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."
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.