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article imageMichael Steele rules out 2012 presidential candidacy

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By Oliver VanDervoort     Feb 1, 2010 in Politics
When Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appeared on ABC News he was asked whether he was considering running for President in 2012. His answer was an unequivocal 'no'.
"Come on, don't ask me that," RNC Chair Michael Steele responded when he was asked about his intentions for 2012.
"In all honest-to-good seriousness, that is such silly Washington talk. It's just not even on my mind," Steele said when asked whether if those intentions included a run for the White House.
"Let me tell you where my head and heart are," Steele added. "I'm a guy who thought it important to say, 'Put me in coach.' And when I help the party return to a governing majority, a stronger GOP, a party that really understands what it's about and what it believes in and is willing every day to go out there and fight for it."
Steele's announcement that he won't run for President isn't too surprising considering he'll have an uphill battle simply to win another term as chairman of the RNC.
When he was asked whether he would put an extra effort into avoiding the verbal slip ups that have occasionally brought heat down on his office, Steele responded, "Oh, no. Accidents happen, baby."
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