GOP's Steele Says He And Obama Are Judged Differently Because They're Black : The Two-Way "Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group's excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have...
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GOP's Steele Says He And Obama Are Judged Differently Because They're Black

On ABC-TV's Good Morning America today, "embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group's excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race," the network reports.

"Barack Obama has a slimmer margin," Steele said. "A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play and that's just the reality of it. But you just take that as a part of the nature of it."

As the Associated Press adds:

Asked ... if he would step down in the face of criticism of the party's financial management, Steele replied, "No." He said some had been second-guessing him "since the day that I got the job."

Steele, however, acknowledged controversy over the $2,000 the party spent recently for a party at a sex-themed Hollywood nightclub, but said that "when I first heard about this behavior, I was very angry."

Let's put it to the group:

We'll keep the question open for two days.

And here is the video of Steele's appearance on GMA:

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET: NPR's Don Gonyea tells us that at the White House this morning, spokesman Robert Gibbs said of Steele's suggestion about race playing a factor that it was "a fairly silly comment to make."

"Michael Steele's problem isn't the race card; it's the credit card," Gibbs added.