Steele Playing Obama In Debate Prep
Michael S. Steele, Maryland's former Republican lieutenant governor and failed U.S. Senate candidate, is reportedly playing a prominent role in the presidential race this week: that of Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
The Wall Street Journal reports that Steele is playing the Democratic nominee in preperation with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in advance of Friday's first debate.
As The Journal puts it: "Mr. Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and a prominent black Republican, will play Sen. Obama and use many of his speaking patterns, tactics and body language."
Since losing his 2006 Senate election to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Steele's profile in national Republican circles has soared.
Steele now heads GOPAC, an organization that recruits GOP candidates across the country. He also delivered a memorable speech in St. Paul at the Republican National Convention in which he encouraged Americans to "drill, baby, drill."
September 22, 2008; 10:25 AM ET
Categories: 2008 Elections , John Wagner
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