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GOP catfight: Michael Steele ready to beat on Reince Priebus

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The catfight between former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and his replacement, Reince Priebus, has reached screech level, with Steele belittling the party's new focus on minorities as old news.

Appearing on the "Andrea Tantaros Show," a nationally syndicated radio show, Steele said the GOP's $10 million minority outreach effort ignored his plan instituted four years ago and was the latest example of a bloated party apparatus.

Steele also sounded ready to beat up Priebus. Asked by Tantaros who would win in a cage fight, Steele said, "Oh, no question, I would clean his clock." How? "Just one knock on the head. It's done."

The Steele-Priebus battle is, in a way, a repeat of their 2011 duel for the RNC chairmanship. Steele didn't have the votes and pulled out, clearing the way for Priebus, a former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman.

In the interview, provided to Secrets, Steele sneered at the new RNC outreach and 50-state strategy, calling it a copy of what he did years ago.

What's more, he said that the current Republican Party is bloated. "The bottom line is you've got to to be focused on what the purpose and the role of the party is. The national party is too big for its own britches right now. It's centered around itself."

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