Michael Steele: 'Yeah, I get a little bit hot headed' 

In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said he has "absolutely not" thought of resigning over conflicts within the GOP. "No, absolutely not," Steele told host Chris Wallace. "I've got the base fired up."

Steele also backed away from his statement earlier this week that the Republican Party will not win the House in November. "We're ready," Steele said. "Trust me." Steele also apologized for not letting top Republican officials know that he was writing a book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda. "I thought that they had been notified," Steele said. "For that I apologize -- I was not trying to blindside anybody."

Steele addressed questions over when he wrote the book. "The book was written in 2008," he said. When Wallace noted that the book is filled with references to events that occurred in 2009, Steele explained that after the book's original publication date was delayed, he updated it to cover 2009 events.

When asked about intemperate comments he has made in recent days, most of them directed toward his fellow Republicans, Steele said, "I'm very passionate about what I do…I'm very passionate about winning. I bring that to the table, and yeah, I get a little bit hot headed."

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