Challenged to explain his inconsistent view of the appropriate government role in health care, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele accused his interviewer of being "cute" and doing a "wonderful little dance."
In an exchange that grew testy quickly, Steele told NPR Thursday morning that there was nothing contradictory about accusing the president of raiding Medicare while also insisting that the government-run program is a financial failure.
And when host Steve Inskeep called Steele out for promoting government involvement in regulating the private health care insurance market, things grew heated - certainly by NPR standards - culminating in a frustrated Steele asking Inskeep "What don't you understand?"
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:30 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
One thing I think he needs to do is pay more attention to the fact that not everyone is a Dem or a Republican and he needs to address the 3rd party people and independants
Do you think he can do that with balance because of his being president of the RNC? Or is that really the smart way to go, including as many 3rd party voters into that "tent" as possible?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:36 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
Answer by gdiamante at 3:47 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
I think Steeles hands are tied. He may be the head of the RNC, but he speaks for a group and they have to be united on their message. The more I get into politics the more I am finding myself as an Independent. I am horridly disappointed in the spending Bush did while in office and horrified on a larger scale with what this administration plans to do / spend. Republicans and Democrats used to be different than they are now. Republicans used to be conservative, but I don't know what they are anymore. I am conservative on many fronts, but I am finding that nobody in DC is working for me, they are all working for their special interests. And if you don't have special interests, you don't go anywhere in politics.
Answer by QuinnMae at 6:26 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
but I am finding that nobody in DC is working for me, they are all working for their special interests. And if you don't have special interests, you don't go anywhere in politics
THATS the catch 22 in politics today! My uncle (VERY conservative) had this conversation this past weekend
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:34 PM on Aug. 27, 2009
Next question overall
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