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. ex illinois man, now a pennsylvanian

    wow, steele fumbles AGAIN! It's too early to tell who'll win, the democrats don't really have a clear candidate yet in VA. After the primaries, with only one democrat, the race will just get closer. You can't say you're well-positioned to win!

    May 30, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Jeffery

    Don't worry Frank from NY. You are wrong. Lincoln may have been a republican but he was definately no conservative. he was as liberal as they came in those days. The conservatives back then were from the southern (AKA Confederate) states. Conservatives are generally against change. The Confederates were against change. They didn't want abolition changing their way of life. But it's ok. Since when has the truth ever stopped the right from revisionist history or actually checking the truth.

    May 30, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. JON

    This is what the GOP has turned into or should I say has always been... A TRUE WHITE-BOYS CLUB.... Steel is one of the tooken blacks in the GOP but as you can see they want to take any power he has away from him. Rush, Beck, Hannity they all hate minorites. And now Rush wants a race war. How is any White Repub going to win when you have the far right talking everyday on how Obama hates whites.

    May 30, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Southernhrt

    I really don't understand why so many people refer to the Republican party as rich old white men. I don't associate with Liberals (no beliefs in common) and all my friends are very much middle class. As well as my family. Where do you people come from that believe this?

    May 30, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. JON

    Claudia Schultz tell the truth you Voted for McCain and to try to BS us won't FLY. I'm a white 54 male so when I say that the right is trying to start a race war you can see it in your comments . You are a racist...

    May 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Mike proud member of the GOP

    The republicans will slowly start winning govener races and and other elections untill 2012 where obama will have to start compaining again this time with a track record. Then they will win the presidency because to be honest what has he done.
    1. Nothing
    2.Blame for no progress
    3. Repeat

    May 30, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. smartest person in the room

    frank ny------------------------–

    Check your facts buddy, althought i am a biochem major soo i dont if i have enough intellect compired to a history major, ooo wait i have a minior in politcal sci....... Anyways Reagan, His initial 1981 tax cuts went so far that he was actually forced to increase taxes a half-dozen times in the years that followed....... Sorry bud better hit the books little harder before you more incorrect comments

    May 30, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. smartest person in the room

    frank ny————————————————————————–
    Forgot to proofread……
    Check your facts buddy, although i am a biochem major soo i dont know if i have enough intellect compared to a history major, ooo wait i have a minor in political sci……. Anyways Reagan, His initial 1981 tax cuts went so far that he was actually forced to increase taxes a half-dozen times in the years that followed……. Sorry bud better hit the books little harder before you more incorrect comments

    May 30, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. smartest person in the room

    before you *make* more incorrect comments

    May 30, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown

    Thanks to W and DICK, the GOP will be stumbling for many years to come...

    May 30, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. John

    Republicans are still insisting:

    * big business can police itself
    * what's good for Wall Street is good for working American families.
    * environmentalism is a fraud
    * military adventurism abroad is "spreading democracy"
    * the poor and sick without healthcare can go suck an egg
    * same sex marriage is a threat to hetero marriage
    * quality education is only for those who can afford it

    Yah, "Republican renaissance." Sure.

    May 30, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. history repeats

    i love how the republicans think they can just come out and say "its a new beginning..." the american people kicked you out. you will not be deciding anything! this is not a "new renaissance" your ignorant way of thinking will only come back if people take for granted the organizing power of the religious right. after the damage they have done to this country though i think people will be paying more attention. if only we can get them to pay attention for more than just the elections! thats the next step!

    May 30, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. eric

    Reagan gave back our money? Who was it who said to read history and econimic books. I may be confused, but the vast majority of the deficit came under republican presidents and the only non-extreme conservative on that list was George HW Bush. The only president to have come close to a balanced budget is Clinton. And for the record, the Obama budget is no more int he red than conservative W. Bush's last budget and is paying the interest for the conservative "giving back your money."

    Reagan who was trying to outspend the soviets – it worked, but wasn't worth the cost – communism would;ve fallen eventually.

    History is occasionally rewritten it seems.

    May 30, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Alex in Wisconsin

    a full day without an apology to Emperor Rush's a shame that these days, that is worthy of praise from the RNC Chairman. If Steele keeps up this streak of common sense and independent thought, he might actually get alittle respect from the majority of the black community...assuming he doesn't go hunting with Darth Vader first.

    May 30, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. ib

    Ed fl; republicans are not racist; hate bearing people. Read the posts and you will see where most of the hate sprewing comes; liberals like you is where it is coming from. If people don't bow down and kiss Obama's butt then they are called racist and I for one am getting sick and tired of being called that because I don't agree with the way Obama is taking this country. Wait until the absurd inflation hits from his spending and no I didn't agree with Bush's either. We will all suffer from this absurd spending Obama is doing and no I am no racist thank you very much.

    May 30, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. history repeats

    frank ny

    conservative abraham lincoln is absolutely nothing like the conservative republican of today! NOTHING ALIKE! ask a white supremicist what party he identifies with and you will understand what the "conservative republican" of today is. ask a jerry springer audience who they most identify with and you will find out who the "neo-con repubs" are!! thomas jefferson started the republican party and he was AN ATHEIST!!!!! conservatives today are just anybody that believes in jesus, anybody that thinks we should just bomb our enemies. anybody that hasnt left the 4th grade mentality of dealing with opposition. thats the majority. the other 20% is what the original conservatives stood for. but they just arent enough to pull an election. so they have to rely on their racist backwoods base to carry them, which will lead to the inevitable destruction of the party. or at least a split.

    May 30, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Eileen

    What are you Dems so proud of? Liar Pelosi and Obama the fraud. Dems are overreaching and the repubs will take back control hopefully in time to fix the mess they are making. Then the free ride for all the lazy people will be over. Dems are hypocrits and reverse racists.

    May 30, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Brian


    You have to look at policy and ideology and not titles to really grasp conservativism versus liberalism.

    You have to look at policy and ideology and not political party titles to really grasp conservatism versus liberalism.

    May 30, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. JT

    Times have changed. And Virginia is too smart to go back to the obsolete decades of the GOP. NC is blue, and will remain blue. Next Southern state to turn blue, FL. Then SC.

    May 30, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Va Womyn

    Most people commenting here are a bunch of igmos. What do you want? One party rule? Do you want the Democrats to forever be in the majority? The next thing you igmos will tell me is you want Obama to last beyond his second term (if he makes it past the 1st). Where do we live? Venezuela. Wake up sheeple. One party rule is good for no one!

    May 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. eduardo in florence

    Perhaps when their collective IQ breaks into triple digits and they let themselves be guided by facts and compassion, do a little independent, critical thinking, quit looking to god for the answer to everything and quit peeing themselves in ecstasy every time Limburger and Coulter come down with their daily bout of diarrhea of the mouth.

    May 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Allan

    Actually, Michael, homeboy: I think your party is entering its Dark Ages. The Renaissance was a time when science flourished, and your party already excommunicated all its intellectuals.

    May 30, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. rob in nova soctia

    The problem with the GOP is that before and during Bush they were able to convince the to majority the vote against their best interests, by using fear and division to confuse the issues. But now the American are paying attention, they realize that GOP does not represent what they believe, that CONSERVATISM is not a political idea, but a way for the wealthy to keep their money and grow it while the middle class struggles with the everyday life problems of paying taxes,keeping their children feed,paying the bills ,and putting a little away for when they retire.While paychecks stay the same everything you goes up,the GOP instead of offering solutions can only say NO NO NO . Until they start coming up with solutions to help the people they represent they will be left behind ....wondering why

    May 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. JonDie

    Renaissance? More like a march toward the Dark Ages.

    May 30, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. TCM

    @Pat Dunedin Fl –

    WRONG – Northern VA is diverse, or should we say liberal? The majority of VA is still conservative, and that will show soon...besides, shouldn't you and all the other blind libs be upset about the messiah having to fly on tax dollars to NY for a dinner out? What's next a crown and robe? Just another pulling of the wool again over the eyes of the Party of D'oh!

    May 30, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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