02/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP's Steele Finally Speaks: "Magic Negro" Hurt Party

Last month, the Hill reported that RNC chairman candidate Chip Saltsman sent out a Christmas greeting that contained a CD with the song "Barack the Magic Negro" on it. Several of Saltsman's opponents were "shocked and appalled," calling the move "in bad taste." However, as the Hill later noted, "surprisingly," the two African-American candidates for RNC chair -- Ken Blackwell and Micheal Steele -- had "been the easiest on Saltsman."

Today, the candidates debated the future of the Party at the National Press Club and all agreed that the GOP needs to bring in more minorities. But in an interview with ThinkProgress after the debate, Steele said that Saltsman is detracting from this effort. He strongly criticized Saltsman's decision to send out the "Magic Negro" song, saying "it doesn't help at all" the GOP's effort to bring in minorities to the party:

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