Skip to comments.DeMint Not Sold On Romney As 2012 Approaches (Also, DeMint Rules Himself OUT As 2012 Candidate)
Posted on 03/15/2010 3:55:23 PM PDT by TitansAFC
DeMint Not Sold On Romney As 2012 Approaches
Sen. Jim DeMint told CNN Monday that he isnt sure if he would endorse Mitt Romney for president if he decided to run.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, was one of Mitt Romney's top backers during the 2008 presidential campaign a key endorsement that helped the former Massachusetts governor boost his profile among conservatives.
But if Romney decides to run for president again in 2012, a prospect that seems likely, he might have to do so without DeMint's support.
DeMint told CNN Monday he isn't sure he'll endorse Romney this time around - even though Romney was recently in South Carolina raising money for the senator's re-election bid.
"Mitt is still near the top of my list of candidates, but I want to look and see who steps up to the plate," DeMint said after a fundraiser with Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio. "Frankly I think we need to wait until after the 2010 election to see what happens in Congress."
Asked to name some candidates he might support instead, DeMint pointed to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, marking the second time he has floated the fiscally conservative governor as a potential White House candidate.
"When I look at what he's doing in Indiana, it suggests that he can make hard decisions and he understands how to run things," DeMint said.
"By the next election, Americans are going to be looking for an accomplished leader who has a proven record, who can really get things done," he said. "I'm not sure that person has emerged yet. But there are a few on the horizon."
DeMint, who is up for a second term in November, also addressed speculation that he might want to lead the Republican ticket in 2012.
"I don't want to be president," DeMint told reporters. "The fact is, anyone who really wants to be president right now doesn't understand how much trouble we are in as a country.
"I think it's time we have a candidate for president who tells people the federal government has to do less not more," he explained. "I am not sure America is ready for that type of candidate but we need that kind of candidate right now."
1.) Jim DeMint not as solidly behind Romney as he was in 2008.
2.) Jim DeMint rules himself out as a potential 2012 candidate.
3.) Demint seems to imply he will back Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels if he runs.
Sounds like DeMint is not really conservative
Mitch Daniels is the ultimate Corporate Socialist.....sold the Indiana taxpayer built toll roads to a private company...jacked up rates on the tolls....which means Indiana residents have to pay more for goods because the transport companies pay higher tolls.
Daniels would be a bigger Corporate Socialist/Business Socialist than GWB.....you will get TARP 2 TARP 3 with Daniels....not a real conservative
Nana Not Sold On Romney As 2012 Approaches
FYI — not exactly a surprise.
Isn’t DeMint a favorite among the FR palin-haters?
“sold the Indiana taxpayer built toll roads to a private company”
sounds like capitalism to me.
Jim DeMint, what a RINO for endorsing Romney in 2008.
But in 2012, Romney is the worst possible candidate we could choose because healthcare (or more exactly, stopping healthcare) has become the central issue of the next campaign... the one issue Romney is weakest on.
We have to have a candidate in 2012 that was, is and always has been against government involvement in healthcare.
It doesn't sound like he is ruling himself out based on that statement. Jim DeMint for President.
But seriously folks. The two guys I supported in '08 were Thompson and Romney. I haven't ruled MR out in 2012, but I am undecided as to WHO I'd support in 2012.
I frankly do not think Sarah will run, choosing rather to be a power broker and/or spokesperson for the conservative wing of the conservative party. :)
I am disappointed DeMint isn't going for it...Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe are solid conservatives whom I like. I also like Bobby Jindal.
We'll just have to see. Besides, anyone who "has their mind made up" about supporting ONLY ONE candidate is spittin' in the wind.
I do know I won't vote for:
and I'd have to think long and hard about any elected Republican from the northeast--even though I like Judd Gregg and Scott Brown.
I’m sold on Romney...
Sold on the fact he is a flip-flopping, gay-loving, gun-grabbing, culture-of-death-supporting, big-government-loving liar with a penchant for dying his hair dark except for the temples...in other words he’s a phony baloney good time charley.
DeMint has to say he's not interested, since he's up for reelection this year.
I recall reading that he hired Amanda Carpenter recently as a press secretary.
DeMint is "splitting not just from Graham, but from Sanford and perhaps leading some of the Bush faction that doesn't want to go over to McCain," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. McCain "is not conservative enough for many of the conservative Republicans of South Carolina."
That's pretty cut and dry. In fact, that's about as cut-and-dry a statement on the issue as I've ever heard from a candidate. That's as much of a 100% ruling-out as there's ever been, and that's before the direct mention of guy(s) he would support in 2012.
Jim Demint is 100% not running for President in 2012. To believe otherwise now is on par with Ron Paul backers REALLY believing he'll win the primary - it's a denial of a reality.
This is great news. We need people like DeMint and Paul Ryan to remain in Congress. I don’t want a bunch of Senators and Congresscritters running for President like in 2008. Let our next presidential candidate be a Governor - and DeMint should start paying attention to the Palin speeches and her single-handedly trying to stop the Obama/Dem agenda. I don’t see Daniels criticizing Obama. In fact, Daniels has all the charisma of plywood.
IMO we really should be looking at good conservative governors for 2012. They have track records of executive experience & can make decisions.
Most importantly, they are from outside of the DC cesspool.
We have to remember that by the time 2012 gets here, we will have suffered through 3 more years of BO. Even though we can certainly slow it down if we get it right this November, it’s hard to even imagine what the country will be like after few more years of this.
Being an outsider could be a huge plus.
Yes but I thought he left Free Republic?
"Sarah Palin, interestingly, beat Mitch Daniels (who was also listed as a 2012 presidential candidate) by better than two-to-one."In his own state...
Oh yeah? You're forgetting Duncan Hunter, for whom FR was aflame at the time.
DeMint is obviously not a reliable conservative, because he cannot answer "No" to the "Are you now, or have you ever been, a Romney supporter"? query.
DeMint is on my short list, right alongside Palin and a couple of others.
I do like this guy.
"The fact is, anyone who really wants to be president right now doesn't understand how much trouble we are in as a country.
So anyone who says now that he/she really wants to be President doesn't understand how much trouble we are in as a nation. By implication, DeMint does understand how much trouble we are in, which is why he does not really want to be President now. DeMint has not ruled out being drafted or that he might change his mind after the mid terms.
At this point, it is foolish to believe that a politician has his mind made up about running for President or not. At a similar time before the 2008 election, Obama said that he was not experienced enough to run for President.
Not good for Daniels, not good at all!!!
The last time I was sold on Romney was when he was running for the Senate back in the 90’s
Daniels is just another RINO...and someone America does not need now or ever!
There is a BIIIIIIG difference between “I'm not running for President, I'm running to be Senator from South Carolina,” and “I don't want to be President (remember how we pounded Lautenberg for a similar statement in NJ?), being President right now is a death trap; you know who I would really like to see running, though? Mitch Daniels.”
The latter statement is as definitive as you get. He ain't running, at least not in 2012. It isn't happening.
DeMint's group has backed former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) over Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in Florida, and backed Chuck DeVore over Carly Fiorina in California.
DeMint is one of the few Reps who has actively and strongly supported the Tea Party movement. I have attended tea party rallies and heard him speak, including at the 9/12 rally. He will be speaking tomorrow at the Code Red demonstration tomorrow.
I consider being a McCain supporter today more damning than being a Romney supporter in 2008.
We will see what happens in the next few years, especially after DeMint is overwhelmingly reelected.
RESULTS Feb. 2010 Early Freerepublic.com straw vote FOR GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION
Governor Palin was the overwhelming choice of freepers who voted!
Palin - 102 votes - THE WINNER
None Of The Above - 12 votes
Barbour - 10 votes
Hunter - 8 votes
Demint - 7 votes
Pence - 3 votes
Ryan - 3 votes
Jindal - 2 votes
Jeb Bush - 2 votes
Liz Cheney - 2 votes
Mitch Daniels - 2 votes
Newt Gingrich - 2 votes
Thune, Gary Johnson, Joe Wilson, Scott Brown and rick Perry all got a vote.
No Votes for Mitt RomneyCARE or Ron Paul or Huckabee .... 0 votes (none, zed, nada, doughnut, oh-no)
The GOP insiders will do anything to get their kind of candidate over the top in the 2012 primaries.
Mr. DeMint is a party man all the way who’s been sticking up for Lindsey Graham lately.
The Republican establishment keeps floating names until one sticks.
Daniels is the latest.
They’ve got vote splitter schemes afoot with Rick Santorum being sent to Iowa and New Hampshire to grab conservative votes away from any real conservative candidate.
Fred Thompson was the tool used in 2008 to enable McCain to get over the top.
I see you are from Texas, What the heck do you know about Indiana.? Daniels has been very successful here, even though Palin wasn’t vying for the Indiana governorship. She had one of her own.
He has served a whole term and was reelected by an overwhelming majority. He could probably be reelected for a 3rd term here if that was possible.
I have some problems with him. He is somewhat a nanny stater, but on fical issues he has done very well. The man has lots of experience bringing a state back from rotten democrat control.
The establishment (read: Team Bush) selection process to find a backup to Romney is well underway. Daniels is the latest being floated. He was GWB's budget number cruncher.
Don’t be so touchy. I did an internet search. I never said Daniels wasn’t an effective governor. I said he couldn’t beat Palin in a county GOP straw poll in his own state. That’s all I said.
Three years is an eternity in politics. Can Palin attract enough independents and moderates to win? Notice that McDonnell, Christie, and Brown did not seek nor did they receive Palin’s endorsement. Palin will have to answer a number of questions if she wants to be a viable candidate for President, FR polls aside.
You’re a RomneyBOT aren’t you.
As to your Question? No, I am A Sarah supporter.
So is Palin going to sit in every governorship? Is she going to fill every seat in the House, is she going to fill every Senate seat? Is she going to serve in every district in every state?
You guys trash everyone who isn’t Palin. What good can come from that? She is going to have opponents, some good and some bad. Get used to it. I like Sarah. Sometimes I think people here that say they like her are hurting her.
Does that mean that everyone who has not yet declared themselves as a candidate in the GOP gets trashed?
I plan on having a primary, you should too.
“....nor did they receive Palins endorsement....”
Actually, McDonnell and Christie did receive Palin’s endorsement. Palin even gave money to McDonnell. On Brown I’m not sure but I do know Sarah called him after the fact and congratulated him on his win.
Go pick a fight with someone else. I ain’t interested.
ROMNEY MUST EXPLAIN HIS ATTACKS ON GOV.PALIN AND HER CHILDREN.
Jealous Mitt Romneycare: If I am not coronated, I shall destroy
the GOP candidates like that B&tch and her children in the last election.
Now buy my book, ignore what Ive done,
and go back to play with your little banana.
“The fact is, anyone who really wants to be president right now doesn’t understand how much trouble we are in as a country.”
No even your own delcared you a Romneybot. You know that and so do I.
You go on ahead and find a thread with me posting pro Romney. Good luck.
I hope you have lots of free time. By the way, I think this thread was about Mitch Daniels and Jim DeMint. Right?
Daniels happens to be from my state. So if it is okay with you, I will comment. m, thanks.
okay, you bots are so shallow.
As opposed to Flip Romney? Who won't have to answer any questions. Heck it wouldn't even be worthwhile asking Romney questions. The lying son of a bitch will just tell the questioner what he thinks they want to hear. Romney is the complete profile of what a stinking politician is.
True. But Demint isn't running, and I'll bet he's the first behind Mitch Daniels and an early favorite for Veep under him or anyone else.
-—”Can Palin attract enough independents and moderates to win?”-—
That will depend. The next election will be 90% a referendum on Obama (as all incumbent Presidential elections are), and Palin has the rare ability to max out right-of-center votes. McCain and Obama both got less votes than Bush, showing a vacuum that could be tapped. If the economy is doing well, Obama will be unbeatable, period. If there's an opening, I think Palin has the best shot of the mentioned names because of her ability to max the vote on the right side of the spectrum, especially in key states like IN, NC, OH, VA, etc. If we're to believe polling, she's 3 points down against Obama at her lowest point (within MOE), and that's with the media defining her on a daily basis, a luxury they will not be so much afforded in a daily Presidential campaign.
-—”Notice that McDonnell, Christie, and Brown did not seek nor did they receive Palins endorsement. Palin will have to answer a number of questions if she wants to be a viable candidate for President, FR polls aside.”-—
She gave her support before it was popular to do so in every case but Christie (for obvious reasons), a since forgotten fact. Don't forget Rubio, Kirk, McCain, Graham, Rand Paul, Blunt, and Burr, all of whom have openly sought the support of Sarah Palin, and will benefit from it.
-—”Palin will have to answer a number of questions if she wants to be a viable candidate for President, FR polls aside.”-—
The only question she has to answer to Conservatives is: can she win. There are no other relevant questions for her or any bona fide Conservative. Can they win?
The relevant question I have is: can anyone beat Romney and the GOP establishment? In my lifetime, only Reagan has beaten the GOP system. For Palin, or anyone else, it is a tall order to beat Romney right now. That's a painful truth.
Buddy, you are a bully, I have watched your tactics and I ain’t playing. Go find a Pro Romney post and get back to me.