- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 7, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said Saturday the GOP should focus on issues such as jobs and education and not on scare tactics.

Mr. Steele made the remarks to reporters before he gave a speech Saturday at a Shelby County, Tenn., Republican Party fundraiser.

Mr. Steele also said he has launched an internal review into why a 72-page Power Point presentation to GOP fundraisers in Florida last month included a direct call to exploit “extreme negative feelings” toward Democrats.

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The presentation depicted President Obama as “The Joker,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella De Vil and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Scooby Doo.

Mr. Steele said that the party doesn’t need to scare anyone into supporting Republicans financially or politically and that there’s no reason “to play boogeyman.”

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