Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday he believes the GOP will absolutely win back the House in November an abrupt about-face from his position last week when he said he doubted Republicans could take control.When asked on NBCs Meet the Press if he now believes the GOP will reclaim the majority this fall, Steele said, Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. At the rate were going now were going to take back Congress and Democrats wont have a 60-seat majority in the Senate.The firm predictions come in stark contrast to his comments less than a week ago.During an interview on Fox News on Monday, Steele said not this year when asked whether the GOP could win the House in November. His remarks angered many Republicans who launched blistering attacks on the RNC chairmans competency as a party leader.Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor and 2006 Senate candidate, has largely dismissed his critics out of hand telling them to deal with it or to shut up. Im a passionate guy, I am a passionate leader of this party I grew up here on the streets of D.C. and at 17 decided to become a Republican, Steele said, arguing that his anger last week was prompted by what he believes is an abandonment of the partys core conservative principles by some of his critics.I get angry sometimes when we walk away from those principles, he said, adding that, I think overall, Im doing OK.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.