.

    May 30, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Patriot

    The "Republican Renaissance?" You've got to be joking, but thanks for the made my day!

    May 30, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Phil from VA

    No way can someone who opposed the stimulus package win in VA.

    May 30, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Jonathan L.

    You can only have a "renaissance" if you are reinventing the party and its ideas. I would argue that the way the party has acted in the past has brought about its devastating losses in 2006 and 2008, yet they cling to the bad ideas that caused those losses in the first place! Sorry GOP, that's not a renaissance.

    May 30, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. patriot76

    "Boom Boom!" went the Republican Noise Machine one more time, then it broke down for good. LOL!

    May 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. steve

    Funny... "Republican Renaissance." Isn't that an oxymoron?

    May 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. steve

    "Redneck swarm" is more like it...

    May 30, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Doc

    More like a requiem rather than a renaissance...

    May 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Claudia Schultz

    As an Independent that voted for OBAMA and having "BUYERS REMORSE" for doing so. I am hoping the Republicans get it togather so I can start believing in Capitalism again......I can't believe we now own 73 percent of GM.....OBAMA was a sheep in wool's clothing...I so regret voting for his socialist Union Black programs.....If your WHITE and middle class, forget it...

    May 30, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    As it dawns on Americans what Obama and the dems are doing and plan to do, as well as the fact that what they have done has not worked at all, Americans will run to the GOP.

    Obama and the dems policies of tax, borrow and spend under the guise of class warfare and intollerance are not what made America great.

    May 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Nick

    Mikey "Slammin and Rammin" Steele strikes again.......idiot

    May 30, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    The terrifying profligacy of the Democrats–trillion dollar bailouts and budgets that dwarf even those of the Bush administration–is the best thing that could have happened for the Republicans. People in the US seem to be getting dumber by the minute, but even the slowest of wits are beginning to wonder, "Where is all that money going to come from?"

    The neo-cons of recent years have more or less abandoned the original Republican principle of fiscal responsibility, but even they did vastly better than the spending insanity of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.

    May 30, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. pj451

    Fat Chance! The gop death march continues.

    May 30, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Benjamin

    It'll be too little, too late. The GOP has taken VA for granted for too long, and we've gone full blue - Democrat Governor, two democrat senators and a democrat president.

    The only way VA can go back to being red now is to split into two states - north and south. But that wouldn't be terribly wise, as the north has all the money...

    May 30, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. SM

    Whistling in the dark?..

    May 30, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. bob in LA

    Sounds like a reniassance to me! Imagine- a republican nominated to represent the Republicans in an election!
    And this is news. This rates in importantance with Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan Octo-mom and anything Sarah Pailn. For those playing along at home- the catagory is Insignificant News Stories

    May 30, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Kevin B.

    What renaissance? these jokers in the GOP are so tone deaf and stuck in the past that they will continue to loose election after election.

    The GOP hasn't figured out that the majority of voters have moved on from fear, hate and name calling as a political tactic.

    It just won't work anymore and thank god

    May 30, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. girlsouth

    they lie in wait for the dems to f somethin' up...
    then they will pounce on our unsuspecting society and say here we are to save the day and your soul too.

    May 30, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Kevin B.

    These jokers in the GOP are so tone deaf and stuck in the past that they will continue to loose election after election.

    The GOP hasn't figured out that the majority of voters have moved on from fear, hate and name calling as a political tactic.

    It just won't work anymore, thank god most americans have finally gotten wise to these crooks

    May 30, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    Yeah right.

    May 30, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Skyview

    Michael Steele and the Repubs are jokes, and they have nothing to offer in terms of solutions to the many problems facing the country. We have not heard a single reasonable idea put forth by the Repubs in a number of years. All you hear from them is criticizism of the ideas of others. Joining the debate means more than saying 'Boooo! Boooo! Boooo! The Repubs need to learn that!

    May 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Fritz

    Anything Michael Steele is attached to is going to fail. Not only because he's a failure as a politician, but because his name is associated with everything the "new" GOP is trying to get away from. They used to be an admirable party that projected honesty, hard work, and rock-solid politics. Now, they have been belittled by just about everyone in politics today, including so many of their own members. Truly a shame. Hopefully their comeback will install a new leadership with members who understand how government works and can function properly under a democratic administration.

    May 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. ib

    I sincerely hope Steele is right on this. This state cannot stand another round of tax increases after the last two gov. and now Kaine is saying we're broke again. I am close to retirement age and we are considering leaving the state that we both have lived all our lives in due to the high taxes. I don't care what party the last gov is a member of I would be saying the same thing if the last two were GOP gov.

    May 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Scott

    Tastes great! Less filling! Hooray the GOP Renaissance is here! Too bad the GOP politicians didn't get the memo. They're still showing up on Fox news for their witch trials and Spanish Inquisition. Summon the iron maiden!

    May 30, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Ted Tartaglia

    Has Rush given his approval?

    May 30, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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