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. Mark C

    Steele proves again virtually every day what a clueless lightweight he is.

    The GOP is going to be a long time in the wilderness, and deservedly so. They need to completely rethink their message and approach. If they want their message of smaller government and individual responsibility to sell, they need to show how it benefits people other than rich white guys. It has come to be regarded as nothing but an excuse to cut taxes on the wealthy and cut programs that benefit everyone else.

    Second, they need to get rid of their ideological blowhards like Limbaugh. As long as that guy continues to flatulate on a daily basis, the GOP is going to have a very hard time expanding beyond the 21% of the electorate they are currently down to.

    May 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. The Marginalizer

    Renaissance? I don't think so. I thought you needed a seance to raise the dead.

    May 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. sara

    Lord have mercy.......these people that are republicans just don't get it! Viriginia is Not a republican state, nor a racist one. Looking at that picture tells me that some of them is still living in the 1950's and wants the rest of us to be there too. They are the ones why American still pays the Middle East billions of dollars for oil, while they have a foot on our throats. They are the ones who have not invested in the country they said they love by repairing roads and bridges, building mass transist with high speed rails with million of miles of tracks. They are the ones who has backed substandard education policies for our nation's children, so they will be forever powerless and ignorant. They are the ones who has bankrupted our financial systems, using the captalist way of doing things only to benefit the wealthy and the connected. They're the ones who sent 4000+ men and women to their deaths in an unjust war. They're the ones who dishonored this nation by using Torture, a tactic that was written by the U.S., and signed by our allies and foes alike, to protect servicemen. They're the ones who captured and caged hundreds without due process, which is our way of doing things. They're the ones who held campaign rallies to vent their hatred, racism and divide America, real Americans based on their skin color. They're the ones who found that deficits were only for them to "racket" up, without an explanation or anything that our country can account for, for the good of our country. They are the ones who put a "street slang" black man as the head of the RNC, to use him, to hold him up as "see, I'm not racist", and a token. America is driving the nail closer and closer in that good-for-nothing coffin.

    May 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Blamester

    Did they rename themselves the Know-Nothings?

    May 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. JimG

    For those arguing over Lincoln's legacy, I suggest you read a bit of history on all American political parties. The Republican party was founded as a liberal group in the mid-19th century, while Democrats were conservatives. They drifted closer together until by the second decade of the 20th century their ideologies were hard to distinguish. It was the Great Depression that turned Democrats firmly into a liberal party, and that liberalism grew from economic issues to include racial equality by the mid-1960s. Aging Southern Democrats still opposed civil rights then, but their influence faded. That's when the Republican party began making inroads in the South, picking up a lot of avowedly racist support – like Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who left Democrats for Republicans on racial issues.

    Neither party is guiltless throughout its history, but for the last half-century Democrats have stood for civil rights while Republicans generally opposed them.

    May 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Silvio

    This will test the appetite people have for tax increases. A lot of Northern VA voters that went for the Democrats are pushing back on more proposed increases. If the Republicans are successful with the issue the tax hikes may need to be scaled back by the Democrats or deferred past 2010.

    May 30, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Jim

    Renaisance my @#@! I hear them trying to figure out how to get back into power, but I never hear them talking about how they are going to solve the problems that we face. I never see them sit down sincerely at the table and work with the Democrats so that things are better for me. I will believe they've changed when I see them divorce all their right wing nut radio talk show hosts and stop calling Democrats socialists.

    May 30, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Joe - Chicago

    Sounds like the setup of a joke, where's the punchline?

    May 30, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Benjamin

    Supporters of the GOP keep claiming that people will "realize' what Obama is "really doing"...well, he's sticking to his campaign rhetoric from the looks of it. We know what we voted for, and we're getting what we voted for. Why would we run back to the GOP when Obama is giving us what we want? In fact, if he failed any promsies to us, it's that he's not being liberal enough...people don't want what the GOP is selling anymore. The party isn't done for good, by no means, but you aren't making a comeback on teh same old ideas that we've tried already. We like what Obama is bringing us. The GOP will have to swing left to keep up.

    That said, VA is supported by the northeren counties now - we bring in all the money, we have a much large rand better educated population. We elected Obama, Kaine, and Warner...and we're going to elect a democrat this fall. You can't stop it. VA isn't the state that it was ten years ago. We're blue now. We want progress, not curtailing.

    May 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Len

    The Republican party is history.....RNC (Rush,Newt,Cheney) Party will never rule again....The American people are finished with bigots, hate and fear!

    May 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Al, CA

    "Republican renaissance"? How? GOP is taken over by extremists.

    And why now? What do GOP wants now? What else they want to rob? There is nothing left. They should at least wait till we grow some fat, then they will strike us again.

    May 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. David from Ohio

    Renaissance means "rebirth." As long as Steele and clowns like him are running the Republican Party, the death of the GOP is more likely. You can't win national elections with the political equivalent of a "phone booth" as your base.

    May 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Joe

    Really? The president can't even take his wife out to a play without being "blasted" by the Republican Party?

    May 30, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Alexander Hamilton

    I am nursing a head injury today because I was helping outsiders like Latinos get ahead, but I kept my religious faith – I did not want to sleep with anyone outside of my husband, and did not want to bring children into this world anymore. Now I am paying for this with a nasty demise...Caligula is not a society we should be emmulating, and we as Americans still have a right to our religious beliefs without being Ceucescued. I am anti racism and classism, but should not have to be pro-abortion or euthanasia or cloning or sleeping around or atheism or greed to do it. My autistic brothers and nephew are on the line and their ilk is going away with no mention. Where is freedom of religion – the atheists did all the murdering the last century (Never mentioned), and we are not for people like Bin Laden....I miss the old days when we had families instead of live-ins and sleep overs....

    May 30, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. first to fight

    It's amazing how prejudiced the leftist commentators here are. Ignorant of history, politics. economics, they turn what they hear on the Family Guy, the Today show, and Al Gore and get mad at Conservatism and Republicans because Brian Griffin told them they should. 99% of liberals have never listened to Rush Limbaugh, much less analyzed what he says. If they would only open their ears and their minds to what is being said, they'd see that what the Republicans are saying is true and not divisive at all. America IS in a crisis. Obama's policies ARE makingt things worse. America CANNOT afford any of his programs. America IS turning into a Socialist state. Liberals are so full of hate for anyone with an opinion other than their own but are all quick to launch accusations at the right as being divisive, hateful and close minded. Let's see how many prove me right with your vitriolic responses.

    May 30, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. The party of evil and ignorance is finished

    I hope so

    it would be really lucky if they nominated Palin


    if they continued to listen to Rush as their guiding light

    both of those winning moves have gotten them far

    May 30, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. mcauliffe for gov

    @frank ny May 30th, 2009 4:48 pm ET
    Conservatism didn't abolish slavery???? I thought conservative republican abraham lincoln stated the emancipation of proclamation.

    sorry but lincoln was a pretty liberal president. that was back when the republicans were liberals.

    May 30, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Schaedel, IL

    @Frank NY

    Perhaps if you read those history books, you would realise that the conservative party of the mid 1800s was the Democratic Party. The Republican Party started out as a progressive, liberal, party. However, this changed in the mid 1900s, becoming what it is today. It was conservative doctrine that lead to the major depressions in U.S history. So no, conservatism has not made America great. It's helped, but not made it great.

    May 30, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Stephen H.

    McDonnell has done wonders as Attorney General here. He established a 25 year minimum for sexual predators who target children, made Virginia a leader in Internet Crime prevention, improved our homeland security and mental health laws, protected marriage, fought for a pro-life platform, and fought for parental rights. He was voted in four years ago and has an unbelievable approval rating close to 60% in a state that voted for Obama. He leads all the democratic possibilities by 7-14 points. And he has been presenting a detailed plan for what he will accomplish as Governor; including, adding 100,000 new slots per year to Virginia colleges, adding more land to the state's conservation project, and make Virginia one of the top 5 educated states in 15 years. His rivals are still spitting how awful each other are. Since none of you are from Virginia or probably care, as long as you can humiliate a Republican, even one who has done nothing wrong; I thought Id let a college student educate you a bit. Though they probably won't post my comments.

    May 30, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Gary

    "Renaissance"... gee, sounds French... guess those Republicans are just a bunch of effete brie eating white wine sipping dilettantes...

    May 30, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    Claudia Schultz you are a good neo-nazi.

    May 30, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Joanna

    This is really funny. I lost count of the number of Renaissance parties they have had the last few months. I am all for a strong two party system, so i hope someday the get there stuff together. I hope they find a way to accept the issues we face today and offer REAL alternates to solutions we have been presented. That is just how good policy is made. Not the anti progress, obstructionist positions they have been enjoying. ( or i have been enjoying)

    As the GOP stands today they are Hippocrates for the auto industry, first, no bail outs, than they complain about plants and dealer being shut down? I could list a ton more, but i am sure there is a limit to the amount one can post here. lol
    And they clearly do not get it obviously, as we see with the Sotomayer outcry( like she is a racist. ) and that she is stupid, like she fooled Princeton and Harvard! Fooled them so much i guess that she was #1 in her class. They just do not get it.

    May 30, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Nick

    Virgina is for lovers and now Morons!!!

    May 30, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. History Student

    The only hate is see is from liberals so I don't know why you accuse conservatives of being hateful. I think it has something to do with liberals being racist (ex. your leader Rev. Wright, Al Sharpton, and now Sotomayor) but continually calling conservatives racist. I guess liberals think the best way to attack others is to call them what they are and hope it sticks with the koolaid drinkers. I guess it is. Just remember Republicans were against slavery while Democrats supported it (that a simple fact easily discovery in any hisotry account).

    May 30, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. MikeH

    Ticker Headline: "Republican Renaissance starts in Virginia"

    Response: Ahh-ha ha ha ha ha ha (inhale). Hahahahahahaha...Hee hee, snicker (breath.

    CNN may as well post a Ticker Headline "Neanderthals vow to develop higher brain functions".

    May 30, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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