Michael Steele

Michael Steele is perhaps most famous for being the first black politician elected to an executive position in a statewide election in Maryland when he won the lieutenant governorship in 2002. In October of 2008, during the height of the U.S. presidential election, Professor Kerry L. Haynie, Associate Professor of political science and African and African-American Studies at Duke University, conducted an hour-long interview with Michael Steele. After a failed bid for the U.S. Senate, Steele served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009-2011, during which the RNC raised a record $198 million in fundraising funds and re-established its majority in the House. In this interview, Haynie centers his questions on Steele’s impressions of the upcoming presidential election, presidential candidate Barack Obama, his experiences as a black Republican in a historically white party, and the future of the GOP post election. The interview was annotated by Alan Ko.

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