Steele: GOP should reach out to supporters of gay rights, abortion
David Edwards and Jeremy Gantz
Published: Sunday February 1, 2009

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Nearly three months after stinging losses at the polls, the Republican Party is starting to seem a bit more like the Democratic Party.

The newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, the first African-American ever to hold that position, says his party must do a better job of courting candidates and voters who support gay marriage and are pro-choice.

"I think that's an important opportunity for us, absolutely. Within our party we do have those who have that view," Michael Steele told Fox's Chris Wallace Sunday morning.

Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, was elected chairman of his party on Friday, after six rounds of voting.

His victory incensed former Republican Louisiana State Representative (and former Ku Klux Klan member) David Duke, who called Steele a "racist."

"I am glad these traitorous leaders of the Republican Party appointed this Black racist, affirmative action advocate to the head of the Republican party," Duke told a Washington Post reporter.

"This will lead to a huge revolt among the Republican base. As a former Republican official, I can tell you that millions of rank-and-file Republicans are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore! We will either take the Republican Party back over the next four years or we will say, “To Hell With the Republican Party!”

Steele said Sunday morning that he's "not in the mood" to have people stand in the way of changing the party. "My goal is to move this party forward. We're in the business of winning elections," he said.

This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 1, 2009.

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