A defiant Michael Steele defends his tenure at RNC, says he may run for second term

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Friday, November 5, 2010; 5:11 PM

In a contentious roundtable with reporters three days after his party's historic midterm win, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pushed back forcefully against criticism of his leadership at the committee over the past two years and hinted that he may be running for another two-year term. "My hope is that folks still believe I still have something to contribute," Steele told reporters at the committee's headquarters in Washington. "And that's a decision that I have to make first, and when I do, I'll let you know." Steele's remarks came during a question-and-answer session after a lengthy presentation in which the chairman and GOP pollster Frank Luntz argued that the RNC played a key role in shaping the party's wins on Tuesday. Steele has been sharply criticized by those both inside and outside the GOP establishment. Critics say the RNC has misspent millions of dollars and failed to properly


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