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Michael Steele won't confirm or deny O'Donnell has classified information on China

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele appeared Tuesday on MSNBC, where he discussed with host Lawrence O'Donnell the minimum wage and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's 2006 claim that she had classified information about China's plans to take over America.

Steele refused to confirm or deny that the Delaware Republican was telling the truth. Following are excerpts from the interview on "The Last Word," which airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday:

O'Donnell: Michael, you know she's lying about the classified information, right? I mean, reassure the country. 'Christine's lying about it, she doesn't have any classified information, don't worry.'
Steele: Do you know that, Lawrence? Do you know that?
O'Donnell: Is it legal for her to have classified information?
Steele: Let me ask the question, do you know that for sure?
O'Donnell: I know it to an absolute certainty.
Steele: Then produce your evidence and invite me back on the program to talk about it.

The MSNBC host also asked Steele about the minimum wage -- specifically whether he supported the position of some tea-party-backed Republicans, such as U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller in Alaska, who claim the federally-mandated wage limit is unconstitutional and should be repealed:

Steele: Look Lawrence, stop the trap-playing here. The reality of it is -- that is not the most paramount issue that voters out there are facing. When you've lost your job, whether you know what the minimum wage is or not is not relevant, you're trying to get a job back. And that's the debate the nation has been engaged in for over the last year. That's the reality that people are facing right now every single day. ...
So the debate that candidates need to have with the people of this country and amongst themselves is, what are we going to do to stimulate job growth, what are we going to do to empower small business owners? And that's the nature of the debate. Whether the minimum wage is $7 or $10 or whatever it happens to be in whatever part of the country you live in, the fact is if you don't have a job, that number is irrelevant until you get one.
O'Donnell: Well, the minimum wage is not t $7 or $10, but let's move on to jobs.
Steele: That'll be your headline: "Steele doesn't know what the minimum wage is."

By Emi Kolawole  | October 5, 2010; 8:10 PM ET
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How could Christine O'Donnell even be in the same room with Classified Information, and why just the one piece, and what room.

Christin O'Donnell is as nutty as a fruit cake.

Michael Steele was just cracking wise, as usual -- no substance. He's saying the same things the rest of the GOP is saying, that they need to come up with a plan.

Seems like they are still making plans to come up with a plan and don't have a clue of where to begin.

The fact is, Republicans are going to keep doing the same things the same way they've always been doing things, and just hoping for a different result.

Nuts.

Posted by: lindalovejones | October 6, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I missed this interview program.

Dumb questions and even dumber answers.

Is Steele the best the Republican party can do?

Posted by: janye1 | October 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

With what just came out on the republicans obtaining money from China, Saudi Arabia, etc. for their campaigns under the new SCOTUS ruling on donations...maybe she was onto something. Steele made an idiot of himself last night---tap dancing all over the place. Loved it when Lawrence asked him "how the republicans would change anything if they were going to have the same policies that are still in place and that haven't changed anything"...of course Steele had no answer.

Posted by: Sherry91 | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris O'Donelle may have acquired her sectret knowledge through mental telepathy. Using mental telepathy is now crime, at least not yet.

Posted by: jake555 | October 6, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Chris O'Donelle may have acquired her sectret knowledge through mental telepathy. Using mental telepathy is now crime, at least not yet.

Posted by: jake555 | October 6, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Chris O'Donelle may have acquired her sectret knowledge through mental telepathy. Using mental telepathy is now crime, at least not yet.

Posted by: jake555 | October 6, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Steele: The angry magic negro. Tap dance for us, boy.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

If the info was that important (or real):
She would already be dead.

It is no secret that China and their minions in Washington intend to destroy our economy.
They will defeat us without firing a shot.
You union organizers can stop this by going to China and unionizing them.

Their wages will go up and we will be more competitive.

Posted by: rexreddy | October 6, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

If the info was that important (or real):
She would already be dead.

It is no secret that China and their minions in Washington intend to destroy our economy.
They will defeat us without firing a shot.
You union organizers can stop this by going to China and unionizing them.

Their wages will go up and we will be more competitive.

Posted by: rexreddy | October 6, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

AMERICAN CORPORATION HAVE MADE CHINA

SENT JOBS AND TECHKNOWAGE AND TRAINED THEM

CHINA IS TRAINED BY AMERICANS

PUT TRILLIONS OF USA DOLLARS INTO CHINA ECCONOMY EAXPAYER DOLLARS

IF IT WAS A FOOTBALL GAME YOU GIVE THE CHINESE TEAM THE GAME PLAN AND THEN TRY TO BEAT THEM

Posted by: theoldmansays | October 6, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

AMERICAN CORPORATION HAVE MADE CHINA

SENT JOBS AND TECHKNOWAGE AND TRAIN THEM

CHINA IS TRAINED BY AMERICANS

PUT TRILLIONS OF USA DOLLARS INTO CHINA ECCONOMY

IF IT WAS A FOOTBALL GAME YOU GIVE THE CHINESE TEAM THE GAME PLAN AND THEN TRY TO BEAT THEM

Posted by: theoldmansays | October 6, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Why bother to appear on a show where the host has an agenda to discredit you? All information on China domination has been classified by some faceless uneducated bureaucrat who decides on what is a national security. As to the minimum wages they are wrong and unconstitutional. They prevent people in entry level positions from moving on. There are some excellent thesis written on both sides of the issue. Just remember what the workers in Cuba say; they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.

Posted by: solow46 | October 6, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Why bother to appear on a show where the host has an agenda to discredit you? All information on China domination has been classified by some faceless uneducated bureaucrat who decides on what is a national security. As to the minimum wages they are wrong and unconstitutional. They prevent people in entry level positions from moving on. There are some excellent thesis written on both sides of the issue. Just remember what the workers in Cuba say; they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.

Posted by: solow46 | October 6, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

A case of the blind misleading the blind. Or dancing without the stars. Can anyone defend that this was an actual interview, or even a conversation?

Posted by: seamus449 | October 6, 2010 4:15 AM | Report abuse

I also have classified information that the Chinese will be supported in their world domination bid by a resurgence of Atlantis. No, it's true. What, you don't believe me? Well, back up your disbelief with EVIDENCE. Until then, you KNOW I'm right.

Nyah nyah nyah.

Posted by: qimugtua | October 5, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Republicans find all questions to be traps.

It seems quite appropriate to send the FBI to talk to Christine O'Donnell about the classified information she says she received and where she got it from. This would have been during the Bush Administration.

Don't conservatives want to know who during the Bush Administration was leaking highly classified information? Christine O'Donnell is alleging a crime has been committed. Is that person above the law?

Posted by: James10 | October 5, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

To say that O'Donnell is a 'dim bulb' while talking to Steele is a real stretch. Steele is by far the dimmer bulb in this conversation. Besides that, what Steele said is nonsense and he knows it.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | October 5, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm not Steele's biggest fan but my heavens why is he wasting his time talking to Lawrence O'Donnell? There may be a dimmer bulb that Lawrence O'Donnell but it is not obvious who that might be.

Posted by: gun313 | October 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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