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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time to Say Goodbye, Michael Steele

Michael Steele clearly doesn't understand that his role is not to espouse policy, but to rebuild the Republican Party, raise funds, and repair a state primary sysytem that permits Democrats to choose Republican nominees. We thought his days were numbered with his stupid comments about Rush Limbaugh. The following story only points up the urgency to fill the RNC chair with a media-wise, party professional. Besides, these gaffes divert too much attention away from the nation's Gaffemaster, Joe Biden.

From LifeNews.com

New national Republican Party chairman Michael Steele has gotten himself in hot water with pro-life advocates for softening his pro-life views and then issuing a statement saying he hasn't backed down on abortion. The misstep is the latest Steele gaffe that has some calling for his resignation. Steele has taken a pro-life position in the past and has been endorsed by pro-life groups for his various political races -- including running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
However, in an interview with GQ, Steele said he thought women have, according to the interviewer, a "right to choose abortion." "Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice," he said. "Yeah. Absolutely." In comments to the news web site Politico, Steele reaffirmed his pro-life views, and said his comments to GQ don't take back from his position supporting a Human Life Amendment. "I am pro-life, always have been, always will be," he said. Steele said his comments were awkward and that he "tried to present why I am pro life while recognizing that my mother had a 'choice' before deciding to put me up for adoption."

Full story at LifeNews.com

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