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Steele speaks on other topics

March 16, 2005

During Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's stop at Washington County Technical High School, The Herald-Mail asked him about two topics unrelated to his visit.

· His possible U.S. Senate candidacy after Paul Sarbanes announced that we wasn't running again: "I'm a little bit disturbed that not several hours ... after the senator's announcement, there was all this ... jockeying for someone to come out of the chute who's going to replace him. ... Let's get a little bit of distance, so that we can all appreciate what a public servant is really like and he is genuinely a public servant. I respect the man too much to even entertain those questions at this time."

· Gov. Robert Ehrlich's order that state officials can't talk to two Baltimore Sun journalists because of criticism of the newspaper's coverage: "You have a right to ask me a question. I do not have an obligation to answer it. It's that simple. If I feel that your reporting of my words or my policies ... are not accurate ... you don't get a quote from me. You don't get my impression. And at the end of the day, that's the impression that matters the most, is the governor's or the lieutenant governor's. ...

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"I have other issues with the Baltimore Sun, too. This is the newspaper that said (in an editorial) I had nothing to offer the people of Maryland except the fact that I'm a black man. So, I really don't have much to say to the Baltimore Sun."

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