Steele: Moderates Are Welcome To Join GOP — But Not To Change It

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Michael Steele has an interesting message for moderates, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. During a news conference at the Wisconsin GOP convention on Friday, Steele said moderates are welcome to join the Republican Party — but not to change it.

“All you moderates out there, y’all come. I mean, that’s the message,” Steele said. “The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your name on the front.”

But, he added: “Understand that when you come into someone’s house, you’re not looking to change it. You come in because that’s the place you want to be.”He also had tough words about Arlen Specter’s support for the stimulus. “That vote on the stimulus bill was the effectiveness of a party call,” he said. “That was a stand-up moment for every Republican … And so, you voted yourself out of the party. We didn’t kick you out.”

Hmm. Does Steele think that Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins from Maine, the two remaining pro-stimulus Republicans, voted themselves out of the party, too?

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