September 15th, 2010
08:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Steele defends Gingrich's 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' comment

- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Wednesday that he doesn't believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was playing to lowest common denominator politics when he said that President Obama has a "Kenyan anti-colonial" worldview.

In an interview with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on John King, USA, Steele said he thinks Gingrich's comment, made to the National Review on Saturday, was not based on the president's race.

"I know probably some folks out there want to, but I don't see that," Steele said. "I know Newt. I know that's not his mindset on that. He's talking about a world view that comes from a different part, whether it's Europe, the African continent."

Kicking off his 117-city bus tour in Fairfax, Virginia RNC Chairman Michael Steele said he wants to engage with the Tea Party and believes the GOP will take control of the House and Senate as long as Republicans get behind their party's nominees.

"This is a whole different kind of feeling, politically that we've not seen in a while and I think it's important that we not miss that opportunity," Steele said. "That's my message. Stop it. Let's get behind our nominees and win the election."

Steele also had a message for naysayers, like National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Sen. John Cornyn who questioned whether Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell can win a statewide race.

"I don't know if she can win until we try," Steele said. "How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory? This makes no sense. It makes no sense. So stop it. Stop it."

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  1. GL

    In an interview with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on John King, USA, Steele said he thinks Gingrich's comment, made to the National Review on Saturday, was not based on the president's race.

    On of the main reasons I do not what any show John King is running because he a Republicans.

    September 15, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. GL

    Steele is a sale out and a disgrace for the black race. He don't have to turn on blacks to have republicans views Steele. You are nothing but a real saleout and you are no Obama. You will be out of a job in Jan. so go hear and talk your mess.

    September 15, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. timz

    As head of the Republican Party, if Michael Steele tells us that Gingrich could have gone lower we should accept his professional expertise. Nobody knows lowest common denominators like the GOP. It's their stock in trade.

    September 15, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    This become a practice for Steele what ever they wan to say they say and Steele defend them Michael Steele he is doing his job as RNC chairman

    September 15, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. William Jefferson

    Does steele even know what those words mean when not strung together in a nonsensical statement like newts?

    Has steele said anything resembling anything close to rational or sane in the past two years? If he has it would certainly have made the paper as headline news. Something like "Breaking news – steele makes sense for first time in adult life...details at 11."

    September 15, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    From the idiot who said that Iraq was President Obamas war....

    September 15, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Ken

    While stirring up the base, Newt brought out the basest and showed his true colors..

    September 15, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Mike, Santa Ana, California

    Newt is a racist as are many in the Republican Party. It is pathetic when Steele cannot see the plain truth in front of him. Where is the leadership in the Republican Party when it is necessary and essential.

    September 15, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I know that's not his mindset on that. He's talking about a world view that comes from a different part, whether it's Europe, the African continent..."

    STEELE you are so BLIND it's pathetic. Do your fellow sisters and brothers a favor – While you are on that HATE bus visiting the 48 STATES, please be sure to stop in HARLEM so you can find out where your ROOTS are!!!!

    ginGRINCH meant what he said and he is a RACIST and Steele, you are defending him!! I feel so sorry for you!!

    It's not so bad to have a RIGHT frame of mind and be conservative – but when you forget where you came from – NOT GOOD!!!

    September 15, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    Steele hasen't got sense enough to see his own feet. Give us all a break the repos have used racial remarks time and time again and then acted like they never ment it that way. They are a party of redneck immoral biggots .,who have no answers to the current economic crisis and try to scare everyone into voteing against anything the demos introduce.

    September 15, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. John Doe

    I was talking to a very powerful GOP lawyer in Mike Duncan;s home town a number of years back and he asked me as a man on the street what I though of Newt Gingrich. I was his pool man but the answer was, "Newt has done the unforgivable, he's opened his mouth and showed people just what an idiot he is with his comments on the need to bring back orphanages. It will take the public at least 20 years if ever to forget that stupidity! " The next day Newt resigned. It's been about 20 years hasn't it??? And now as so as he's being rehabilitated, he's running his mouth again, and saying the same kind of stupdi things. In my opinion he's hopeless and should be put in a nursing home!

    September 15, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. GLO

    Wow, that's pathetic. Did the RNC make Michael Steele explain away Newt's racist comments, or did he do it of his own accord.

    September 15, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. DENNA

    The GOP become more and more disconnected from reality every day. Michael Steele is delusional if he doesn't think that President Obama's race played some part in Newt's comments. In fact, his race is behind all of the Tea Partiers. How do I know? Because they never uttered a sound when this slide downhill began under the Republicans. Not one word.

    September 15, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |

    I suspect anyone who would back Newt Ginrich. Please GOP don't try and run this man for President he is a loser. A proven loser. Do not even let him get close to destroy any change the other candidates have in winning the Presidency. Newt Ginrich's political career is over with. DONE WITH AND IN THE TRASH HEAP.

    September 15, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. The Other Dale

    He is talking to himself when he says "That makes no sense. Stop it."? He was all over the place in trying to excuse Newt there and didn't even get to the point about Cornyn's concerns. This is why the Republicans are in such a tailspin. When your only hope is to ride around in a bus and use third-grade humor against opponents, you might as well admit you're in deep, deep trouble.

    September 15, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Steele doesn't have any idea of what he is even talking about. All he is doing is being a typical spin doctor just saying what he thinks the media likes to hear... no matter how much he sells-out his soul in the process.

    September 15, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. works for me

    How does one play tennis with himself... from both sides of the fence.
    It seems like playing with himself is all Steele is capable of! What a moron...

    September 15, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Shelly

    They are idiots....oh yeah I wish the British ruled us.
    They have NO ideas for America so they keep coming up with crazy stuff to bring down the President and the Democrats. they keep playng dirty games.The GOP thinks the more you scare people and keep shouting "we are mad" and spread as many lies people will start believing them.
    Go and vote against these fear mongers in November! America, we are above all this hatred and pettiness of the right wing nuts.

    September 15, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Peter s

    What's the Republican world view ? "YOU ARE EITHER WITH US OR OUR ENEMY" Arrogance.

    September 15, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. InTruth23

    Why does Michael Steele Perpetually have his foot in his mouth. What an Idiot!!

    September 15, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. Charlie in Maine

    Ah the GOP defrending the un-defendable. Newt is the closest thing these idiots have to a "BrainTrust" so if he is spouting that crap it is time for anyone with a brain to get the hell out and vote.

    September 15, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. tochi

    A great coyntry that fought a colonial power can;t sink to loweast demoni

    A great country that fought colonial domination should not sink to lowest denominator because it is going through hard times. America greatness lies in its fortitude and decency no one else world has

    September 15, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    Newt is another one of those right wing religious nuts and racists. Just what the republican party wants for president! Don't be lead by this do nothing, know nothing, no thing party!

    September 15, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Matthew, New Orleans

    Steele need to stop acting like TOM he is and take his head out of his rear. I never seen a poor excuse of a man that has no backbone. He acts and pretend like he dont know what they are talking about and have been talking about since Obama been elected.

    September 15, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. normajean

    Why is it this man can't open his mouth without saying something stupid?As a black man , maybe we should look into his background. How do you like it Mr. Steele? Anyone who thinks that all of the other candidates running for President with Barack Obama would not have made damn sure that he was legally able to run., is an idiot and there seem to be a lot of them running loose.I find it hard to believe that there are so many non thinkers out there in our country who will believe anything a Beck, Limbaugh or their ilk will say. Can't you people read, think and learn ANYTHING??God gave you a brain. USE IT!!!!!

    September 15, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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