The Case Against Michael Steele (RedState)
"I strongly support affirmative action" - Michael Steele (The Washington Post, October 30, 2006)
"You draw the line. I mean, what do you need an assault weapon for?" - Michael Steele (Washington Post, October 14, 2006)
"We have to elect moderates in the party." - Michael Steele (CBN News, December 8, 2008)
Led commitment to $70M in grants to minority-owned business
"As Lieutenant Governor, Steele chaired a 17-member task force devoted to reforming Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), which works to provide more opportunities for minority-owned small businesses and further spur job growth and economic vitality. Steele led the way in committing almost $70 million in grants and loan guarantees to strengthen and encourage Maryland's small and minority-owned businesses." - Press Release, "Black-Owned Business Growth" Apr 18, 2006
"I support the current system and improvements to the current system, keeping in mind that while we have done very well in affirmative action at our universities across this country, I look at our boardrooms across the country, I look at NBC, CNBC, Fox, all these stations, all the corporate, corporate companies-and I don't see affirmative action necessarily being practiced there when I look at the management, when I look at the leadership, when I look at those who have a decision-making role." - Michael Steele (2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press, October, 2006)
"Q: Are federal affirmative action programs necessary and effective?
A: Studies show enormous disparities still exist in education, healthcare, employment and economic opportunities along racial lines in the United States. I believe programs are still necessary to help close these divides. I support giving people opportunities. Programs must be fair to all Marylanders - of every color - and they should focus on economic empowerment." - Michael Steele (Baltimore Sun Survey, August, 2006)
"Q: Do you think the time for affirmative action is past?
A: Absolutely not. We're just beginning to rediscover what we should be doing with affirmative action. Don't look at our universities. We got that. Let's look at our boardrooms, let's look at the management structure." - Michael Steele (The Examiner, "Power of the individual", April, 2006)