Confusion over canceled Steele spot

Confusion abounded Friday over the actions of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele after he abruptly canceled an interview with ABC News.

Steele canceled an appearance on ABC's "Top Line" webcast 30 minutes beforehand, one of the program's anchors, Rick Klein, said on Twitter.

Steele canceled, Klein said, due to an "emergency meeting" at RNC headquarters, news that prompted speculation on Twitter as to what that meeting might be.

But an RNC spokesperson denied shortly afterward that there was any emergency meeting at the headquarters, though the spokesperson said it was unclear why Steele canceled.

Steele is in the midst of a media tour to promote his new book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which the ABC appearance had been set up to promote. The tour to promote the book is being handled separately from the RNC's communications efforts.

But the RNC chairman has suffered some public relations hiccups during the past week's book tours after having said that Republicans were unlikely to win back control of Congress. That comment, along with a few other minor gaffes, led House and Senate Republican staffers to reportedly caution RNC officials to rein in the party chairman.

(Update, 1:58 p.m.: ABC later tweeted the RNC did, in fact, have a noon meeting. However, the network said it was not an "emergency meeting," as Steele initially said.)

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room

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