Michael Steele is a man I have admired since first hearing him three years ago when he addressed the Republican Advance. Former Lt. Governor of Maryland, he is a conservative leader whose background proves the American dream is there for anyone who wants to work hard enough to achieve it. Born and raised in the projects, he became the first college graduate in his family when he received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Georgetown University.
Steele went on to become Maryland's first statewide elected African-American when he became Lt. Governor ... and he has been able to spread his message of hope through hard work to many in the years since while working with Americans For Prosperity.
Addressing the "Defending the American Dream" summit in DC on Friday, where he received a rousing welcome, he reiterated that he believes in smaller government, reduced spending, and allowing tax payers to keep more of their hard-earned money.
He said our focus as Republicans has to be on winning. He lost his U.S. Senate bid in 2006 but he is not looking back ... and urged us not to look back either but, instead, set our eyes on the goal of winning in the future. Republicans, he said, should make the Bush tax cuts permanent and kill the death tax.
Looking out over the standing-room only packed ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel, Steele emphasized that the grassroots are the heart and soul of America.
Michael Steele ... look for him to do great things in the future ... a leader to make Republicans proud.