Skip to comments.DeMint won't back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law
Posted on 03/17/2011 12:13:09 PM PDT by americanophile
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) "would never consider" endorsing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president again in 2012 unless Romney repudiates the health reforms he sought as governor, a source close to DeMint said Thursday.
A source close to the conservative icon emphasized that, despite comments to The Hill indicating that Romney shouldn't shoulder all the political blame for the Massachusetts healthcare plan, DeMint wouldn't endorse Romney again unless he admits the plan was mistaken. "It's obvious Jim was just trying to be nice to the guy he backed over McCain, as many conservatives did in 2008," the source said. "But he would never consider backing Romney again unless he admits that his Massachusetts health care plan was a colossal mistake."
DeMint told The Hill that he hadn't decided who he would endorse in the 2012 Republican presidential primary and said that Romney wasn't entirely to blame for the elements of the Massachusetts healthcare plan that conservatives now deplore.
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Good for Demint, but he shouldn’t endorse Romney in any event.
Ping. Other article was cherry-picked.
Good for Demint, but he shouldnt endorse Romney in any event.
That shouldn’t be a problem for Romney. He has always been willing to say anything or take any position that advances him. The man has as much credibility as the Breck Girl.
I usually support and like DeMint...But this is a major bone of contention for me!
Right. I don’t like the idea that DeMint left the door open like this. Even if Romney never enacted RomneyCare, he is a flawed candidate.
Backtracking after his staff read the reaction on the blogs and forums this morning.
Indeed he shouldn’t. This almost makes it sound like he will if Mitt sounds a little contrite, however. I don’t like it.
I won’t vote for Romney regardless.
it’s really a toss up who has nicer hair.
it might come down to a dance-off.
Somebody is playing CYA now...
This is the exact opposite of something posted an hour or two ago.
He hasn’t done it so far. What’s holding him back?
...yes, I know, why is why I posted it. I don’t know if the liberal Hill is trying to make trouble, or DeMint’s office clarified his remarks, but the Hill has two largely inconsistent stories on the same day, on the same topic.
Indeed he shouldnt. This almost makes it sound like he will if Mitt sounds a little contrite, however. I dont like it.
The GOP nomenklatura are certainly feeling very self righteous and self confident right now. I think they mistook the Tea Party’s 2010 resurrection of their sorry asses as their own invincibility.
Personally, I am done with them. Weighed in the balances several times now, and ALWAYS found wanting. To oblivion with them.
sounds to me that Romney is seeking De mints support behind the scenes.
Romney needs to denounce homosexuality and other liberal social positions too.
I’;ve had enough of this liberal crap, openly serving homosexuals, Manning , teaching it in schools, marriage, DOMA.
It is time to say no more to these mentally sick people and make a stand.
The majority of the country support normal healthy families and marriage so speak up for a change
Just SAYING he was wrong doesn’t right the wrong.
I think DeMint knows Romney will not disown his child. The Mass Health law is Romney's baby.
I was wayyyy crushed when I read that De Mint supported Romney in 2008. I just knew he was the real thing but...he’s off my list which is getting shorter by the day. It’s getting down to Palin, Bachman, West, Cain, Rubio...I think Cain did something which I can’t remember so he may also be off the list. I don’t know but recently Steve King has been entering my mind. I think he’s the fire behind Michele Bachman from what I can gather.
Meant to add, the voodoo Republicans are most likely twisting conservatives’ arms to the breaking point right now. They truly are lock step with that other party on preserving the supremacy of Versailles on the Potomac.
This isn't from an interview with a leftist newspaper, or old debates in a leftist state campaign, or whatnot, but the primary debates during the last presidential election. Romney can repudiate RomneyCare all he wants, but he's given us a candid look into his mind.
Before Romney I choose Trump.. both are stealth democrats..
BUT both beat Obama..
Trump, Romney, McQueeq.. same deal...
BUT you could write in Paul Ryan..
DeMint, grow a backbone. Say what you mean, mean what you say, and get your finger out of the wind!
So did Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, the National Review, etc. It was Romney or McCain.
This was my main “question mark”, in ‘08, about Senator DeMint: Why did he endorse Mitt Romney for POTUS, instead of endorsing any of the conservative candidates also running?
At least, DeMint had the courtesy to let people know
early of his worthlessness.
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Exactly. IMHO, he has proved since the ‘08 campaign exactly what he is, i.e., the stereotypical, career politician driven to the next level of office/election in order to quench his own desire for power and too willing to compromise principle for political ends; but, he is just one of whom the elite are/will be pushing for the nomination because he will be putty in their hands. As for me, I’ll take Palin or Demint or, gasp, Huckabee at this point.
Damage control. Rommey has already proven he will say and do anuything and then change his stripes when it suits his purpose. No one is fooled any longer.
The word "consider" adds another layer, and it makes me believe DeMint will not endorse Romney in any event in a GOP primary.
I won’t back Mitt Romneycare until after he jumps through an operating wood chipper.
I seriously doubt that their quick response will do much to mitigate the fact that conservatives just got a huge reminder that DeMint was a Romney supporter, or to flush DeMint's deceptive spin on what RomneyCare was and is down the memory hole.
I have to laugh. DeMint coming down on exact opposite sides of such an important issue ALL IN ONE DAY is extremely Romneyesque.
Great idea, but a repudiation is nothing more than a string of words. It takes time to live down a reputation for crawling into bed with the enemies of western civilization; time and a whole slough of actual deeds. I wouldn’t be impressed.
It's an old cartoon. "Pro-Romney-care" and "Anti-Romneycare" can now be added.
The fact of the matter is that DeMint has always been in Romney's pocket, but has been hiding it well since the 2008 election, until he slipped up today.
...it looks like Bain did own that property once, but the current owner purchased it from the Pomerantz family in 2009. Which means there’s been at least one other owner between Bain and El-Gamal, and in any event, Romney hasn’t been with Bain Capital since 1999, a full 10 years prior. I don’t see much of a connection, and certainly not enough to call it the “Romney Islam-911 Victory Mosque.”
When it came to challenging Obamacare and the individual mandate, DeMint was in front leading the charge. I’ll take his actions over words taken out of context any day.
Why don't they wait until DeMint says this for himself? Nobody else can speak for him and if DeMint doesn't want to say it himself, that means he doesn't want to commit to not supporting Romney.
I think DeMint should come out and say that he won't support Romney no matter what Romney does. How could support Romney?
Many here will not face that but he has consistently supported and praised Romney (as well as Jeb Bush) as potential 2012 candidates. He'll support whichever one is in the race. Simple as that.
I’m sure he won’t. I backed Romney in 08 too, seeing as we had crap and crap lite to pick from. But I will not back him in 2012.
What a f-ing joke! DeMint supported Willard in 2008 and that was a huge error in judgment. Besides, nothing has changed, Romney STILL supports Romneycare and shows no signs of backing down. OTOH, Romneycare is just one issue in a long list of issues DeMint should have in supporting this jackass.
What DeMint said:
“One of the reasons I endorsed Romney is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices. He set the goal that all folks in Massachusetts would have affordable health insurance. By the time it got through the Democratic state legislature, it had all these mandates on it, requirements about what kind of policies would be bought the same thing that happened up here instead of getting people insured, it was a government takeover. So I applaud the goal my goal is to have every American with a private health insurance plan that they can keep throughout their lives. And so, I still admire him for taking on the task, but I think it’s important to recognize that that’s not where we want our healthcare to go. States can compete with different plans, but we shouldn’t have anything like what they did in Massachusetts at the federal level.”
Sounds fine on the surface. The only problem is that Romney should have vetoed the bill. That’s the essence of executive leadership. If it passed over his veto, so be it, but he signed the law without veto. He blew it.
He (Romney) hasnt done it so far. Whats holding him back?
The events of today associated with Jim DeMint, Mitt Romney, and RomneyCare are another vivid demonstration of the rising power of the citizen media.
The angle that they should all take on “Romneycare” is that it was done at the state level - perfectly Constitutional.
Not so at the federal level.
Would that be so hard?
It would probably be hard for your average “independent” to grasp the importance of the distinction.
I wonder if the Senator is also waiting for Romney to repudiate his homosexualization of state government and the public schools, his unilateral imposition of sodomite fake marriage, his banning of guns, or his creation of $50 co-pay taxpayer-funded abortions.
Very confusing and conflicting.