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Perkins: At This Rate, GOP Will Become Big, Empty Tent

"I don't think what Michael Steele has been doing is beneficial to the Republican party if they're hoping to rebuild a majority," Perkins added. "I mean this kind of stuff - this just reinforces the belief that's held among many social conservatives that you've got one party that's hostile to their views, and one party that just gives them lip service. And I guess you know which is which."

Perkins reiterated that the question of whether Steele should resign if this keeps up is ultimately for the Republican Party to decide -- he's not involved with that, his focus is one the issues. But he did say this: "If they desire to have the support of social conservatives, or desire to be place where social conservatives can gather and identify and be politically engaged, then yeah, I think they gotta make some changes."

Perkins concluded: "If they want to be a big tent -- I'll put it this way -- if they want to be an empty big tent, then they just need to keep doing what they're doing."