"I am proud of Barack as an African-American but I am doing everything in my power to defeat him," said Mr Steele, who has previously urged the community not to get caught up in the glamour of the first black nominee. "I disagree with him on everything: health care, taxes, the war, the environment, you name it.
"Let's be fair and honest, he is a great speaker. But what changes for me as a black man if he wins this election? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
What changes for me as an American? Everything, because his philosophy will harm my business, my family and me personally."