*Speaking on MSNBC on Monday, Michael Steele said he brought African Americans into the GOP fold during his tenure as chairman of the Republican National Committee and predicted the new House majority will cooperate with President Obama on certain issues.
“What I tried to do [as chairman] was to broaden the landscape over which we could play, go into neighborhoods where we needed to be in, but hadn’t been in generations, and I think it made a difference,” he said, citing the election of African-American Reps. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Allen West (R-Fla.).
“I’m very happy with what we got done,” Steele added during an appearance on “Hardball.”
After host Chris Matthews noted he rarely saw groups of blacks congregating at Republican conventions, Steele agreed.
“We could have used a few more brothers in the house, there’s no doubt about that.”
Steele lost his bid for a second term as RNC chairman on Friday, with Reince Priebus emerging as the new party chief after seven rounds of balloting.
Steele also predicted the GOP House leadership will work with President Obama.
“I really believe they will run with him on certain issues,” he said.