Skip to comments.Sen. Jim DeMint reportedly open to run for president in 2012
Posted on 01/29/2011 9:53:27 AM PST by pissant
South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is reportedly considering a run for president in 2012.
The South Carolina Republican, who ruled out the possibility of a run, is said to be reconsidering his decision in light of Rep. Mike Pences official withdrawal from the race.
Additionally, news that Mr. DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is adding fuel to the fire over the possibility of a DeMint presidential run.
Mr. DeMint, who raised his national profile during the 2010 mid-term election, continues to build his base amongst those in the Tea Party movement and in the conservative wing of the Republican Party.
A DeMint presidential run would likely complicate plans for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, both of whom are considered the front-runners of the 2012 Republican Party presidential primary (neither have officially announced their candidacy).
Those most likely to be directly impacted by a DeMint run include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who would compete with DeMint for supporters and financing.
(Excerpt) Read more at thestatecolumn.com ...
This is good news to me. He is what we need.
I think he was hoping Pence would run instead of himself.
He’s got my vote.
Denial is no way to spend the next two years.
(CNN) Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a leading force in the Tea Party movement, said Wednesday on CNNs The Situation Room that he's not running for president.
CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer asked DeMint, Are you going to run for the Republican presidential nomination?
DeMint responded, No, no I'm not.
His comment comes on the same day that he introduced a bill to repeal the health care law signed by President Obama and one day before the inaugural meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, for which he is a founding member.
As a corollary to that: GOP primary voters may be too stupid to select a conservative for their candidate.
(and may he not receive the same treatment as Hunter did from the GOP/RNC gods and pro-illegal RHINOs)
Here is some good news for the nation.
Finally, a household name enters the race! :)
He has a very good chance, especially if nothing changes.
It seems every day I’m reading reports that he will run. And reports that he won’t run.
But he is going it Iowa, right? Tells me everything I need to know.
And I thought you were going to say “I like Senator DeMint but, ...”
“He’s a Myth Romney supporter”. I see many comments on other threads about his support of Romney in ‘08. And I ask those FReepers; “would you feel better if he had supported McCain?”
Agreed. Once Pence dropped out, DeMint must have felt obligated.
Works for me.
I'm OK with Pence, but I'd much rather have DeMint.
Did Demint support Romney during the last presidential primaries?
I am SOOOO behind DeMint!
RUN, JIM, RUUUUNNN!
This is what I have been talking about for months — a true Conservative (or as close as we will find in a human being, so please don’t apply the unachievable FR moving standard) who can win!
Before I read other’s posts, I have to say this is our man!! Please go for it Jim!!
DeMint and Palin would split the conservative/Tea Party vote. One of them has to say no or we need to get ready for another Dole/McCain candidate, probably a former Governor of Massachusetts or worse.
I don’t care for the idea of another Senator running (we get 2 dozen every cycle), but considering the lot so far, he is miles above most of them.
I shudder at the though of Romney, of JBush, of Gingrich, of Huckabee getting the nomination, just like I did last time when McCain was the chosen one.
“DeMint is my number one choice. By far.”
Me too. We need a good conservative leader. Palin falls into #5 or 6 in my projections. We need a god send, and he may be it.
My hope is Jeb will run in ‘16. He’s one of the best governors Fl(or the US) has ever had. He just has a bad last name.
Corollary to THAT: democrats learned something in the latest Alaskan Senate election..
If your candidate can't win then have democrats write in the RINO running against the republican..
Moosecowski won by those means.. its diabolical.. but brilliant..
Will probably be cloned future elections..
Mixed signals coming from the DeMint camp but I think he’s got a very good chance of running. He’d be a strong conservative voice.
Some various indications that he’s not out and still has the option open to a run:
An aide to Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) tells CNNs Peter Hamby hes open to a presidential run if none of the other contenders proves sufficiently popular - or conservative - enough. DeMint will address a forum hosted by Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) in the Hawkeye State on March 26, though advisor Matt Hoskins insists in an e-mail, Senator DeMint has absolutely no plans to run for president.
He hasnt completely shut the door on running, the aide says. If there is a massive void in the group of candidates, who knows what could happen?
Still, DeMints advisers put his chances of running at about 5 percentor, as they might put it, not quite a no.
With some luck I hope he gets in. I know not all candidates have to be declared anytime soon but I’d like to see him show up for the first debate for the potential contenders;
NBC-Politico, Reagan Presidential Library .. May 2, 2011.
I called his office and talked to the gal who answers his phone. (a sweet intern from Bob Jones U, no less). She said that yes, messages are actually given to the Senator, and yes, he’s been getting lots of urging to run.
I’m not worried about the conservative vote being split after the first couple of primaries. My three favorites are all in the race now, I think its plain. Bachmann, Palin, and DeMint have led the fight against Obama right from the start, Bachmann from the congress, DeMint from the senate and Palin from outside government. They are all three constitutionalists, and all three fighters.
They have been allies thus far; unlike the Romniacs they haven’t wasted any energy sniping at one another, rather they have supported one another. Which speaks well for them again, they are adults who have put the country ahead of their ambitions.
Once the race heats up, and they stand up side by side to present their vision I think it will become obvious who is the one who should lead, and I’m going to predict is that the other two will support the other.
DeMint is the heavier hitter. Palin has the ability to communicate to the crowds. Bachmann is solid. All three are fearless. This is going to be a good campaign season because they will dominate the discussion and force everyone else to respond to their arguments. They will set the terms of the debate.
DeMint and Palin would split the conservative/Tea Party vote.
Do you think Palin would run should DeMint become a candidate? She’s indicated in the past she’d not be in the race if another entered that was met her qualifications. I guess the question begs, “does DeMint meet her qualifications to run so that she didn’t feel the need to run”? If so then they’d not split the vote.
I truly think if DeMint were to run,Sarah would be his biggest supporter and help him raise tons of money.
So his aides don’t respect his decision. Sound like just the man to replace Obama.
A DeMint presidential run would likely complicate plans for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney,....Those most likely to be directly impacted by a DeMint run include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, ....”
Romney, Huckster, Newt.....There’s 3 GOOD reasons why DeMint should run!
NBC-Politico, Reagan Presidential Library .. May 2, 2011.
I did not know this was the date. Thank you! That is my birthday! Man what a fantastic birthday present.
You know my reasons for opposing Palin, so I’m not going to repeat them here. Suffice to say that indeed they are allies and If your scenario plays out, and the establishment guys are defeated, that would be a good thing. One potential problem is that some others like Perry, Santorum, and Barbour, who are viewed as real “conservatives” the media and by most non-freeping primary voters could scramble the conservative vote. This is not going to be an easy task to defeat the Huck/Romney/Tpaw/Newt wing of the party.
The debates are beginning to have established dates for 2011. These are ones that I’ve seen published so far.
—NBC-Politico, Reagan Presidential Library .. May 2, 2011.
—Iowa Straw Poll ... Aug 13, 2011
—CNN - Tea Party Express, Tampa FL .. Labor Day week, 2011
The question of the day for sure. Palin has said she would not run if there was a viable conservative candidate out there who could win. I think DeMint is that candidate but will Palin agree. I don't know.
Thank you so much. I put it on my calendar so I am ready with popcorn. Seriously I do eat popcorn while watching tv but not because of hopeful drama but because I enjoy it.
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This is such a BS article. The State does not cite one single source for this.
Okay, I’m running. Reread the article, substituting upchuck for DeMint. Has just as much validity.
Felt obligated or saw a chance?
Yes. Jim DeMint has a lot of work to do.
I gave the domestic partner the DeMint test. If he hasn’t heard of someone, most people haven’t. He’s extremely conservative but not a wonk. He listens to sports stations.
Jim DeMint failed the DP test. The DP was vague about who he is.
I’m a Palin supporter but I would vote for a strong conservative if I thought the guy could stir up a following and create some enthusiasm for his candidacy.
That’s yet to be shown about DeMint.
Of course, if Sarah would throw her support behind him, it would be an incredible boost for him. But what does that say about him and about her?
Go, Jimmy, Go...
Go, Jimmy, Go...
It would make me jump for joy!
There are contradictory reports coming out of DeMint’s camp, but even that’s encouraging compared to what we were hearing just a few months ago.
The first debate is already scheduled for May 2nd. We really need at least two conservative candidates to step forward before then to drown out the three-part harmony that will be coming from Romney/Huckabee/Gingrich on that stage. A couple of actual conservatives need to represent so that faux conservatism can be exposed.
I’m keeping an open mind on DeMint. He’s right on the issues, but I’m generally cautious about senators as Presidential candidates. I want to see if he has what it takes to be a national leader for conservatives who can also get things done in Washington.
For what it’s worth, a big test for him in my eyes is how much he can do with his proposed balanced budget amendment. I certainly don’t expect him to get it passed in the Senate - though that would be one hell of a bonus - but I want to see how far he can take it. If it gets buried in committee and we never hear about it again, I’ll be awfully disappointed. If he can get it to the floor, make it a major topic of national discussion, and force both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to go on record as being for or against it, DeMint will gain big-time points with me.
This is DeMint’s time to show us what he’s made of. We know he’s conservative. This year is when he shows us whether he’s ready for prime time.
I for one would like DeMint to stay in the Senate. The Senate is so chuck full of scheming collectivists that it needs the few sane members it has to stay right where they are.
Jeb Bush? Are you sure you’re in the right place!?!?!?! The man is NOT conservative. To mention him in the same breath as DeMint is crazy talk.
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