July 5th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Radio: Should he stay, or should he go?

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's recent comments about the war in Afghanistan have some GOP senators wondering whether Steele should keep his chairmanship. CNN's Bob Costantini speaks with GOP Adviser Ron Bonjean who says pushing Steele out now would be a bad mistake.

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  1. GI Joe

    Keep him !! The Barton, Palin, Steele trio does wonders for the democrats and independents.

    July 5, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    We don't even need to rally - we just sit here quietly laughing at the republicans and teabaggers - we're waiting to vote.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    I support the DNC so I say KEEP HIM!! Plus it looks good that the RNC is trying to practice diversity. (yeah, right!!)

    July 5, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. carlos

    he should stay and keep uttering his stupidity....GOOD for us LIBERALS

    July 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Let him stay, he's the gift that keeps on giving.

    July 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Patriot

    A note to the RNC:

    Please keep Michael Steel...oh please..oh please..oh please...

    July 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. GuyinVA

    Chairman Steele should resign for one reason alone: his poorly thought out statement allowed that self-serving, attention starved media whore Ron Paul to get back in the news.

    July 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    the GOP can keep Joe Wilson, Tancredo, that nutcase senator with the raghead comment from South Carolina and still worship at the alters of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck yet they want to talk about dumping Mike Steele. I guess that "let's put a black guy in the front thingy" didn't work for them. Looks pretty racists to me if they do.

    July 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The entire GOP is made up of people who misspeak and lie. Leave Steele alone, he is starting to point out the flaws in right wingnut thinking.

    July 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    As a proud Democrat, I say Let Michael stay. He is so good for our party.

    July 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. The Unsub

    Keep him he's a problem, fire him you have no Blacks

    July 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. allen

    he is a complete fool and should stay! the republicans deserve him and palin. oh yeah, and mccain too.

    July 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Michael from Ventura

    I think his hoof-in-mouth disease is funny- What would we laugh at if he went away? Oh yeah- Michele,Rush,Dick,Mitch,Sharon,Eric............

    July 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Bob

    Finally a senor member of my party speaks out with the truth and his reward is possible removable.

    July 5, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    I am of the opinion that Chairman Steele should remain in his position in the RNC. I hope that Leader Limbaugh will not have him removed. Mr. Steele is doing a fine job and if we allow him to continue his work I am sure we will continue to hold our majority in the House and we will probable get as solid Democratic majority in the Senate. Mr. Steele is doing a better job for us than any of my Democratic members could do so he should be left in place. I am sure he has the backing and support of many of my fellow Democrats.

    July 5, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Ed FL

    The GOP is looking at people polls to use as justification to get rid of Steele. They do not have the Cohones to step up and admit their real resaon for him being there. It was to pit an african american against an african american president without the shame being brought to the party in general about their racist views.

    July 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    He should stay. I AM A CAUCASIAN SO DON'T YELL RACIAL. The man was telling the truth. The war under the current leadership of OBAMA is unwinnable. Not only is he going to destroy the Military he intends to destroy America. If he can cause a Civil War in the States who do you think this will please. THE MUSLIM NATIONS. So Americans WAKE-UP AND SMELL THE ROSES. He is turning all of us once again against each other. It will not take much for this nation to explode. Us gun owners are not going to give up our weapons and the African Americans think he is their savior. OH HOW CRAZY THAT IS. Time will tell them they have bet on a wicked man.

    July 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    I hope Steele stays. His idiotic gaffes are great for the Democratic Party to show how clueless and unqualified to lead Republicans are. He and the tea baggers will ensure a landslide win for the Democrats once again. No one is going to vote for the anti-People Party. Republicans are the Corporation party and are covered in the oil from the BP disaster. Cheney was the one who deregulated the oil industry and, just let the banks, let them do as they pleased. Just like the banks eventually failed, so did BP since they had no rules or oversight on them, They had no safety depts, no plans for spills, and had the worst safety record of all the oil companies.

    Yet the Republicans are apologizing to BP for how THEY are being treated and are trying to block any law to increase their liability, Republicans have not said one word about the PEOPLE whose lives BP has destroyed. They have shown no empathy, no concern, no willingness to fund aid to them and are fighting the Clean Energy Act which would tightly regulate the oil industry. How American of them, especially since BP is a British company. Of course Republicans have still been fighting the Financial Reform Bill too since they are on the side of the banks who destroyed our financial system, caused working people to go bankrupt, lose their pension funds, and lose their homes.

    Republicans hate the middle class. One Republican Senator just referred to the middle working class as the "lesser people". Republicans are arrogant eltitists who are openly racist, want to keep women down, and want America to fail so they can try to grab power again.

    I hope everyone does not have amenesia about who got us into these disasters – economy, two fraudulent wars, criminal acts against our Constitution, broke international law on torture, lets banks destroy our financial system, let Wall St cheat average Americans, killed the housing market, made the trade imbalance even worse and let corporations send all our mfg jobs overseas causing a huge unemployment rate. Now the oil disaster tracks right back to them as well.

    Republicans have done NOTHING to help America recover from their stupid policies. They have blocked all legislation to help working people recover and now are even blocking unemployment insurance payments to people who lost jobs due to no fault of their own. Republicans don't care. They are white, rich, have a ridiculous salary, "socialist" govt healthcare they did not want the rest of us to have, and a huge pension when none of us get pensions anymore. The fact that families can't pay their bills and may have gone hungry this July 4th weekend is appalling and unpatriotic.

    NO more Republicans in office again – we need leaders who care about the People and don't serve the Corporations who bribe them with millions in campaign money. It's time for the People to take our power back. Vote NO on all Republicans and let's the People Party of the Democrats continue to pass legislation that makes our lives better and protects us from abusive corporations.

    July 5, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. bkgrandma

    I sure hope these tea party idots realize they are being used by the republicans and the likes of that loser Sarah Palin. Where were they when "W" was digging this country deeper and deeper in debt to pay for the Iraq war and at the same time giving tax cuts to the rich????

    July 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Steele is right, and the tea-party agrees. Why spend $6 billion a month for war when we need that money to help the economy and reduce the deficit?

    $6 billion a month!!!! No wonder we have such a huge deficit. Obama the war monger is taking our money and throwing it away in foreign countries. TEA PARTY SAYS END THE WARS NOW! Republicans better fall in line or lose your elections.

    July 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Larry

    Steele needs to go. He sounds more like Limbaugh every time he opens his mouth.

    July 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Gil

    Let him stay and further divide and embarrass the republican party so the elections in the fall will be a slam dunk for Americans and not Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street!

    July 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |