October 31st, 2010
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Steele’s election expectations

(CNN) - The man in charge of electing Republicans across the country tried to lower expectations Sunday, saying if Republicans win 37 seats in the House and remain in the minority, it will still be a success for the party.

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and said he would also consider a 39-seat pick-up, where Republicans would become the majority, a victory.

“If we get 39 seats and take the majority, that’s a success. If we get 37, that’s success,” Steele said. “We were the party out of power ... we were going to be regionalized, marginalized to the lower portions of the political spectrum. We have battled our way back.”

Steele told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that if Republicans do take control of Congress, they will have to be careful with the power.

“You cannot just go and do the same old same old, because if you do, then you’re going to wind up seeing a split in the party,” Steele said. “You’ll wind up seeing people take that support, that newly found support they have for the party, and place it elsewhere.”

Steele said the party should continue to “address the concerns that the people have” and bring the administration to the table to “get something done.”

He denied claims that he is involved in discussions about stepping down from his leadership post, and said he would not address his future until after Tuesday.

“I’m focused on Tuesday,” Steele said. “After Tuesday we’ll let whatever come, come.”

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. megan

    Bye Bye Michael Steele. See ya.You got USED big time.

    October 31, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. lefty avenger

    Steele is an interesting guy selling out his own people. Republican strategy? Destroy the working class, cut taxes for the wealthy, keep all wars going(middle eastern and drug), reward the bankers, deregulate wall street, create a totalitarian police state, attack gays, attack minorities, attack immigrants, bolster big pharma, reward big oil and finally make sure universal health care never happens. If you aren't a white millionaire pro-war guy why would you vote republican?

    October 31, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Kevin

    This man is such a joke. Senate minority leader Mitch MCconnel said if the republicans make any gains there main goal is to make President Obama a one term president and give the GOP candidate running in 2012 a platform to run on. The republicans have shown in the past that they and tight now they don't give a DAM about America, only power. The sad thing is you have so many people believe the lies they tell over and over again. The only thing I can say America you thought things were bad under Bush just wait in see these racist republican candidate get into office.

    October 31, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Tea party cost the senate for republicans that is true they won’t accept the fact
    We don’t know what roll in future tea party will play in GOP
    Everything in? Mark

    October 31, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Vote GOP - Greed Over People

    No worries Steele, obviously, the American people have the attention span of a gnat, or they would not be voting to put the Reds in charge of the House again, thereby, giving the GOP a second chance to decimate America and bring on the next depression.

    October 31, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Lynn

    What thinking person would return to a doctor who messed up their health. Same person who would return to a political party who screwed up the country. Where did all the logical people go? They sure aren't thinking in this election, just throw out the incumbents and give control back to the same group that caused the disaster to begin with.

    October 31, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Next congress will have tough time first they have to compromise Tea party members so nothing will get done DC
    End of 2011 we will getting ready throw next congress out

    October 31, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. mdm

    Some people have no business posting on sites and exposing their ignorance – example would be "lefty avenger"...any clue how many African Americans are running for Congress as Democrats this election (including Green – SC)? that would be 2 total...

    Any clue how many African Americans are running as (R) this election cycle? That would be 14.... by that standard I would say the Democratic party is exclusionary and racist...

    Do you see the point?

    October 31, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. katiec

    Despite the medias push, exaggerations to ensure the republicans regain control, the American people realize this party does not represent us. We will not allow corporations, special interests, PACs buy this election. They are trying to destroy one of our most precious rights and that is to vote and elect those who will represent us best.
    Voters, we must make sure that a political party that has sold us down the river, supports Wall St, big business and the wealthy over the survival of us and our country, plans complete gridlock for the next two years, has done everything possible to try and stop any improvement, advancement etc for our economy and our country for the sake of winning this next election NOT be put back into control.
    We will not survive.

    October 31, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. hillcrester

    I hope Steele stays on as the national "face" of the GOP. I hope Palin's reality TV show is called "Family Values Alaska Style" and she runs for the nomination in 2012. I hope Michelle Bachmann becomes Speaker of the House if the Republican'ts gain control of the House. I hope the Republican Party exposes itself for the worthless ideology it is and self-desctructs, as it has here in California.

    October 31, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Marie MD

    steele, what else are you going to say? The President came in trying to do something new and the rethugs have filibuster every single thing he has tried to do.
    If they control congress, including those clueless teabaggers, we are doomed!!!

    October 31, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Marko

    The republicans always claim they have a mandate from the people when they win and that the Democrats should honor the will of the people. So, when the people in 2006 and then big time in 2008 sent in a large amount of Democrats, what did the republicans do, they obstructed the will of the people. The blocked everything from bills to judges. Way to work for the will of the people republicans.

    October 31, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Puzzled European

    Americans never seize to amaze by cutting off their own noses to spite the other fellow and thinking that it won't affect
    them also. Voting for someone who want to cut things like social security, and the Dept. of education? Repealing health care
    legislation? They don't even want each other to have health coverage? So vote the zealots in?
    Funny Americans.

    October 31, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Disillusioned

    @ Lynn....
    You asked, where did the logical people go? I will tell you. Logic is a mirage when the persona of the person at the helm of the country's affairs is what it is. I made the same mistake as you in thinking when President Barack Obama was elected that America has finally matured. Euphoria got the best of me I guess. I should have reckoned with the underlying deep-seated animosity towards people of the President's ilk. I am at least sane now. Thank you!

    October 31, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. annie s

    A victory for Republicans. A disaster for Americans.

    October 31, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |