January 5th, 2010
07:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Steele says it's too early to predict 2010 outcome

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele modified his prediction that the GOP will not take control of the House in 2010 - this far in advance, he told CNN Tuesday, no one knows what will happen.

Steele responded to a question about GOP prospects in 2010 Monday night by telling Fox News that Republicans were unlikely to take back the House: "Not this year," he said. But the GOP leader told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that he simply isn't ready to make any kind of prediction and that Republicans now are trying to "put in place good candidates to win and winning as if we will take the House in the fall."

"No one is right now declaratively stating that we will win the House back in this November," Steele said. "If they are saying that, I'd like to see the crystal ball they are looking through, because there is a lot of politics to unfold here, and a lot of races to be settled on both sides of the political tracks."

Earlier Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee aimed to negate Steele's comments, with spokesman Ken Spain saying he thinks the GOP can win back the majority in the House in the upcoming midterm elections.

"The NRCC's goal has always been to recapture the majority in 2010," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said in a statement. "Independent political analysts and even liberal columnists have stated that Republicans have a very real shot at taking back the majority in 2010. Make no mistake about it, we are playing to win."

Steele said he agreed with the statement, and said Republicans will run tough races this year.

"It was not a slap at me, and there we go, trying to create a diversion and distraction and there is tension on the Republican side," Steele said. "I will not sit back and say, we will take back the House. What I agree with is the RNC and NRCC and others that we will be in play and fight hard to win the seats, and we will be competitive all of the way to the end."

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Lee in TN

    Steele goofed up again and made a statement without checking with the republican party heads, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh!

    January 5, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. m smith

    steel needs to go write a book like bimbo palin or the sanford broad. These repos are all wing nuts. What a grand ol party. They give elephants a bad name. Be luck to win very many seats at all next year. With the exception of South carolina and the wonderful christian south. The few north west states that have a high school drop out rate higher than most of their citzens IQ They may be in for a surprize

    January 5, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. CBR

    It seems as though the Republicans cannot agree on anything. Mr. Steele says one thing and others negate his statements. The other arms of the party then make other statements. All of their efforts are being put into the 2010 elections. The next 10 months will be void of Republican participation. Shame on these politicians who will not engage in debate and dialogue.

    Typical political rhetoric yet it does give a little glimpse into a party which is trying very hard to hold a strong line. Sooner or later someone will break away and start making his or her own decisions. That is when the governmental wheels will start moving and perhaps the nation will move forward.

    January 5, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. charlie in Maine

    I can't think of a time when a party has deserved to be kept from power in this country more than these thugs deserve to be kept from power now.
    Except maybe the Democrat during the Civil war. I'll admitt that my party was on the wrong side of the slavery issue.

    January 5, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. windmill

    So, let me get this straight! Steele buried EVERY Republican President since Reagan with his rude remarks, and to add insult to injury, first said "not this year"! NOW he back tracked and changed his story one more time!!!! This is soooooooooooooooo familiar!!! The GOP are always saying one thing and doing somethingelse!! Steele is NO exception!! Next time you have breakfast, Mr.Steele, try putting "tar" on your waffle!!! That might slow your "BIG MOUTH" down and you'll have to "think" before you speak!!!!

    January 5, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Marie Laveaux

    What a dork!

    January 5, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. John J, IN

    Backpedal, backpedal, backpedal, backpedal, backpedal. The man has no backbone to speak of. Zero convictions. Total clown.

    January 5, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Pam in St. Louis

    Michael Steele is a big joke. He is nothing but a figure-head for the Republican party. Everytime he makes a statement either he takes it back or the RNC makes him take it back or tone it down. He can't speak his own mind because he knows the Republican Party doesn't really want someone who looks like him representing them. He only has that job because he happens to "look" like Obama. If Hillary Clinton had won the nomination no one outside of his little circle would even know who he is.

    January 5, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. John

    Steele says it's too early to predict 2010 outcome

    Sounds kinda' defeatist.

    I guess ol' Mike senses what's coming and doesn't want to talk about it.

    January 5, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    You righties gotta love your village idiot!

    January 5, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    See, the problem is the GOP (and Conservatives who are too ashamed to call themselves GOP) are more concerned about power than policy. When was the last time we heard anything other than "no" from the right? Cricket, cricket...

    January 5, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Excuse me, but is Steele the GOP's clown idiot. But don't blame him because he's still aspiring to be and what they want him to say without any intelligence which he lacks. I love Uncle Tom Steele despite the fact that he's trying to do what he thinks is the right thing. Send him back to Nigeria from where he comes because he is a terrorist.

    January 5, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. snowdrop

    How's that saying go????? Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed!!! Sounds to me like Michael Steele and his Republican Party of NO don't seem to be very confident about the upcoming 2010 elections!

    January 6, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    That's only because he knows that "The Party Of NO is going to get it's hat handed to it yet again.

    January 6, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  15. Terry - Indiana

    Wether you like the Democrats or not, they are at least trying to get something done on healthcare and other issues. The Republicans had the majority and did nothing with it, except to push the US into two wars, bailout crooked banks and insurance companies, and spend their free time bad mouthing anyone who disagreed with them. If the Republicans want my support this year, I want them to step forward and announce that lobbyists will be restricted from entering Washington, DC. I would welcome term limits, with Congressmen limited to two, four year terms, and Senators limited to two, six year terms. Graft and Greed are running this country, with 1% of the population controlling all of the wealth and the government.

    January 6, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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