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'I Ain't Going Nowhere,' RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says

Michael Steele, the head of the GOP, was in Greenwood Village, Colorado yesterday, to open the Colorado Republican Party's new headquarters there.

According to The Denver Post's Sarah Horn, Steele addressed calls for his resignation, following remarks he made to a group of donors in Connecticut last week.

"I ain't going nowhere," he said. "We have too much work to do; we have too much work to do."

Last Thursday, Steele called the conflict in Afghanistan "a war of Obama's choosing."

"This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in," he said. "It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be Afghanistan."

Well, if he's such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that's the one thing you don't do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?

Since then, several prominent conservatives have called for Steele to step down: Erick Erickson, founder of RedState.com; Liz Cheney, chairwoman of the conservative group Keep America Safe, and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney; Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK); and William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, who asked the RNC chairman to do "an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party."

"The reality of it is, that's not happening," Steele said. "So stop the noise on that."

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