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DeMint: Iím Comfortable With Romney
Roll Call ^ | March 22, 2012 | David M. Drucker with Meredith Shiner

Posted on 03/22/2012 2:07:47 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said today that Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney doesn’t have to prove his conservative bona fides to him and hinted that it might be time for former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) to consider exiting the race.

DeMint, who endorsed Romney in 2008, stopped short of backing the former Massachusetts governor in this year’s GOP primary. But in an interview following a morning closed-door meeting with Romney in Washington, D.C., DeMint said the former governor impressed him with his commitments to fiscal reform and to repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law — as well as the “urgency” the Senator said Romney expressed in his discussions about the challenges facing the country.

“I’ve always been very impressed with Mitt. I don’t question his conservative credentials. He’s, I think, been a great leader in a lot of ways. So I feel very good about him,” DeMint told reporters. “He knows we’re on the precipice; he knows some very hard decisions need to be made; he knows we need to balance our budget, and I think he knows the next four or five years could be the most difficult our country faces.”

In an earlier interview with reporters just off the Senate floor, DeMint suggested that he expects Romney to be the nominee and indicated that he hopes Gingrich and Santorum will support the governor once that becomes apparent.

“For me, I think I’d like to move on to the real problem, which is Obama, as soon we can. But these candidates have put their heart and soul, they’ve invested so much of their lives in this thing, it’s going to be their decision when they can do more good by getting out than getting in. And I don’t know when that is. They have to decide. And no one should be able to tell them they have to get out,” DeMint said. “But I just hope that at some point they’ll realize whether they can win or not and if they can’t, the best thing they can do probably is help the one that’s going to win.

“I hope we don’t drag it out to the convention,” DeMint added in the later interview. “Each of the candidates is just going to have to decide when they’ve given it a good run.” Gingrich and Santorum are vowing to take the race to the late August Republican nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., insisting they can prevent Romney from garnering the 1,144 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.

Following their one-on-one meeting, DeMint and Romney were joined by tea-party-inspired stalwarts, according to sources, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), who previously endorsed the governor; Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.); Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.); Sen. Mike Lee (Utah); and GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Steve King (Iowa) and Joe Pitts (Pa.); and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

DeMint declined to discuss the specifics of the meeting, saying it was considered private. But when asked if could share in broad terms the message Romney communicated to the Members he met with today, DeMint described it this way:

“When someone asked him in simple terms: Why are you running? He said it’s to save the country. ... That’s what I needed to hear and I think everyone in the room needed to hear — [that] really our country’s at stake, and we want a president that understands that this is not a business as usual. ... I think what we got from him is a sense of urgency.”

DeMint’s remarks couldn’t have come at a better time for Romney.

His campaign was still dealing with a media firestorm emanating from comments a top aide made Wednesday that compared the campaign process to playing with an Etch-A-Sketch toy. Romney’s critics — as well as Gingrich and Santorum — used the comments to charge that the governor will abandon the conservative positions he’s staked out in the primary once he sews up the GOP nomination.

“It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch,” Eric Fehrnstrom said during an interview on CNN. “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

The Romney campaign said Fehrnstrom was referring to the strategic dynamics of transitioning from running in a primary to a general election campaign, but Democrats and the governor’s conservative critics pounced. DeMint said the issue did not come up in his meeting with Romney.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: convention; gopestablishment; gopprimary; sigh; sighsigh; sighsighsigh; sighsighsighsigh
You'd think the GOP elite could take a hint from the disgusted base, wouldn't you?
1 posted on 03/22/2012 2:07:50 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

grief, even DeMint is selling out now.

*sigh*


2 posted on 03/22/2012 2:09:16 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Jim, you’re killin’ us here.

I swear, it’s time to scrap the GOP lock, stock, and barrel and replace it.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 2:12:51 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy
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To: TexasFreeper2009

demint sold out to romney a long time ago. We knew this was coming.


4 posted on 03/22/2012 2:13:15 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I got quite bit of heat the other day for suggesting DeMint isn’t as rock-ribbed as people think. I got this tagline from one of the more sarcastic responses.


5 posted on 03/22/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Your dead to me now, Fredo.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 2:19:41 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t trust a single GOP at this point..they are selling us out..time for someone to come up with something to replace the modern Whigs( GOP) with and move on with some conservative alternative.
Freegards
LEX


7 posted on 03/22/2012 2:20:18 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IS THIS THE GREATEST MOMENT IN AMERICAN CONSERVATISM?

YOU ARE THERE

THE IMPOSITION OF OBAMACARE/ROMNEYCARE
AND DEATH PANELS BY MYTH ROMNEY
AND THE FELON.

The ineligible, metamorphosing, vulture-corporatist:
"I bet you $10,000 that you rot in jail for this
while I will be lauded widely for our imposing with a stroke of my pen
this RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE,
its costly boondoggle of fewer doctors,
longer waits to be seen, millions more illegals in ERs,
our new death panels from which WE are exempt,
and the rising insurance rates for everyone else."

8 posted on 03/22/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Et Tu Jim?

They are all bunch or worthless windbags.

Never put your faith in the man. Put your faith in his ideas...but never in the man. The man will ALWAYS disappoint you.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 2:21:15 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Good for you Jim, you're a Senator, wealthy and set for life no matter what happens.
I'm none of those things and I'm not comfortable with Mitt. Not at all.

10 posted on 03/22/2012 2:21:15 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t trust a single GOP at this point..they are selling us out..time for someone to come up with something to replace the modern Whigs( GOP) with and move on with some conservative alternative.
Freegards
LEX


11 posted on 03/22/2012 2:22:31 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Yep, and I'm comfortable with a colonoscopy as long as I'm knocked out. Just wake me in five years, will ya?
12 posted on 03/22/2012 2:22:58 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder how long ago the country clubbers agreed to lose in 2012?


13 posted on 03/22/2012 2:23:57 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cyber Liberty

The rollout of state governor’s in places Mitt needed a boost with their endorsement, was the usual game.

Anyone left now who continues with the, “I’ll let it play out, or I don’t want to influence the vote,” is in the bag for Romney.

That Haley Barbour wouldn’t open his mouth until after his state voted made it more than clear that word had gone out that if you can’t say something nice about Mitt don’t say anything OR wait ‘till Mitt needs you and then endorse and/or their weak spines won’t allow them to stand for something if it means loosing votes down the road.

What a disgusting lot.


14 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:16 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Game Over dude. I can’t believe I am saying this but it is third party for me as well.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:25 PM PDT by dt57 (illerate, noobie....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
There we are, now Jim DeMint selling out. I guess the Republicans don't really want to win and are now officially the Socialist Lite Party.
Well no more donations or anything else to the Republicans.
It is time for a rock ribbed Conservative Party to be formed. no more chances for the Pubbies, it's over.
16 posted on 03/22/2012 2:27:45 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: GeronL

This gives me little hope that ObamaCare will be repealed, that power will return to the states, that federal agencies will be closed down, regulations eased, taxes lowered and reformed, that we will drill toward energy independence, that education will again be locally run, that we will have freedom of religion, that our country will have strong defenses....


17 posted on 03/22/2012 2:31:46 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
No thanks, Jim.


18 posted on 03/22/2012 2:32:23 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Yes. DeMint is the last straw. Ronald Reagan’s GOP was a victim of assassination by establishment Republicans. They’ve even managed to brainwash many former conservatives like Ann Coulter and Jim DeMint. Time for an American Conservative Party.


19 posted on 03/22/2012 2:33:24 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We intend to change Washington, not accomodate it." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Sen. Demint, you’ve just been ETCH-A-SKETCHED!You don’t seem to get that many of us loathe Romney and think that he’s a transparent fraud.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Disappointing, but I think also probably a move to try to mend fences between the conservative base and the establishment types ahead of the convention/general campaign. A Romney nomination isn’t written in stone at this point, but unless Newt (the guy I’ve been backing) pulls out and throws his support to Santorum, it seems increasingly likely. A brokered convention is still a possibility, of course, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on that.

The bigger question is, will it mend anything? I have my doubts. Romney has been saying the right things the last couple of weeks, but saying and doing are two different things, and Mitt’s actual record is one of liberal governance. Hard to get the base to turn out when many of them see Romney as just a watered-down version of Obama.

Me, I think I’ll just go back to working on that time machine I tried to build in the third grade. With a little luck, I’ll get back to 1984 just in time to see Mondale’s concession speech (heh).


21 posted on 03/22/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Not a surprise. DeMint endorsed Willard in 2008.


22 posted on 03/22/2012 2:48:36 PM PDT by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: GeronL
To: Cincinatus' Wife
I wonder how long ago the country clubbers agreed to lose in 2012?

13 posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 4:23:57 PM by GeronL
(The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)

In 2008 (actually in 2006) when they shoved McCain on us and the rest of them, Romney included, dropped out like flies.

23 posted on 03/22/2012 2:54:29 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bump


24 posted on 03/22/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

They must have promised him a powerful committee chair in the event they take over the Senate.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 2:57:40 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

I doubt they’ll take the Senate with Romney at the top of the ticket supressing the (R) side of the vote and now letting Conservatives know they are not welcome any longer in the Republican party.


26 posted on 03/22/2012 3:04:49 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So now DeMint helps to shake Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch.

DeMint disgusts me.


27 posted on 03/22/2012 3:22:06 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Speak for yourself, DeMint! I am NOT comfortable AT ALL with Mittens. If he is elected, he will need to have his flip-flops removed and REALLY put his feet to the fire on conservative issues.


28 posted on 03/22/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: NKP_Vet

>> DeMint endorsed Willard in 2008. <<

So did Santorum.


29 posted on 03/22/2012 3:40:32 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: NKP_Vet

>> DeMint endorsed Willard in 2008. <<

So did Santorum.


30 posted on 03/22/2012 3:40:55 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am so sick of these jerks. I got an RNC solicitation for money in the mail. I happened to have a joke million dollar bill with Obama’s face on it, so I stuck that in the envelope, wrote a note telling them that was the last they would ever get from me, and sent it off.


31 posted on 03/22/2012 3:48:14 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Diogenesis

Dear God, look at that collection of crooks. It’s written all over Romney’s face-—you can SEE it in the man. And yet so many are completely blind. I don’t understand what’s happened.


32 posted on 03/22/2012 3:49:46 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
DeMint and the Beltway Rove types can all come together around their hand made disaster Romney. I'll pass. Just look at the low turn out this slash and burn loser is creating. Santorum is right is saying there isn't any difference between Obummer and Milt. Just look at all the positions he has on one simple issue. Obamacare. Milt and his pals can screw.


33 posted on 03/22/2012 4:01:23 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He said it’s to save the country. ... That’s what I needed to hear and I think everyone in the room needed to hear — [that] really our country’s at stake, and we want a president that understands that this is not a business as usual. ... I think what we got from him is a sense of urgency.”

It's funny that DeMint says this considering the very problem I have with Romney, aside from the fact he is obviously not a real conservative, is an utter and absolute lack of urgency and understanding that big things need to be done to turn this country around.

Meh, I guess the writing is on the wall and Romney is 99% likely to be the nominee now. I hope at least Newt stays in till the end and keeps forcing Mitt to the right. I'd expect folks like DeMint and Ryan to formally endorse the chameleon soon after the Louisiana primary.

34 posted on 03/22/2012 4:13:39 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'm fed up with all of them....DeMint, Coulter, ad nauseam....

...but you're more than disingenuous, Cincinatus' Wife....you can't have it both ways!!!!!!!!!!

Your 'Poor us, they're all throwing in with Romney'....

..just won't cut it dearie....with all the bad mouthing you and your crew have done to one of our two standard bearers with the possibility of usurping Romney!

You're quite ingenious at playing both sides against the middle....

...Now that you and yours have insulted, ridiculed, mocked Santorum to the nth degree, piling on day in day out!!!!...

...now that the media is calling for him to leave the race...

...your have this 'oh my, it's Romney'....Oh No!!

I AM FED UP!

Both Gingrich and Romney have tried to make a difference....have tried to cut in to Romney's chances...

...and I am fed up with all those who should have been encouraging Santorum....praising Santorum for his wins...

...and now are aghast that Romney will be the nominee.

Well, congratulations...You helped get him there!

35 posted on 03/22/2012 4:41:44 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I was soooooo upset at the end, I typed Gingrich and Romney

when I obviously meant...GINGRICH AND SANTORUM!

...guess you'll have a nice laugh over that, too!

36 posted on 03/22/2012 4:59:21 PM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Gator113

“So now DeMint helps to shake Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch.
DeMint disgusts me.”

All of them backing Romney disgust me. Wait until my Etch-A-Sketch gets here - I’ll show ‘em. I know plenty of bad words to write on there. That’s the rule - only bad words can be written on there in order to relieve my frustration!


37 posted on 03/22/2012 5:25:13 PM PDT by Marcella (Vote Newt; Newt needs money)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I think that after this election there needs to be a 3rd party formed. It can get strong and ready to go for the next 4 years and then a true conservative can run.


38 posted on 03/22/2012 5:33:39 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: duffee

I thinks some are underestimating the desire of voters to get BO out of there. Many have said they would vote for dog catcher over BO. If Romney is the nominee, this is not the election to get in a snit and not vote against the Obama communist regime. It would be a grave mistake. The motivation to get rid of the Obamas, Jarrett and Holder is very strong. We have to have Romney or whoever the nominee is in order to accomplish this and that’s all that really matters this time around.


39 posted on 03/22/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Marcella

LOL...

Hope you’re healing up okay.


40 posted on 03/22/2012 6:55:47 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Hawthorn

Guess which one discovered that was a grievous error ?


41 posted on 03/22/2012 11:15:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: dandiegirl

Now is not the time to give up on a Conservative candidate that I believe will beat obama if elected and actually has the ability to fix what the socialist and rinos have done to America and jump on board with a candidate who I believe lacks Conservative principles and core beliefs and will continue big government, just not under the banner of the democrats, IF he’s able to get elected and I don’t believe Romney can or will get elected. I’m finding that I’m more Conservative than Republican but I do not believe in third parties. I know when Romney loses the blame will be placed on Conservatives despite the fact that Romney and Paul posoined the well with the negativity, lies and distortions and that the GOP-E pushed a candidate who had no political accomplishments and has done nothing to stop or slow up the democrat and socialist agenda, much less do anything to advance the Conservative agenda. I was very satisfied with a campaign based on positive issues and I only said good things about my guy and didn’t attack or denigrate any of the other candidates. We all know that while the campaign was about records and accomplishments, visions and plans, and reserving the attacks for obama and the democrats, that Newt Gingrich was beginning to run away with the nomination. These tactics won’t work against obama, neither will supressing the vote. I really thought that this year,2012, I would be able to cast a vote for a candidate I believed in, who I shared a common philosphy with and that when elected would start remaking America and fixing these problems that plague us and return America to where I can have a reasonable hope for the future and security of my grandchildren. Not just vote for some liberal rino that will “manage the decay of America.”


42 posted on 03/23/2012 8:22:39 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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