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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."

By John Wagner  |  September 22, 2008; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections , John Wagner  
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McCain wins the practice debate!

Posted by: tjh | September 22, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess the McCaniacs think we all look, act and think alike.


Posted by: We Be Brothers | September 22, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ridiculous | September 22, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, doesn't the GOP have more than one Black fellow? Steele has quite some job security there. He should know he's getting used.

Posted by: Donny | September 22, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What a horrible choice!

Michael Steele is capable of speaking without a teleprompter, which puts him leagues ahead of Barack Hussein Obamam!

McCain is going to be so seriously overprepared, he'll whip Obama so soundly that he might create some sympathic support for the big-eared loser.

Posted by: Rufus | September 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If Steele doesn't use a teleprompter, its because he has nothing to say. He's no more than another GOP mouthpiece - but it seems he is the only Black man in their party. Sadly, it is beginning to look like Senator McCain does not have much to say either. I really feel ashamed for both of them and I hope McCain does not dishonor or deflate himself too much during the debate.

Posted by: Donny | September 23, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Somebody forgot to tell Steele to let the old guy win. McCain just officially bailed on the Debate Friday. How bad could the rehearsal have gone?

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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