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Good Morning America: Who’s afraid of Michael Steele?

Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chairman

One of the most senior African American politicians and first black Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has commented that racism in his party leaves him a ‘slimmer margin of error’ than that enjoyed by his white counterparts. He was speaking during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.

A comment that will surprise many in his own party – he compared his own position as a high profile black Republican with that of President Obama.

‘Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. We all — a lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play, and that’s just the reality of it.’

The vitriolic and often racist attacks on President Obama by Republicans led by the Tea Party movement during the Presidents Health Care campaign have led some to believe that Steele has become much more aware of the racism in his own party.

This is not the first time Steele has spoken out. In response to a question put to him by US TV One’s host Roland Martin “white Republicans have been scared of black folks,” Steele replied, “You’re absolutely right.” Steele continued, “I’ve been in the room, and they’ve been scared of me. I’m like, I’m on your side.”

Steele’s position may now come under threat as his comments hit home and seem to confirm Democratic Party criticisms charging the Republican Party with harboring out and out racists. With the President new bi- partisan approach having increasing appeal it’s rumored that if Steele comes under heavy criticism from his own part he may walk the Congress floor.

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