January 30, 2009
Republican National Commitee Elects Michael Steele
The Republican National Committee has elected former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele chairman, the first black person to fill the position.
Steele, a pro-life Catholic, fought against a moderate image, but advocated for electing moderates to be elected in the party.
"There are a lot of people who would join us and be a party of our efforts who are pro-choice but they love our message on money; they love our value system on family values, broadly speaking, so then how do we cross-appeal," Steele said in a December interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. "How do we make ourselves relevant to the 21st century electorate which is clearly of a different mindset on a host of issues?"