Steele Says GOP Making a Comeback

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WASHINGTON - Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele says the apologizing for past mistakes is over and the GOP now must offer genuine solutions for the ailing country.

In remarks prepared for a speech today to state party heads, Steele says there's "no more looking in the rearview mirror" and that it's time to "focus all of our energies on winning the future."

Steele is seeking to re-establish himself as the head of the beleaguered party and set its course.

He's trying to lead a GOP that's out of power in the White House, Congress and a slew of statehouses.

The GOP is also in the midst of an intense debate over its identity while facing an emboldened Democratic Party that's grown larger under President Barack Obama.

Still, the GOP chairman claims the GOP's comeback is "well under way" in the states. 

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