The Hill reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was on a radio show and asked about the GOP could reach out to African-American voters.? And here’s what transpired:

MARTIN: But your candidates got to talk to them. One of the criticisms I’ve always had is Republicans — white Republicans — have been scared of black folks.
STEELE: You’re absolutely right. I mean I’ve been in the room and they’ve been scared of me. I’m like, “I’m on your side” and so I can imagine going out there and talking to someone like you, you know, [say] “I’ll listen.” And they’re like “Well.” Let me tell you. You saw in Christie and you saw in McDonnell a door open because they went in and engaged. McDonnell was very deliberate about spending…


Nothing helps your African-American outreach like admitting that your party has trouble accepting any African-American as a legitimate leader.

Although Steele has never been asked to produce his birth certificate.

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