Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Steele says Republican Party will "embrace" Tea Partiers

The Republican Party will "embrace" the grassroots conservative and libertarian activists of the tea party movement, the Republican National Committee chairman says. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, appearing today on "Fox and Friends," said the movement "puts in stark relief where the American people are" and asserted it's important for the GOP to "understand this so that we can move towards it, embrace it, and then move into the future."

The moderate-conservative Republican credited the wins of Republican gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey last year on the movement of the GOP toward the positions of the tea party backers, saying, "I think it's what you saw in special elections that have been held since early 2009, where Republicans have won a significant number of special elections." The GOP leader predicted that as the mid-term November 2010 elections approach, it will be "one of those moments where we can crystallize that new foundational support for our principles and tie it" to Republican positions on such issues as healthcare and organized labor.
From UPI via Booker Rising

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