White House: Steele's Problem "Isn't the Race Card, It's the Credit Card"

RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Michael Steele

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded today to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's assertion that black politicians are given less room for error in their positions, calling Steele's remark "silly."

On ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning, Steele said it's true that both he and the president are afforded less room for mistakes.

"It just is," he said. "Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play, and that's just the reality of it. But you take that as a part of the nature of it."

Asked about Steele's comments, Gibbs said today that Steele's problem "isn't the race card, it's the credit card."

The RNC spent more money than it raised in most months over the past year and has been criticized for some recent expenses, like the reimbursement of a night at a topless club. Steele pointed out this morning he has used the committee money to win long-shot races like the Senate special election in Massachusetts.