Michael Steele: RNC speakers self-centered
By: Tim Mak
August 31, 2012 08:37 AM EDT
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele expressed consternation Friday over self-centered speeches at the Republican National Convention, suggesting that they took attention away from what should be the main attraction: Mitt Romney.
“One of the distractions, quite frankly, in this whole narrative week was everyone talking about themselves and not Mitt Romney,” said Steele on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The campaign signing off on this in speeches that had, the first 20 minutes in some cases, and Mitt Romney’s name is not mentioned.”
The speeches were “about the individual who is speaking as opposed to coming on the stage and laying down the lead on this man, and why they are standing there fighting and supporting him,” Steele added.
Meanwhile, Obama chief political strategist David Axelrod made a similar point, disparaging the convention as “open-mic night for 2016 candidates,” rather than promoting Romney.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is the speech that most readily comes to mind, responded NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.
“Look, the specific one was Chris Christie, that’s the shining example,” said Todd. “I had somebody say, ‘if you over-edit Christie, then he’s no longer Christie.”