April 5th, 2010
03:28 PM ET

Steele says he has 'slimmer margin' for error

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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 |