*RNC chairman Michael Steele has made his first public comments since his wildly erroneous statement that the war in Afghanistan is “of Obama’s choosing,” and “not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”

Two Republican lawmakers and several prominent conservative media figures called on Steele to leave his post for raising doubts about the Afghanistan war that the GOP supports.

“Every time something happens, people say ‘he should step down,” Steele said at an appearance with the Colorado Republican Party.

“The reality is that’s not happening, so stop the noise on that,” he said. “You don’t need the distraction. We’re focused on winning. I ain’t going anywhere. I’m here, I’m here. Look, we have too much work to do.”

Despite the pressure to step down, Steele earlier this week was seen as likely to survive the outrage. Observers said it would be almost impossible to force a party chairman out just four months before the midterm elections.