October 4th, 2010
08:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Steele rallies GOP in Nevada


Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – GOP Chairman Michael Steele told a small crowd of Nevada Republican Party activists and candidates that the GOP and the Tea Party are "locked hand in hand"–particularly when it comes to defeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"What has captured the nation's attention is this little thing called the Senate race," Steele began. "And I'm here to tell you, the people of Nevada, a Senate seat is an awful thing to waste. Do not waste it by re-electing [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid. Let's elect Sharron Angle the next senator from this state."

Steele's comments came along his "Fire [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi" bus tour as it rolled into Las Vegas Sunday afternoon.

He continued by referencing the rift among conservatives - one that has pitted certain members of the Republican Party against those in the Tea Party, a political movement many have labeled as too extreme.

"Please. Can we stop this silly noise about the Tea Party and the GOP fighting eachother? We are locked hand in hand to unseat Harry Reid and elect Sharron Angle."

Angle, endorsed by the Tea Party, defeated a field of establishment Republicans in the state's primary, an accomplishment that stirred significant tension among party traditionalists.

Republican activist Victoria Delaguerra-Seaman worked on the primary campaign of the GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian and alluded to the leftover bad blood over the Tea Party's primary "interference."

"We were not happy about it," she said defiantly, while adding that she'll support Angle in the end because "we want to get rid of Harry Reid."

Incidentally, Reid has racked up a small list of fairly prominent Republicans that includes Nevada mayors and a former RNC chairman. Part of the reason could be the Tea Party's infiltration of the GOP primary, according to University of Nevada Las Vegas Political Science Professor David Damore.

"She's been a pain in the butt to the Republicans her whole career," Damore said. "She's made a lot pf primary challenges in the past against some establishment Republicans."

Asked how he takes their move to the left, Steele told CNN he was "very disappointed."

"I think any Republican who is standing there supporting Harry Reid needs to think about whether or not they're actually Republican. Don't use the word…and then go out and support policies and individuals who go counter to the pro growth, pro business, pro free market policies that we've advocated as a party for generations."

Still, he maintains the GOP is a party where people are free to "make their own choices."

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. tom

    May God have mercy on each one of us as we rapidly approach the end of time !

    October 4, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Tina in PA

    I understand republicans wanting to win but it's kind of shameful to want an idiot like Angle to hold a seat with her wacked out ideas. And she lies left and right.

    This reminds me of the movie North & South, a great depiction of what happens when loones try to devide this country.

    October 4, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. diridi

    Nevada, never vote for these GOP thugs. Eric Cantor the biggest idiot, like Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnol, and John Bohner was telling, "instead of raising taxes on who make more than 250k, like Bill Clinton", listen to me, this idiot, does not have brain, so Eric Cantor, VA was telling, Bill Clinton does not leave surplus...yes, Bill Clinton left 480 billion dollars surplus...it is truth...The Idiot, Ronald Reagan, and Bush left huge deficit....you all know...so do not mess with our nation...it is recuperating....go for any Democrat....nation benefits...Obama is doing excellent job....If I were the president, I do the same...Very educated telling...God luck, and God bless the nation, the USA!!!!! Economy is turning around, i see the signs....they raised hours in my employment....God bless us all....just go for any Democrat...be they dogs, cats, or lion...go and vote any Democrat....GOP thugs ruin, and ruined the nation....watch this GOP, Tea Party Republican Thugs....vote for any dem.....

    October 4, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Does the RNC require that Michael Steele ride in the back of the bus so as to appease their base? Professional Wrestling fans, NASCAR fans, and KLAN members. Real Americans...

    October 4, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. lforlegend

    Mikey Steele is a waste and so is Sharron. Talk about a dance with the devil, Steele knows he's not welcomed by the T-partie.

    October 4, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Obviously, the RINO's are still pro business just not pro-insanity!

    October 4, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Keith Sillsbury

    Wow , just keep turning on the people steele. Keep pushing wall streets agenda. you aren't even listening to the real people, its like a game to you. Reid needs to win as long as people like you are around.

    October 4, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. Seattle Sue

    Mr. Steele is nearly as radical as Mrs. Angle. Our country will be better off without either of them in power.

    October 4, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    "What has captured the nation's attention is this little thing called the Senate race," Steele began.

    No, what's captured the nation's attention is the utter stupidity and lunacy of the GOP and the Tea Party. These two have made a joke out of an entire political party - so much so that no one takes the GOP or the Tea Party seriously.

    October 4, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. ST

    Brother Steele what about campaigning for Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. Without capturing that seat, beating Harry Reid will mean nothing! Sharron Angle will not emerge as a winner, if she does, it will be the main news of the year 2010, and this is not going to happen I can assure you!

    October 4, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. kara

    And by people he means men, because as we know, in Sharon angle's republican tea party little girls WILL be forced to have their rapists baby.
    So, no government to help you out, but plenty of government in your womb!
    By the way, why are these people still pretending there's any difference between the republicans and the tea party?

    October 4, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Julie C

    And he can say all this with a straight face? Laughable! Angle's a nut job and we all know it. Reid may have some flaws, but she's downright dangerous and would be a very irresponsible choice. Voting out of anger does not help our country.

    October 4, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Bob, Virginia

    Mike Steele should be embarassed to campaign for such a moronic nutbag as "Right" Angle.

    October 4, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Rose

    Still, he maintains the GOP is a party where people are free to "make their own choices."

    Yeah, free to make your own choices as long as they're GOP choices.

    The GOP doesn't want to regulate companies that cheat, lie, steal and kill (banks, BP, etc.), but they want to regulate people, trying to take away our civil rights and choices.

    October 4, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. stufthis

    Any normal republican who moves to the extreme right to support Angle because she has an "R" behind her name, is not a republican. Taxes are at their lowest in 50 years, the deficit is down 8% this fiscal year, private sector jobs are being created, the stock market is up to 10,800 from 8000 when President Obama took over. I cannot believe that eliminating Reid will help unemployed Nevadans.

    October 4, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. John

    I sure wish the REPUBLICAN PARTY make your mind,yesterday the GOP and the TEA PARTY were two different Party and had nothing too do with the GOP. But today I read that GOP Chairman Michael Steele said that the GOP AND THE TEA PARTY OR LOCK HAND IN HAND. That the trouble with the PUBLICAN PARTY it LIES all the time,they don't know what the truth is.I'm a Independent voter. I use too be a REPUBLICAN but not anymore.

    October 4, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. jaywingfuller

    Very sad for Steele. Up to this point I had mainatined a gruding respect for the guys tenacity. But supporting Angle??? Come on Michael, the woman is a walking disaster, spewing hate, contraditcting herself every other day, and actually suggesting that a "2nd Amendment Option", i.e. assassination, is a legitmate answer to politcial questions in this country. Is that actually GOP policy, Michael? Is that what the GOP stands for these days? I thought you guys were the 'do-nothing; crowd. Now you're adding assassination to the platform?

    October 4, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. stufthis

    Nevadans have to realize that Steele in a $500,000 motor home reflects how out of touch the republican party is. Maybe he will take in a few shows and stop at a few of those places republicans like to spend donor money.

    October 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. stufthis

    Where is Sen. Ensign? Shouldn't he be out talking about those republican family values?

    October 4, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |