July 16th, 2009
06:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Steele: 'Wait to see' what Palin does

 RNC Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that people in Washington should 'wait to see what she does.'

RNC Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that people in Washington should 'wait to see what she does.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to step down from her post, saying Thursday that he admired her decision to "focus on her family," adding that the "brain trust here in Washington" should "wait to see what she does."

Steele also said that Palin is not a quitter and called that notion a "wonderful Democrat talking point."

"You have to take her at face value, why she made that decision when she did and then, let's wait to see what Sarah does next," Steele said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "Then, that will begin to give you some idea of how that story will unfold. All the pontificating, stop it. Wait to see what she does."

Earlier in the month, the Republican National Committee Chairman suggested Palin's decision to leave the governor's mansion early was a sign she did not intend to run in 2012.

"Not having talked to the governor, I take 2012 off the table right now simply because given everything she's going through personally, dealing with the financial mess that all these ludicrous investigations have put her and Todd in, at the moment, I think she's trying to focus on getting her house in order, her personal house in order," he said.

Also in the interview Thursday, Steele said fixing the health care system is the first priority for Republicans, but continued his heavy criticism of President Obama's plan - declaring all Americans shouldn't get taxed more to pay for health care reform, but that the overall costs need to be lowered. Earlier in the day, the RNC launched a Web site also criticizing Obama's plan.

"We do not have to tax and spend our way to deal with the costs," Steele said. "With where in American history or anywhere have you saved money by spending more money?"

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Kristin

    Steele's a bigger idiot than Palin. What else is he going to say?

    July 16, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. MisterG

    Ah, yes, what is Sarah Palin up to ? That's the big mystery for both Palin's critics and supporters. It's hilarious how this little lady from far-off, tiny Wasilla AK, can, and continues to command the attention of every major news source. Other than Barack Obama, the President, there is no politician alive, today, who, by the sheer mention of her name, brings forth, instantly, the outpouring of emotions, be it love or hate. Now unencumbered by her early resignation as Governor of Alaska, and her intent, to campaign and raise funds for those who share her conservative principles of governance, the next two election cycles should be very, very interesting. I have a sense that Obama, Clinton, Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, and Gingrich, all, will keep a wary eye on her activities, appearances, and policy statements, i.e. the most recent Cap N' Trade op-ed in the Washington Post. Though I am not a Palin supporter, I have come, slowly, to accept the fact that "to underestimate Sarah Palin is to do so at one's own peril". Alaska, since her entrance on the political scene, is littered with the corrupt and/or political corpses of those who thought otherwise, both Republicans and Democrats.

    July 16, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. A Socialist Speaking

    Steele says she's not a quitter, then what the bloody hell is she? Where I come from, when you give up your post or job for no reason besides force, you're a quitter. Right? Or am I mistaking?

    July 16, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. What a piece of work!

    Let's change the (R) behind Palin's name to a (D) and see what Mr. Steele has to say about her resignation. I bet that might change his tune. Just like the tune on health care reform has changed for the Republicans. The Republicans were in charge of DC, both houses of Congress and the Presidency, from 2001-2006, so I have to wonder why "fixing he health care system" is now suddenly their "first priority" when they made no attempt whatsoever to deal with it then. Is there anything coming out of Republican mouths these days other than hypocritical hyperbole and "No"? It doesn't seem like it.

    July 16, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. joanna

    Facts are facts, plain and simple. She did quite. Maybe she didn't quite politics but she did quite as governor in her first term with 2 1/2 years left. Before that she was a small town mayor. I mean the town was super small... Being governor of a far away state and having to deal with those pesky ethics laws was weighing her down. She is not looking out for citizens of this country, she had a taste of the real power and now that is what she seeks. She is self serving.

    She showed her cards when she recently came out against about cap and trade. She supported it during the election? The truth is, if she really knew what it was , she wouldn't have supported it. Most of the USA knew had NO knowledge of the policy debate and issues that were being discussed, and yet when we came out and said Palin is an idiot, you said we were just bashing her and afraid of her. That’s pretty funny that the Conservatives thought his way.

    July 16, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Anthony McMahon

    "Steele also said that Palin is not a quitter and ...." Okay, they wheel out Steele from his double top secret padded cell located somewhere below ground in Washington and he thinks Palin didn't quit? Did I miss something when she announced that she was QUTTING? I also recall that she gave a variety of reasons for QUITTING and looking after her family was not the driving basis. I believe it was mentioned as almost an after-thought when she announced she was QUITTING.

    I think I've made my point.

    July 16, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    Palin will come out of the wilderness a lot smarter in 2012 and she will PWN the GOP primary competition and then PWN Obambi, becoming America's greatest president.

    July 16, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Susan (Michigan)

    "With where?" Is Palin writing his speeches now? They both seem to choose mismatched words when one clear one would do, in this case "when."
    And just how does he plan to fix health care without raising money somewhere? Will the Repubs insurance buddies suddenly find their consciences and make rates realistic? Stop gouging us on Rx meds? I doubt it. So Repubs evidently have some magic wand that will give coverage to all with no cost involved. Nice.
    Can I borrow that wand to tap some sense into Sarah, who really should do what she said and spend time with her kids....they'd probably like that!

    July 16, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Proud American

    Someone should tell this Idiot that no one cares except him what the other Idiot Palin does. Go away and shut up both of you

    July 16, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. DL

    Palins going to do what 'big oil' tells her to do. Nothing more.

    And far as 'Republican Health Plan'...show me something that DOESN'T benefit the drug companies and insurance companies. Then I might actually listen to what you have to say. The GOP only cares about representing corporations. They sold out the best interests of the average American years ago.

    July 16, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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