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Michael Steele Chats About Choices in GQ

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.


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flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
the sad thing is that micheal steele is one of the best things to ever happen to the republican party and they dont even know it.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Being that abortion is one of the biggest issues for the Republican party, I find it surprising that they elected him as the head of their party before they even knew his position on it!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
It also reminded me of that Chris Rock bit about how white people always say Colin Powell is "well spoken".... gosh that was from forever ago.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
nya - not from you, but remember the post about Bush saying Obama speaks well and alllll sorts of people got all up in arms? CGs comment just reminded me of that. Mydia - good info! Though wtf, I thought Rush Limbaugh was supposed to be the "most high profile conservative" ;)
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I actually like a lot of what he's saying surprisingly
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Roarman, I'm pretty sure it used to be. I hope one day it will be again.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
" is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle..." I thought that not having government in peoples lives making choices for them was a very republican principle?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
really haus? you sure that CG will get into trouble with us people:oy: Come on now, comments like that are really irritating. I actually didn't see anything wrong with CG's comment till I read yours, it just made made me snicker. As for Michael Steele, I'm surprised by this interview, he doesn't sound like some of the republicans out there, sort of refreshing actually.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
I should clarify that I don't believe all of the politicians truly believe in their chosen religions (that seems a given).
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
"Can't religion be kept out of politics?" Not really. No matter what religion you are (atheism included), it's going to affect how you react to situations. It's going to have a difinitive impact on where you stand on every issue, political or otherwise. I know if I were a polotician, it would definitely affect my decisions.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"I wish Blackwell would re-read the Constitution. " Seriously, Mich!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"re-read the Bible" ? Seriously?! I agree - it's that mentality that I prefer to be kept out of politics! Not every member of the G.O.P. is a Christian. Not every member of the G.O.P. has to be Anti-Abortion.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Thanks for posting, Mydiadem. I wish Blackwell would re-read the Constitution.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
mydia - I don't think religion and politics will ever be seperate... as much as they should be. I actually like what Steele is saying too. It's almost refreshing.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Here it comes (this is from CNN) Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, arguably the most high profile conservative to weigh in on the matter, said Steele's subsequent clarification "doesn't explain why he would ever say what he did in the first place." "For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it's a violation of the most basic of human rights–the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Huckabee wrote in an entry on his Web site. In the GQ interview, Steele called abortion an "individual choice" and said the matter should be left up to the states to decide. He later issued a statement saying he has always been pro-life. But Ken Blackwell, a former rival of Steele for the RNC chairmanship, told the conservative Web site that Steele needs to "re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform." Its Blackwell saying something like 're-read the Bible' that really deters me from the GOP. Can't religion be kept out of politics?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Carrie Sue, I agree. Every action is a decision to a degree.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
I don't think the feeling can be helped, but it's still a decision (I know that's getting off topic, but I couldn't help it :))
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I'm also glad that he doesn't subscribe to (what I see as) the ignorant view that homosexuality can be 'helped'.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
He's in hot water now, which is sad because I like a lot of what he is saying.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
watch out CG someone is going to call you racist for saying that
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
he is so .....articulate really.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I actually totally agree with Steele's position on abortion, but I'm surprised that's how he feels about it. I'm for abortion being legal (with restrictions, obviously), but I feel as if Roe v. Wade was completely out of line with the Constitution.
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