Michael Steele: 'I've Made Mistakes'

RNC chief tells half-empty room he wants to 'move on'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2010 5:50 PM CDT
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Saturday, April 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Michael Steele today sought to put to rest the recent troubles of himself and the Republican National Committee, reports Fox News. "I'm the first here to admit I've made mistakes, and it's been incumbent upon me to face facts, shoulder that burden, make the necessary changes—and move on," he told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. If Republicans keep pointing fingers at each other, they're falling for a Democratic "trap."

The speech "should at least for now, put this latest episode of self-inflicted injury behind" him, writes Mike Madden at Salon. He also notes that Steele got a standing ovation—"from, oh, at least a few dozen people." The ballroom was half-empty for Steele's speech, the final one of the conference. "Turns out the Republican National Committee chairman wasn't exactly a big draw (though the press rows were full, and cameras were rolling)."

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