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January 8th, 2010
03:42 PM ET

GOP aides clash over Michael Steele

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Peter Hamby
CNN

GOP tempers flared during a routine conference call when House and Senate leadership aides confronted Republican National Committee staffers over recent comments by party chairman Michael Steele.

At issue was Steele's prediction earlier this week during his nationwide book tour that the Republican Party would not take back the House in November - comments that infuriated Republican strategists on Capitol Hill, who decided to broach the topic during the Wednesday call.

The dispute - first reported by Hotline On Call - occurred on a daily strategy call with aides from Republican leadership offices in the House and Senate, along with RNC officials.

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