Steele: I Scare White Republicans

RNC chair says he sees it in meetings
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 12:32 PM CST
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and National Republican Party chairman Michael Steele share a laugh during a rally at a diner in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Rack up another gaffe for Michael Steele. The Republican National Committee chair has been trying to improve his party’s relationship with minority voters, but he may have been a little too honest in a recent interview with NewsOne's Roland Martin. Martin suggested that white Republicans were "scared" of African Americans, to which Steele responded, "You're absolutely right. I mean I've been in the room and they've been scared of me. I'm like, "I'm on your side.'"