The Republican National Committee has elected former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele chairman, the first black person to fill the position.
Steele, a pro-life Catholic, fought against a moderate image, but advocated for electing moderates to be elected in the party.
"There are a lot of people who would join us and be a party of our efforts who are pro-choice but they love our message on money; they love our value system on family values, broadly speaking, so then how do we cross-appeal," Steele said in a December interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. "How do we make ourselves relevant to the 21st century electorate which is clearly of a different mindset on a host of issues?"1