Michael Steele's interview with GQ provides a lot of insight into the man who left the Catholic seminary to become a politician. The new RNC chair has been getting mixed reviews from his fellow Republicans. His somewhat unorthodox stance on abortion, which he shares in this interview, might not go over too well with the GOP faithful. Here are some highlights from the lengthy interview:
- On abortion: The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.
- On whether a woman should have a right to choose abortion: Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
- On why Roe v. Wade was still a bad decision: The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.
- On whether he ever voted for a Democrat: Oh yeah. Absolutely.
To see what Steele had to say about homosexuality, working with Democrats, and how Obama dismissed an invitation from him a few years ago,
- On whether homosexuality is a choice: Oh, no. I don’t think I’ve ever really subscribed to that view, that you can turn it on and off like a water tap. Um, you know, I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that, uh, you just can’t simply say, oh, like, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being gay.” It’s like saying, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black.”
- On trying to get to know Obama after he became senator His office told my staff they didn’t see any need for the two of us to meet. So I’m like, “Oh-kay. All right. I don’t know what that’s all about, but that’s fine.”
- On common ground: Economic recovery — that’s the common ground.