June 25th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Steele on Sanford: 'Here we go again'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/13/republicans.family.feud/art.michaelsteelemd.gi.jpg caption="RNC Chairman Michael Steele sounded off Thursday on Mark Sanford’s announcement yesterday that he was having an extramarital affair."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affair "one more disappointment in failed leadership," but said it's up the people of South Carolina to decide whether or not the embattled lawmaker should resign.

"My view on it is, here we go again, you have one more disappointment in failed leadership," Steele said in an interview with Detroit radio station WWJ on Thursday.

Steele said elected officials are "held to a different standard" and that they need to "behave themselves." He wouldn't say whether he thinks Sanford should step down, but he said that he believes the decision is ultimately up to the people of South Carolina.

"The Republican Party didn't elect Sanford, the people of South Carolina did, and they'll be the ones to decide whether or not he stays or goes," Steele said. "It's their vote that put him in power, so it will be their call for his resignation that will remove him, or their call to say that he can stay that will keep him there."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • Michael Steele
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. GOP4Life

    GOP come together, don't let the liberal media keep us down!

    June 25, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Longhorn#1

    Steele is another one of them WHO Pwople.

    June 25, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Finally, something that makes sense coming from Michael Steele!

    June 25, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Melissa

    I can't believe it, Steele actually has a brain.

    June 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Ted

    I do agree with Steele on this. These guys, whether it is Sanford or Spitzer or Edwards or whoever, need to understand their positions in life and not think because of their money or level of responsibility or title, that they can do these dishonorable things and get away with them. It is interesting to note that while they are doing these things, they are not the least bit sorry. But when they get caught, they drag their wives in front of cameras and start crying and wailing and asking for forgiveness and all that. They are just stupid men and they need to just go away and let the rest of us men who love their wives and wouldn't stray away from the promises made on the altars, be the leaders.

    June 25, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    sanford voted for and urged for Clinton to be impeached because he lied about his affair. sanford lied also (to his wife, constituents and fellow politicians) so shouldn't he be impeached also??? I mean fair is fair.

    June 25, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    right steele (1ST TIME YOU HAVE NOT SOUNDED LIKE A CLOWN), another holier than thou bible thumping gop bites the dust. when are you guys going to wake up and realize that you are NO BETTER then anyone else. the last to gop nuts caught with their pants down hammered President Clinton. "PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES".

    June 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    For once, Steele is right. It's up to the people of SC to dispose of him. My guess is they won't and he will keep on with business as usual.

    June 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Zion

    Liberal media doesn't have to keep us down, we're doing a great job all by ourselves.

    June 25, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Hope

    The Republican Party didn't elect Sanford, the people of South Carolina did, and they'll be the ones to decide whether or not he stays or goes," Steele said. "It's their vote that put him in power, so it will be their call for his resignation that will remove him, or their call to say that he can stay that will keep him there."

    Well said Steele can you run this by Mc Saine is the Iranian people who will decide their fate not the Republican Party. It is amaizing that you don't have guts to tell him to pack and go but have guts to tell The Iranians what to do.

    June 25, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. ConsiderThis, FL

    I wonder how Richard Steele likes being the chairman of the party of "failed leadership?" He has to know that he cannot bring his party back to power due to their unparalled hypocrisy and religious deception. Deep down in his heart, he's a Democrat. But, he's posing as a republican thinking that he has more opportunity for personal advancement among those obsolete politicians. If he can stomach it, more power to him. But, it's a high price to pay.

    June 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Michigan

    He's right, but it sure is funny to have a man who called for Clinton's resignation to be caught in a much more serious offense. I don't care if her did confess. Did he have a choice when he was caught at the airport and with the travel being on SC's tab? It isn't like he had a sudden epiphany that he had done something immoral. He LOVES the woman...my guess is he leaves his wife and heads south. Good riddance!

    June 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Yeah I have not been a fan of Steele so far but he handled this well.

    June 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. DrPangloss

    So Steele agrees with Obama that we have no right to interfere with an independent state's election?

    June 25, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Melissa

    GOP4Life, it isn't that liberal media that cheated on his wife in a foreign country while spending his own destitute states money to do it after persecuting Clinton for doing the exact same thing he just did.

    June 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. John

    Yet another bold example of GOP Family Values.

    If his guy wanted Clinton out, I guess he only has one option – RESIGNATION.

    Mr. Steele is making sense, but it still won't make up for Rush's rantings, along with Faux News, on the topic.

    June 25, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    GOP4Life – hey Meghan. BTW the liberal media isn't doing anything to you guys, the rethugs are doing it all by themeselves with their bankrupting this country, lying to us about an illegal war, treason, stripping our civil liberties (Patriot Act), deregulating the banks, causing the world to hate us.......this and many more reasons why i am a FORMER republican, NEVER again! The dems have open arms and i proudly switched to Democrat.

    June 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. jm for sc

    I am from South Carolina and I don't think Sanford should resign for the affair, he should resign because of the condition of the state since his leadership.

    Sandford is an awful governor so why would anyone be shocked to hear that he is an awful husband as well?

    Steele is right, "Here we go again." People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    June 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. republicans hate america

    more right wing hypocrisy from the Rush Limbaugh Party. nothing changes they need to really stop using the family values platform and then they would not be subject to the outrage when they get caught.

    June 25, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    But Mike, he wanted to run in 2012. That's 2 of your frontrunners out in 2 weeks.

    June 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. bsmith171

    sanford sounds like he is mentally unstable.

    June 25, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Sick -n- Tired

    But, If Sanford were a Democrat the Republican Party would be calling for his head! AND YOU ALL KNOW IT!!!!

    June 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. MDM-VA Real

    To: Longhorn#1 posting at 2:14 pm ET

    Are those typos or Does WHO Pwople stand for something??

    June 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Pence Schmence

    Way to go, Michael: sabotage a duly-elected governor who is STILL in office. You are a real piece of work, man.

    June 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Typical Republican

    No way, he should stay! I love my GOP leaders when they say one thing and do another. No way should he apologize for completely lying and being absolutely irresponsible. Just because he would cheat on the one person above and beyond all others, does not mean he would cheat on those below her.

    He's a GREAT man, a GREAT dad, a GREAT husband. So of course he's a GREAT politician. He say's what he means and means what he say's. When he condemns something, he proves it with actions! He stands by his words. He expects of himself exactly what he expects from others. In no way has he ever been hypocritical to call others to resign and then not do it himself when he's guilty of the SAME EXACT THING.

    Sanford is my hero!

    June 25, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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