Michael Steele: “The Future of the GOP and Our Democracy”
December 6, 2012
Over the past year leading up to the recent elections, many pundits and politicians framed the contest as a crossroads for our nation—a clear choice between two different paths for America. Six billion dollars and one election later, the United States is left with a status-quo government and a fresh set of challenging questions: What is the future of the Republican Party? Can our republic survive a two-party system? How can our leaders put politics aside and create an environment in Washington, D.C., that allows for bipartisanship and practical solutions to the serious issues we face?
It's a pleasure to be with you tonight. I want to say by way of introduction that I'm here because of Tony Marx. Not that he twisted my arm. I mean it in the broadest sense. I can testify that Tony didn’t start provoking 20-year-olds when he became president of Amherst; he provoked and and inspired 20-year-olds when HE was 20 years old. I've been grateful for that bond of friendship since we were roommates one summer in Cambridge nearly 30 years ago.