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. Marissa

    Steele, why dont you please shut up? Many GOPers find her a joke. I just went to a debate between Michael Medved ( Fox news and Thomas Hartmann ( CPT) last week. Medved doesnt find her a viable candidate. You would let this country go down the tubes because she looks good in a skirt? I am not going to shut up sir

    November 1, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Sam

    Shoving Palin down our throat seems to be GOP's goal and strategy. Starting from the election in 2008, where even the people who picked her later couldn't stand her, to now, that story has remained unchange.

    November 1, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. jeff, alabama

    Sarah rocks.
    Palin rolls.
    The dinosaur GOP
    leaders need to shut up
    cause they can't put up.
    Sarah Palin has more guts
    than they do and she doesn't
    change her views according
    to polls like they do. They're jealous.
    Sarah Palin 2012 !

    November 1, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Indie Woman in Denver

    Dem cittzen to Michael Steele: YOU shut up!

    November 1, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Ernie

    Let me tell you something Karl Rove should talk, he got a "Pass" when he was President Bush's advisor when he told then the late Robert Novak and exposed CIA agent Valarie Plane. Karl Rove committed "Treason" and he got a "Pass" all because he was an advisor to the President. Karl Rove is going to shoot his mouth off one to many times and the "Media" is going to "Burn" him. Karl Rove should be very careful for what he says it will come back to "haunt" him. This time he doesn't have the President to "Protect" him. If Karl Rove is so smart he should run for "President"

    November 1, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Disbelief

    Michael Steele is one of the original male bimbos. It's easy to see why he sympathizes with Sarah......

    November 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. rick

    The party is being hijacked by the far right and Steele knows it. If they can't get a presidential candidate that is willing to move to the center, they will never take that office back.

    November 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. CBR

    Michael Steele is now telling all of the Republicans to be quiet. Well,it seems to me he would do well to let people have their say. His remarks confirm that he is trying to gain control of the Party. Sarah Palin is not a candidate. She will have more than Republicans commenting if she becomes a candidate. It is a rare day when I agree with Karl Rove but he is correct and he has a right to his opinion.

    He really ought to tell her to cool it. She has made outrageous comments, shown her dislike for the President and his family, complained about the media, complained about the media coverage of her children even while she is putting them in the limelight. Need I go on.

    November 1, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. David

    Palin speaks exactly what we need to hear. The liberal madia does not speak the truth of the nation. OBAMA IS CLUELESS, and Palin tells it like it is about him and his policies.

    November 1, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. steven harnack

    Why wouldn't you be? Well, for one , you could at least pretend that you care more about the future of our country.

    November 1, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. TTBALA


    Of course you would be happy because you are as stuped, as ignorant as dumb as she is, congratulations for sincking to a new law level.

    November 1, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Duh-HeDid-it Again

    There, there Michaeal Steele, another foot put in your mouth. Maybe it has been stuck there for a long time. Another autocratic statement by Mr. Steele. I have a feeling the GOP is going to get pretty tired of this self-promoter. Sure, sure, put Sarah the failing Palin in the driver's seat...

    November 1, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    To all the critics who think Sarah Palin would be a bad president: do you think that she could possibly be as bad as Obama?

    November 1, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. AGeek

    This totally sums up the Republican party. Don't focus on what's going on now and whatever you focus on, make sure it's the craziest, most insane idea possible. Not that democrats are much better, mind you.

    November 1, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Bonnie815

    I guess the smart Repubs are told to "shup up" because they tell the truth about Palin the "pain in the a–" All she does is spout dribble with no substance, she does make a good "mouthy" cheerleader. I am a registered Repub, but NOT for long it Boner is the Speaker of the house.

    November 1, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Linda

    Yep, the last bottom feeders hanging on in the "insiders" "est DC" seeing their power slipping away, because it's all about them, their money, their power, not this country, not the people, that is now scared Sarah will clean up the corruptness as she did in Alaska.

    Forget it losers. The voters have a say. Haven't you paid attention? We see. You thought it was ducky when the Tea Party was going after the Democrats. But when they started throwing out the losers in the Republican Party, you started fighting back and trying to undermine with the same (KARL ROVE) dirty tactics the Dems were using.

    Rather make a Tea Party candidate lose, like the Democrats, vs losing power to an insider.

    We see that writing all over the Murkowski campaign and sure hope enough voters woke up to THAT, too.

    Hasta le vista, baby!

    November 1, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. ddr

    No Mr. Steel. You need to shut up.

    November 1, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Patrick Lewis

    Ah yes. The GOP once again showing their tolerance of dissent, their open tent of inclusiveness into the marketplace of ideas, their staunch support for free speech.

    November 1, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. zip

    What does it say about America when an intellectual lightweight is even remotely considered for national office? Thank you GW Bush for lowering the bar.

    November 1, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. anagram_kid

    So much for freedom of speech.

    November 1, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Mark

    You can't hide the fact that most of the Republican power brokers are horrified at the possiblity of Palin's nomination or worse her being elected.

    November 1, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. keepstufingthis

    Again today, in support of Palin, CNN has a headline remotely connected to her up on the Ticker and it will remain there all day. CNN must really support her. Everyday, no matter what the story, the Ticker headline is about her.

    November 1, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Joe

    One fool defending another.

    November 1, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Only in America where a man like Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele tell a man like Karl Rove to "SHUT UP" because Karl Rove said Palin lacks the gravitas to sit in the oval office also GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up." What a Country

    November 1, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. EJ

    Typical GOP. Divide and suppress.

    November 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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