Michael Steele Vows to Transform Republican Party
In an exclusive interview today at the Washington Times former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele vowed to transform the Republican Party if elected RNC Chairman. He also talked about how the Republican Party has been left “standing still” by the Democrats when it comes to the use of technology and outreach to young and minority voters.
Steele also discusses his Pro-Life position in this interview and has a 100% Pro-Life voting record by the way.
During an interview on FOX News this past Sunday Michael Steele talked about the new direction he intends to take the Republican Party:
Michael Steele stressed:
ON COMMUNICATING AN EFFECTIVE MESSAGE
“I think the other thing that I’ve found that’s been lacking over the last four years, especially the last two cycles–’06 and ’08—we don’t know how to talk to people. We’ve absolutely forgotten how to communicate a message … to espouse those principles in the context of people’s everyday lives. … Our party needs to have a voice, it needs to have a relevant voice that people can identify with.”
ON AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE AND THE LAME DUCK SESSION
“We put $700 billion on the table that we didn’t have. We’re now trying to carve out an extra $300 billion to put on the table. My question is, when does it stop? You don’t want to keep feeding this trough here that people on the Hill seem to want to be at.
“[And] to the Republicans in the House and in the Senate, over this lame duck session you can be against a whole lot of things but you better start to be about something and for something, as well. Out party can’t just be in a position where we’re sitting back going ‘no to this, no to that, no to that’ without any explanation, number one, and without some alternative proposal to put on the table.”
ON THE EXPERIENCE HE WILL BRING TO THE RNC
“I bring a different experience to the table. I was a grassroots guy from day one. I started out here in my hometown of DC working the streets and knocking on doors. I then worked the central committee in Maryland, Prince George’s County. Became chairman of the party there for six years. State chairman. An elected official and lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. Now I’m chairing GOPAC, a national grassroots organization that’s geared toward training and electing Republican candidates. So I think I bring a host of different perspectives to the table. … I want to make our party relevant and I think the experience I bring to the table will help us do that. I’m tired of us sitting with our heads in the sand complaining and finger pointing. Let’s get up, pick ourselves up, go out here and engage the fight. I want to be the loyal opposition to this incoming administration.”