GOP chairman sees groundswell for party

Oct. 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Republican Chairman Michael Steele predicted Sunday that "a vibration out here that is unlike anything I've ever seen before" will carry the GOP to victory.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Gregory, he predicted Republicans may take both houses of Congress because "the voters are tired of the fact that the federal government has not listened to them over the past two years, has moved in its own direction at its own rhythm, and they want to pull back on that."

Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee, dismissed complaints from President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about campaign spending by Republican-allied groups.

"Don't give me this high-and-mighty, you know, holier-than-thou attitude about about special interests flooding, flooding the political marketplace. The Democrats have been dabbling in those areas," he said.

He said he believes outside groups are complying with campaign laws, but "if you have evidence to the contrary, produce it. Otherwise, put up or shut up."

But Steele added, "I am absolutely all for transparency. I think it's an appropriate part of the system. It instills the trust that people have in the system."

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