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April 5th, 2010
03:28 PM ET

Steele says he has 'slimmer margin' for error

Steele: 'slimmer margin for error.'

Steele: 'slimmer margin for error.'

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended his leadership of the organization amid recent reports he has engaged in excessive spending, and says he has a "slimmer margin for error" because he is African-American.

"Barack Obama has a slimmer margin," Steele said in an interview on ABC's 'Good Morning America.' "We all – a lot of folks do. I mean, it's a different role for me to play and others to play. And that's just the reality of it. It's more of because you're not somebody they know. I am not a Washington insider even though I grew up in DC. My view of politics is much more grassroots-oriented. It's not old-boy-network-oriented."

The interview was Steele's first since reports surfaced that the RNC paid for a night out at a risqué Hollywood nightclub. Steele has also come under criticism for the costs associated with his use of private jets, limousines, and five-star hotels.

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  1. Bette

    Can you please address the Republican 'camp' trip, The Bohemian Club? I understand in CA there are prostitues brought in. Or is this another 'secret' from the American people.

    April 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm |