November 1st, 2010
08:43 AM ET
12 years ago

Steele to Palin critics: Shut up!

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."

"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."

Steele's comments were in reference to a Politico article out Monday in which a string of unnamed Republicans, feeling Palin could not be a viable presidential contender, said it will be the party's goal to prevent her from running in 2012.

Other establishment Republicans have also gone on the record to criticize the former Alaska governor – most recently Karl Rove, who last week said Palin lacks the gravitas to sit in the oval office.

But speaking on CNN Monday, Steele said he would be happy if she is the party's standard-bearer in 2012

"If she goes through the process and the Republican primary voters vote for her, absolutely I would be happy," said Steele. "Why wouldn't I be?"

Filed under: 2012 • Michael Steele • Sarah Palin
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Tired of the Nonsense

    Again, the GOP is trying to infringe on our freedom of speech.

    Tell you what, Steele, why don't you just shred the Constitution in public which is what your party has been doing politically for the last 10 years? You hate America, you hate Americans and you hate everything America stands for.

    November 1, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Frank

    Having Sarah Palin on the ticket for the Republicans would be a gift beyond belief for the Democrats. So, I say GO PALIN!!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE nominate that loopy bonehead on the ticket!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Lynn

    Let's talk more about Palin, she's the reason the GOP is in deep trouble. She represents all that's disgusting about their brand of politics, lies, smears and fear. She has no depth of purpose except make more money for herself and keep her name in the news. Cut her loose.

    November 1, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Why, Mike, are you hoping to be her Vice Presidential candidate in two years? Fat chance, goomba, especially when you consider your own popularity within the rank-and-file Republican party is lower than Caribou Barbie's! By the way, anyone else out there specifically planning on NOT watching her new "reality" series? She could be the new Snookie!

    November 1, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Laverne

    We wish Michael Steele and Sarah Palin would SHUT UP and GO AWAY FOREVER!

    November 1, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    OMG, I agree with Mr. Steele !

    It is my political wet dream for the President to run against Ms. Palin in 2012. He would embarass her and the GOP.

    I hope all folks [progressives, independents, moderate Republicans who know the GOP is wrong] join in NOT CRITICIZING her; let`s not spook her out of the race. Instead, let`s lay the trap for the old mangy Mamma Grizzley.

    There is so much ammo (video from Fox,YouTube, her caimpaign stopa, rallies,

    November 1, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Gary

    It looks like Steele is going the way of Palin and endorsing "Death squads are going to look for grandma" and "I can see Russia from my house". I've talk to a couple of Russian visitors to the US and they think Palin is hilarious, not to mention a number of Canadians. Now Steele is adding himself to the international idiots list!

    November 1, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. cel

    A lot of us Liberals would be happy if she got the GOP nomination. It would mean a sure win for any Liberal candidate !!
    Go Sarah, Go !!

    November 1, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. LISA

    Thank- you.. They should shut-up. Men having been running things all along. For dems and repubs.

    November 1, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Ron least until Tues night! Repubs need those poor sap tea baggers to help elect repubs on Tues. Then, the gloves come off. Suckers!

    November 1, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Eiolgj

    Because you're an idiot, that is why. And because you won't be the chairman then either.

    November 1, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Seattle Sue

    Haven forbid to criticize this fear-monger Palin. Mr. Steele knows he had better stand up for her or she will have him fired. By the way, what is the problem of the media reporting what is found about Miller in Alaska? For that matter reporting on any position whether it is Dem/Rep or any party.

    November 1, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. sundancedave

    Sarah Palin is a good spokesman for the TEA Party movement but she is not presidential material. Micheal has said and done alot of stupid things. Stupid things including saying " Afganistan is an unnessary war of Obama's choosing ". He endorsed the crook Dan Maes for Colorado Governor who has polled 5%. Telling Sarah Palin 2012 GOP presidential detractors to " shut up " isn't cool. Micheal should shut up and step down!

    November 1, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. sara

    Well I do agree with the GOP on this one. She does need to keep it down.

    November 1, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. A. Goodwin

    "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night." Too bad your party is not focused on helping the American people!! Nothing but lies and deceit about any social program out there. The rest of us independents/Democrats/Green party indivdiuals want to know – when are you going to do something – ANYTHING to help the American people? You want us to vote you in office on WHAT record? If you are voting Republican tomorrow – then you must have liked to live during the Bush era. The rest of us – not so much!!

    November 1, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Angie in Denver

    Sarah Palin would not win if she ran on a national ticket. She has her devoted fans but she does not have the middle/Independents who don't have time for her cute one-liner partisan attacks. However, if she runs, it iwould be a Democrat dream come true for 2012!

    November 1, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Texas Independent

    Because she would lose the general election, Mr. Steele.

    November 1, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. James

    I would support her 1000% if she wants the job! She got more guts than any darn politician in this country and savvy. She could crush any democrat leftist by simply TELLING THE TRUTH! Maerxist and democrats are no different.,anymore. I love you Sarah P.

    November 1, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. RevRon

    I think most Democrats would be ecstatic about a Palin ticket in 2012, as it would ensure a Democratic victory. I'd think more people would be concerned about the head of a political party attempting to silence opinions of his fellow party members, as doing so feeds into the image of blind obedience rather than creative thought. Perhaps the Republican party would be better served if Steele would take his own advice and just shut up.

    November 1, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. bob

    Michael Steel You are such a token LACKY!

    November 1, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. JD in Moraga, CA

    I wonder if they're making him ride in the back of the "Fire Pelosi" bus.

    November 1, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. P.D.

    LOL! Who's a worse spokesman for the Republican Party? Palin or Steele? They both suffer from the same desease. Foot in mouth syndrome.

    November 1, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Realistic

    Ok Palin runs 2012 and President Obama gets re-elected in a landslide. If the republicans want a chance to win, maybe Mitt and Jindal would have a better chance. If Palin was nominated she would choose christine O'D as VP...That would be great a comedy to watch, I mean debate...

    November 1, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. RLS-Cleveland, OH

    Oh Steele should just shut up!

    November 1, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Richard mcenroe

    Those were the same anonymous gop leaders who thought crist, castle, scozzafava and murkowski were what this country needed.

    November 1, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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