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Jan 5, 2010 11:28 AM by Associated Press

GOP chief: Republicans 'screwed up' after Reagan

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele says the GOP has "screwed up" since the Ronald Reagan era.

In a new book, Steele says the party needs to acknowledge where, in his words, "we most glaringly compromised our principles" in the past decade.

Steele writes: "We must support Republican officials who assert these principles." Steele says when elected Republicans vote against GOP principles, "voters must withhold their support."

Among those he criticizes: both President Bushes and presidential nominee Senator John McCain.

To regain the public confidence, Steele says the GOP should expose what he calls the "reign of error" inherent in liberal policies, while explaining conservative solutions.

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