Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending a GOP Internet ad
calling for the firing of Nancy Pelosi, saying he "tamed down" the accompanying image of the House Speaker surrounded by flames.
Steele was asked Tuesday by a CBS News
anchor whether the "Fire Pelosi" campaign was "a little bit extreme."
"The reality of it is I don't know why you're surprised," Steele replied. "Nancy Pelosi is the architect of the demise of one-sixth of our economy. She should be fired for her failure to serve the interests of the American people."
The ad sought to raise $1 million in the first 40 hours since the health care overhaul passed Sunday. The RNC met its goal Tuesday, the same day the president signed the bill into law, and money was still coming in, according to the Web site.
The money will go toward an effort to elect enough GOP lawmakers to force Pelosi to give up her gavel. The ad reminds Republicans that "40 Seats Means No More Madam Speaker."