August 6th, 2010
03:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Steele avoids talk of a second term at RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Michael Steele avoided questions about a second term on Friday."]Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Michael Steele on Friday wouldn’t commit to seeking a second term as Republican National Committee chairman. But he would commit to lunch.

Pressed by reporters on whether he’s readying for a re-election bid - something he said was all but certain in a recent conversation with a conservative journalist - Steele avoided the question.

“Oh my goodness, can we get through this election first?” he answered.

Asked again as he was walking toward a reception with RNC members, Steele would only say: “You know what I thinking about now? Lunch.”

Already two Republicans – North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman – have signaled interest in challenging Steele next year.

In the brief and increasingly rare session with national reporters, Steele rejected the seemingly never-ending questions about his handling of the RNC and its purse strings.

“It’s been very good stewardship,” he insisted. “With anything, there are disagreements and different opinions on issues, but I think members have made it very clear that our focus should be on November 2. All the noise of mid-summer will fade away to victory in November.”

Steele said the RNC has spent heavily on making sure that state parties are getting the “resources they need” to fund get-out-the-vote programs in November.

“Would I love to have 20 million in the bank? Absolutely,” he said. “But I have about six or seven because I have spent that money to get those victory offices open and to get the infrastructure on the ground.”

That’s less money than the RNC had on hand at the end of June, their most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. At the end of June, the committee had $10.9 million in the bank and carried $2 million worth of debt.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Please stay Mr. Steele. You and Silly Sarah are the gifts that keep on giving. BTW, where's the unaccounted 7 million dollars that made an RNC resign his post?

    August 6, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. monasterymonkey

    What in the world – this loud mouth is finally learning to keep quiet. It certainly won't last.

    August 6, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Steele is real

    Steele is doing fine. I'm curious why liberal kooks love to attack him. At least he's not running the economy into the ground like our president and democrat super-majority Congress.

    August 6, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. oy vey az

    I think Steele needs a break from The Overseers lash.

    August 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. 1969er

    It might have been a very looooong lunch.

    August 6, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    Wingnut bloggers keep sniping at Uncle Tom Steele. He's going down.

    August 6, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. sharon pless

    What? Michael "Big Mouth" "Won't Shut up" Steele doesn't have much to say. They finally whipped him into shape. Keep us the silence.

    August 6, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. kayla

    you were elected to hide the fact that they are a bunch of red necks, and you are soooo blind thinking they really like you.

    August 6, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Oh, Michael; say it ain't so!

    You know, Steele is real, for a person who was born AFTER November 2008, you write surprisingly well:

    "Steele is doing fine. I'm curious why liberal kooks love to attack him. At least he's not running the economy into the ground like our president and democrat super-majority Congress."

    August 6, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    By my sipherin', that be about $700,000 per lesbian table dance. Nothing but the best for the GOP!!

    August 6, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Ted

    I vote for the idiot ex-governor of Alaska for this mostly ceremonial position that takes no competence nor intelligence to do. Steele needs a rest from being the RNC buffoon

    August 6, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    Aw, gee, Michael. we need you to stay. you're so good at accidentally saying what the GOCRAP is actually about. people need to know how crazy and evil you all are and you demonstrate it so perfectly. 🙂

    August 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. AEJ


    August 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Steele should go back behind the counter at Kentucky Fried Chicken and shut his big mouth ....

    August 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. carlos

    repugnant sewer dwellers..........they reek, UGH

    August 6, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Incompetent people who are about to be fired rarely talk about their future employment. As a Democrat, I love the destruction he has furthered within the Republican Party. He has been a disaster since he was elected.
    Just like Palin was an absurd Republican response to Hillary, so was Michael Steele for President Obama. Republicans are primarly uneducated and easily fooled. Just look at the Tea baggers and the Birthers. It shows how stupid Republicans are because they have never supported quality education.

    August 6, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. GL

    But in an unorthodox interview with a conservative journalist posted online Monday, Steele proclaimed that a second term is all but certain – and he brushed aside news of a potential challenge from former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.

    Steele all talk and no action. I can not hear you now Steele – What's up my black token brother?

    August 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. water bearer

    He's avoiding it because he already knows he's toast!

    August 6, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    LOL 🙂
    You have to give him credit though. While other rethugs quit mid term after an election where your constituents voted to make money from stupid people who think you are worth anything at least he's sticking to the job the rethugs elected him to do.
    Now that being said . . . . lesbian bondage clubs, fancy expensive Hawaii trips (while the economy is tanking but it's not okay for Michelle Obama to do the same) the kind of stuff that makes me wonder why it's okay for them and not for the sitting President and his family.

    August 6, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. lforlegend

    He can run the t-party. They feature a few other clowns in that club.

    August 6, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. John

    I don't think he should had the first one.

    August 6, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. thomas

    Bye bye BABY !
    Don't worry be Happy !

    August 6, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Independent One

    Steele is toast!!!

    August 6, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |