04/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Steele Discusses Hard-Partying Past, Getting Kicked Out Of College (VIDEO)

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele treated CNN viewers on Sunday to another premeditated moment of candid weirdness.

Steele told CNN's Don Lemon that he was doing some serious partying when Johns Hopkins University gave him the boot his freshman year.

"I got kicked out of school when I was a freshman at Hopkins," Steele said. "They were like, 'I'm sorry, this isn't gonna work.'"

Steele said he was terrified of his mother's disapproval and that he pleaded every day with a dean to be let back in the school. Asked if he was partying, Steele answered with gusto.

"Was I partying? Absolutely! Absolutely!" Steele said. "I was like 'Look at her. Hey, what's up!' I was doing the whole thing."

Steele, who attended a monastery after college, told Lemon that he's a big believer in second chances.

"Everyone at some point has some thing or some circumstance in which they want to redeem themselves."

Drop us a note if you attended school with Steele, we'd love to hear some stories.


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