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Sen. Jim DeMint mulls White House bid
The Hill ^ | 06/01/2011 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 06/01/2011 7:22:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he is considering running for president after frustrated conservative activists have pleaded with him to run.

DeMint told The Hill that he has discussed a White House bid with his wife and will pray on the question out of respect for his supporters across the country.

The Tea Party favorite, who had indicated he was not going to run in 2012, would significantly shake up the race if he were to jump in.

Many on the right have expressed major reservations about the GOP candidates in the race, claiming they have not energized the base and/or can’t beat President Obama.

The second-term senator would have the inside track to win South Carolina, a key early state in the nomination process. Since 1980, every Republican who has triumphed in the Palmetto State has gone on to capture the GOP presidential nomination.

Some conservative activists compare DeMint to former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and former President Reagan, predicting he could quickly unify social and fiscal conservatives.

DeMint insists he has no plans to run. But he won’t dismiss the growing calls for him to enter the contest.

“It’s humbling and out of respect, my wife and I have talked about it,” DeMint said late last week of a possible White House bid. “Out of respect for the people who have asked us to think about this, that’s what we’re going to do. I don’t want to imply that I’m changing in mind, but I want to consider what all these folks are doing.”

Without a doubt, DeMint would face significant hurdles if he launched an eleventh-hour bid. Throughout his political career, DeMint has not been shy in confronting major players in the Republican Party on a wide range of issues. His candidacy would not be popular in Washington, though that dynamic could also be used as an asset on the campaign trail.

There are also questions as to whether he could attract independent voters in a general-election match-up against Obama.

Two GOP factions have begun to draft DeMint for a presidential run.

One is organized by Richard Viguerie, a conservative pioneer in the field of direct-mail political marketing, who helped Reagan win election in 1980.

The other is Conservatives4DeMint, which claims to have about 4,700 members and regional coordinators in 35 states.

Viguerie held a Saturday conference call with allies to plan the initial stages of the draft movement.

“I’ve asked him about the presidential thing twice in the last five or six weeks,” Viguerie said of his recent conversations with DeMint.

“I think he’s giving it serious consideration. Hopefully this will push him over the line and give him the encouragement that there would be a strong base of support,” Viguerie added.

He said DeMint compares to Goldwater in 1964, whom conservatives drafted to challenge President Johnson, and Reagan in 1976 and 1980 respectively.

“He would be the dominant movement conservative leader,” Viguerie said. “He would be the front-runner overnight.”

Angela Toft, national director of Conservatives4DeMint, said the group launched in January after DeMint supporters began corresponding through Facebook. What began as a local fan club in California soon gained national membership.

“A groundswell erupted,” she said.

Toft said DeMint caught people’s attention by supporting conservative candidates such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore through his leadership committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Toft said, “I know Sen. DeMint has no personal ambition to be president, but I hope he will answer the call of the American people and run.”

DeMint, 59, said everything would have to fall into place for him to launch a campaign.

“It would take an extraordinary set of circumstances for me to get in. I’ve learned not to rule out anything in life,” he said.

DeMint has already traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire to participate in candidate forums. He’s looking into having a candidates’ forum in South Carolina, as well, but has not set a date.

He said the purpose of these meetings is to pick a principled, conservative nominee in 2012.

“What I’m trying to do in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina is to encourage people to wait, not endorse candidates early,” he said.

DeMint wants conservative activists to wait, before pledging support, to see what positions candidates such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney say about the debt ceiling, a balanced-budget amendment and spending levels.

“What I want to be able to do is offer the right candidate a broad consensus of voters in these three early states that have waited,” he said.

DeMint endorsed Romney in 2008.

Some DeMint backers point out that the junior senator from South Carolina is one of the few conservatives in the GOP who is willing to take on his own party’s leadership. As a House member in 2003, DeMint rebuffed then-President George W. Bush by opposing an expansion of Medicare to include a prescription drug benefit.

DeMint also took on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) over earmarks in the 111th Congress. McConnell, a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee, resisted DeMint’s proposal to establish a moratorium on earmarks. DeMint persisted, despite facing criticism within the GOP conference. He later triumphed, when his GOP colleagues adopted an earmark ban late last year.

DeMint broke with party leaders again last year when he backed Rubio in the Florida Republican primary while National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) supported former Gov. Charlie Crist, who later switched to become an Independent.

He defied McConnell in the 2010 Kentucky GOP primary by endorsing Paul after McConnell made clear he was behind former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul defeated Grayson before winning the general election last fall.

DeMint is a proven fundraiser. He raised $9.3 million through the Senate Conservatives Fund in the 2010 election cycle, disbursing it to an array of conservatives, including Paul, Rubio and Senate freshmen Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The fund has raised $1.2 million so far this year, according to its website.


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1 posted on 06/01/2011 7:23:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I would support him in a NY minute. Run Jim run.


2 posted on 06/01/2011 7:25:06 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

As much as I’d LOVE a DeMint Presidential candidacy, I don’t want a reluctant candidate that has to be talked into it. They can just as easily be talked out of it.


3 posted on 06/01/2011 7:25:20 AM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: SeekAndFind

4 posted on 06/01/2011 7:29:10 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind

“Many on the right have been reported by the msm as expressing major reservations about the GOP candidates in the race, wether the voters actually have these reservations or not, this is the theme that we are going to report.”


5 posted on 06/01/2011 7:30:35 AM PDT by Grunthor (Make the lefts' collective brain cell implode; Cain/Bolton 2012.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I could support DeMint.


6 posted on 06/01/2011 7:31:49 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind

NOW we’re talking..
Run, Jim, RUN!


7 posted on 06/01/2011 7:32:32 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SeekAndFind

Do it Jim!

Your country needs you desperately!

This truly is the candidate that can beat the DemocRAT machine. If only there were many more like this man in Congress the nation wouldn’t be a train wreck.


8 posted on 06/01/2011 7:34:00 AM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wont attract cockroaches.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Amen. I said for some time I don’t think we’ve yet seen THE 2012 presidential candidate for the GOP in the field yet.


9 posted on 06/01/2011 7:34:17 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: SeekAndFind
everyone knows Obama can't win

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This isn't random this is organized ... I'm sure there are more celebrating Urban Youth Weekend

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Caught On Tape: Miami Beach Shooting - Memorial Day Weekend 2011 TEEN GANGS UNLEASHED ON BOSTON BEACH

UPDATE: MIAMI 'WAR ZONE' DURING URBAN WEEKEND...

'I was scared for my life'...

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Arrests made in one of two post-Riverfest robberies

Little Rock, Arkansas Police Robbery Reports after Riverfest

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10 posted on 06/01/2011 7:36:15 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I can safely say that I speak for a good number of Freepers when I say that we have overwhelming proof that US Senators make the absolute worst Presidential candidates, and that I will not support another Senator for President no matter which Party he runs with.


11 posted on 06/01/2011 7:37:45 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: SeekAndFind

I pray every night DeMint will change his mind and run. He would be a marvelous choice. I think he could beat Barry Soetoro running away.


12 posted on 06/01/2011 7:37:50 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought he took himself out a long time ago. I like him but you can’t say I’m out of the race...then I’m in the race.


13 posted on 06/01/2011 7:38:16 AM PDT by McGruff (Run Sarah, Run. Restore this country to what it once was.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. We may have quite a field to choose from. Real conservatives: DeMint, Bachmann, Cain, Palin. More to come?

So much for the GOP being ‘scared’ of Obama. Frankly, clearing the field of Huck and Daniels may prove to be a boon as almost everyone we would want to get in the race is seeing the opportunity is there to get in with a clear path to victory.


14 posted on 06/01/2011 7:38:16 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: kabar

NO! He’s needed in the senate and to help get true conservatives elected to the senate in 2012 through his fund. We’ve already got a problem with that asshat grahamnesty. Mr. DeMint is our counterbalance and possibly a stabilizing force on grahamnesty.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 7:39:35 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Bean Counter

DeMint is a movement leader though. I generally agree about Senators as candidates, but the truly principled leaders could be good. I would say the same potentially about Rubio in about 8 years if he continues to prove his leadership on conservative issues.


16 posted on 06/01/2011 7:41:48 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

Run Jim Run!! DeMint/Cain in 2012


17 posted on 06/01/2011 7:42:26 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Not good, he's a Palin supporter...

The only way he is running, is if he feels there is no true conservative running that he can support.

And he can support Palin, i.e. He thinks she isn't running, or she probably won't run.

I also believe he talks to her and considers her a friend, so this does not bode well, if he says he is thinking of running, because it means she isn't.

18 posted on 06/01/2011 7:43:59 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: SeekAndFind

I would support DeMint if he were the candidate. I’ve supported him since he first ran for the Senate. But...I’d much, much, much rather have him stay in the Senate where he can do more good riding herd on McConnell and the other RINOs. I’d prefer Palin or Cain as Pres with DeMint in the Senate. That would be an effecive team.


19 posted on 06/01/2011 7:44:18 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure wish he would, man could win going away.


20 posted on 06/01/2011 7:47:24 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Scotsman will be Free

We need the WH more than keeping Grahamesty in check. The buck stops in the WH. We need the A Team running it.


21 posted on 06/01/2011 7:47:39 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
James Warren “Jim” DeMint

born September 2, 1951 in Greenville, SC (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Thomas Eugene DeMint born Mar 30,1924 in KS.
Betty W. Rawlings born July 22, 1929 in SC

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Jim DeMint is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama isn't!

54:11

22 posted on 06/01/2011 7:48:56 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: kabar

It’s not just keeping grahamnesty in check. It’s part of winning the majority in the senate. Screw the whitehouse. If conservatives have a majority in both houses, obama and everything he believes in will be dead.


23 posted on 06/01/2011 7:49:56 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: SeekAndFind

I love the riches of having so many conservatives in the race, but I think Sarah is enough. Maybe he could be in the Palin Administration in some capacity.


24 posted on 06/01/2011 7:52:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Duh, he is a us senator, from a state that has a republican governor, the question is who would she appoint to complete his term. Not we could lose his seat. Dang!!!! Put on your thinking cap.


25 posted on 06/01/2011 7:53:09 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Kiss my ass, jerkoff. He’s one of my senators and I know who my governor is. Put your thinking cap on so your alligator mouth doesn’t over ride your parrot ass.


26 posted on 06/01/2011 7:59:04 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I want both the WH and the Senate. 23 Dems are running in 2012 and only 10 Reps. We should be able to flip the Senate. If Demint is not elected President, he stays in the Senate. If he wins, we have a true conservative in the WH who will not only stop the Obama agenda but reverse it.


27 posted on 06/01/2011 7:59:35 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

Who is this Angela Toft of which you speak?


28 posted on 06/01/2011 8:00:40 AM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

The more to merrier we WILL chose our candidate.


29 posted on 06/01/2011 8:02:34 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Scotsman will be Free

You were to dumb to realize the mans seat was not in question, and then you run your trash mouth. I thought you were an idiot and then you opened your mouth and confirmed it.


30 posted on 06/01/2011 8:03:14 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: SeekAndFind

DeMint is my senator and I would love to see him run. I would ideally like to see Palin/DeMint or DeMint/Palin.

To use a tired old phrase, “at the end of the day”, we just simply have to kick obama out of office, that is the bottom line.


31 posted on 06/01/2011 8:07:08 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

DeMint is my senator and I would love to see him run. I would ideally like to see Palin/DeMint or DeMint/Palin.

To use a tired old phrase, “at the end of the day”, we just simply have to kick obama out of office, that is the bottom line.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 8:07:19 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

DeMint is my senator and I would love to see him run. I would ideally like to see Palin/DeMint or DeMint/Palin.

To use a tired old phrase, “at the end of the day”, we just simply have to kick obama out of office, that is the bottom line.


33 posted on 06/01/2011 8:07:33 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind; Al B.; onyx; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Lakeshark; All
DeMint has no fire in the belly, just like Huck and Daniels, and Fred Thompson before them.

If he has to be talked into it, then imagine how lame his potential campaign events would be if he really doesn't want the job and doesn't put the energy required into winning it.

34 posted on 06/01/2011 8:08:46 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now we are talking! A one of a kind true blue American conservative. He would carry big coattails if he ran,too.IMHO he is this country’s best chance to get back on the right path.


35 posted on 06/01/2011 8:12:47 AM PDT by coalman (survived carter ,disco and clinton,just holding on till 2012)
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To: upchuck

PING!


37 posted on 06/01/2011 8:16:12 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Stupid is a stupid does, you are the one that made the ignorant statement about losing the seat. So put the dunce cap on and go sit in the corner.


38 posted on 06/01/2011 8:20:06 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: ilovesarah2012

I would definitely support him. He was the first to come out against obamacare very early on.


39 posted on 06/01/2011 8:22:25 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: kabar

And he he wins as VP, he still stays in the Senate. Kind of.


40 posted on 06/01/2011 8:22:48 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Bean Counter

Who are you hoping is nominated?


41 posted on 06/01/2011 8:24:50 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Not sure yet, but I’ll know him when I see him...

I’m more interested in cleaning house in the Senate, and getting some fresh blood in there, as opposed to promoting one of the usual suspects.

I’m a lot more interested in sitting governors who are actually accomplishing something at home.


42 posted on 06/01/2011 8:27:05 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

He’ll just do an end run with executive orders.


43 posted on 06/01/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Lakeshark; RedMDer

He’s not party to this GOP-E *Anybody But Sarah Palin* crap that’s trying to grab everyone from Christie to Perry this week because of her tour.

I think Senator DeMint really wants to be Majority Leader, but if he decides to run, he will only make the competition better.


44 posted on 06/01/2011 8:29:09 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I expect better from a fellow South Carolinian. Whatever happened to civil discourse?


45 posted on 06/01/2011 8:29:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind
I think he's trying to force some of the fence sitters to commit, one way or the other.

I see one problem with a DeMint run. Right now the SC primary will be crucial in picking the nominee. If DeMint runs, it becomes meaningless..everyone else will skip it..

46 posted on 06/01/2011 8:32:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Bean Counter

Which governors are running?


47 posted on 06/01/2011 8:33:41 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Look, my point is easy...the US Senate represents noone except the two political parties. At one time the Senate actually represented the interests of the States, but the 17th Amendment took care of that.

I think we need Senators in the Senate doing the Senate’s business, instead of out raising money to make runs at the Presidency. If I had my way, I’d put up a Constitutional Amendment banning Senators from running for the Presidency until such time as they are dealt back into the game of representing the States and the People, instead of just the Democrats and Republicans.

I have nothing against DeMint personally. I’m sure he’s one hell of a great guy, but there is much work to be done in the Senate, and I would rather see Senior Senators working to fix those problems.


48 posted on 06/01/2011 9:01:32 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: Bean Counter

Failure to support a good man and candidate only because he is a Senator seems painfully ignorant and irrational to me.


49 posted on 06/01/2011 9:08:50 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: MBB1984

And you are certainly entitled to your opinions, and I to mine.

Cheers!


50 posted on 06/01/2011 9:11:42 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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