Steele Criticizes Obama For Not Holding A Health Care Summit Last Year...Which He Did

February 25, 2010 10:45 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," RNC Chairman Michael Steele dismissed today's bipartisan health care summit as a "dog and pony show." The beleaguered chairman added that if President Obama was serious about working across the aisle, he should have started off the reform process with a bipartisan event last year.  But, as hosts Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie quickly pointed out, Obama actually did hold a bipartisan summit last March:

STEELE: This whole dog and pony show that we're about to witness today is something that should have taken place a year ago, when the administration first came in last February and laid out its agenda for health care.  This is how you should have started it - bipartisan, public forum, CSPAN, your cameras rolling to capture this and to capture, most importantly, what the American people want.  And right now, they want us to start over, and I think we should. 

TODD: Chairman Steele, in fairness to them, I mean, it was a year ago that they actually had a summit.

GUTHRIE: On March 5th.

TODD: And it wasn't just the legislative leaders.  They brought in folks from the industry as well.  And that one was televised. So...does that one not count? I'm just curious. 

STEELE:  Well, apparently it didn't. Because we don't have health care. 

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Perhaps Steele's memory is fuzzy because on March 5th, when the summit was held, he was busy fending off calls for his resignation after a series of public gaffes


Update: Matt Corley has more.

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