Steele Apologizes To Limbaugh, Praises His Leadership

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March 2, 2009 1:42 p.m.

In the new game of chicken between Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, the loser is…Michael Steele, who now says he never meant to diminish the voice and leadership of Limbaugh.

In an interview with the Politico, Steele said: “My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate…There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”

This comes after Limbaugh tore into Steele for declaring on CNN that Rush isn’t a leader of the Republican Party, but is an “entertainer” whose rhetoric is “incendiary” and “ugly.”

“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” said Steele. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently.”

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