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  • Jim DeMint Urges Conservatives to Focus on Principles First, Candidates Second

    03/27/2011 2:46:21 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    hot air ^ | March 27, 2011 | Michael van der Galien
    Senator Jim DeMint urged conservatives in Iowa yesterday to “get it right this time” with a Republican presidential nominee. Before choosing a favorite, however, voters should first “identify the right principles,” or so he said. “I hope Iowa will not only be the first state to pick the right candidate… but also the first state to redirect our country to the principles that we want our candidate to carry,” he said. “Those principles that will restore the greatness, the freedom, the opportunity. … We must choose the right principles before we can choose the right candidate.” DeMint is right, of...
  • Sen. Paul Unveils 5-Year Budget Plan: Eliminates Four Federal Agencies

    03/17/2011 4:02:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/17/2011 | Mary Bruce
    Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled today his five-year path to a balanced budget, leaving several federal agencies behind. Among the items on the cutting room floor are the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development. “There’s a lot of things in here that everybody could agree to, Republicans and Democrats, but nobody’s leading on the president’s side and on our side we felt we needed to put this forward to get the debate started, at the very least,” the freshman Senator explained at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon. The proposal also calls for the repeal...
  • Sen. Jim DeMint talks Mitt Romney in 2012

    03/17/2011 9:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 17, 2011
    South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint dipped his toe into the debate taking place concerning the 2012 Republican presidential election, offering his thoughts on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices,” said Sen. Jim DeMint. Mr. Romney, who has received criticism from Republican leaders in recent weeks, seemed to find a supportive voice from the Republican U.S. Senator. Blaming Massachusetts Democrats, Mr. DeMint seemed to present Mr. Romney with a political strategy to address concerns over his support of the Massachusetts...
  • DeMint won't back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law

    03/17/2011 12:13:09 PM PDT · by americanophile · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2011 | Michael O'Brien
    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...
  • House Republicans set to vote to defund National Public Radio completely

    03/17/2011 6:42:21 AM PDT · by bronxville · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03-17-2011 | Mathew Boyle
    In wake of conservative James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas sting videos of National Public Radio (NPR) senior executives, House Republicans are set to vote Thursday to defund NPR completely. They’re expected to pass a bill that would pull all taxpayer money out of NPR, including the money that’s funneled through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The bill’s sponsor, Congressman Doug Lamborn, Michigan Republican, told The Daily Caller he thinks NPR will survive in a free market situation. But, even if it wouldn’t, he questions the need to fuel it with taxpayer money. “Certainly, it would survive,” Lamborn said. “They have...
  • Bachmann, Bolton and Cain Added to Rep. King's Conservative Iowa Conference (w/DeMint, Santorum

    02/22/2011 9:48:12 PM PST · by pissant · 22 replies
    RCP ^ | 2/22/11 | Erin McPike
    Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced an expanded list of speakers for a conservative conference he'll hold next month in Des Moines to underscore the nascent GOP nomination fight that will unfold in his state over the next year. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will keynote the Conservative Principles Conference on March 26, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is scheduled to participate as well. Now King has added Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Ambassador John Bolton and Herman Cain, all of whom are exploring the 2012 race for the White House. The roster skews heavily to the most conservative...
  • Rep. Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Tax Relief Certainty Act

    02/15/2011 10:38:58 AM PST · by pissant · 9 replies
    The State Column ^ | 2/15/11 | staff
    Sen. Jim DeMint released the following statement: Today, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) and U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the current individual income tax rates, which will expire on January 1, 2013, and permanently repeal the death tax. “Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity,” said Congressman Pence. “By enacting a two-year extension on current tax rates, Congress merely extended the uncertainty that has stifled our economic growth. To encourage growth and job creation, Congress should act now to make all previous tax rates permanent and passing the...
  • Possible Running Mates for Sarah Palin in 2012 Presidential Election

    02/13/2011 1:38:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News Weekend Edition ^ | February 13, 2011 | William Browning
    The race for the 2012 Republican nomination for President is becoming more concrete. GOP candidates made their pitches to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10-12 and a straw poll of attendees was taken. The Washington Post reports Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the poll, with about 30 percent of the 3,742 ballots cast. The poll doesn't say much as not one candidate received more votes than the other. Some of the biggest news from the weekend came from former vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin and she didn't even attend the conference. Palin hired...
  • DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb

    02/07/2011 7:07:16 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 159 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 7, 2011 | Robert Costa
    DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb February 7, 2011 8:15 P.M. By Robert Costa Sen. Jim DeMint, the conservative star from South Carolina, is keeping a close eye on the emerging 2012 presidential field. New names, he observes, keep popping up. One of those, of course, is former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Rich, Kathryn, and John have all written about Bush’s appeal in recent days. DeMint, in an interview with National Review Online, calls Bush “one of the best” possible presidential contenders. “Maybe the person we are looking for has not stepped out yet; it could be a Rick Perry...
  • DeMint calls #hcr repeal effort a "waiver for all Americans."

    02/02/2011 3:40:46 PM PST · by pissant · 5 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/2/11 | Amanda Carpenter
    RT @guypbenson: DeMint calls #hcr repeal effort a "waiver for all Americans."
  • DeMint leads S.C. — Huck runs strong

    02/02/2011 8:21:59 AM PST · by speciallybland · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/01/2011 | Andy Barr
    Jim DeMint is well-positioned to win the presidential primary in his home state of South Carolina — but Mike Huckabee is poised to capitalize if DeMint stays out of the race. With DeMint in the race, the conservative senator captures 24 percent of the vote, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey, with Huckabee trailing at 20 percent. But with DeMint out of the picture, Huckabee leads with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney at 20 percent.
  • DeMint advisors: He might run in 2012 if there’s no “suitably conservative” candidate in the race

    01/27/2011 6:29:28 PM PST · by FTJM · 31 replies ^ | January 27, 2011 | AllahPundit
    My Christmas list this year: (3) New iPad with two, count ‘em, two cameras; (2) field-level tickets to the Pro Bowl, natch; (1) Palin/DeMint primary showdown. Winner gets the nomination, loser gets the keynote address at RINOcon. Let’s do this. But the ground may be shifting in DeMint-world, and several of his closest advisers and political confidantes are now telling CNN that he is at least open to a presidential bid if a suitably conservative candidate fails to emerge from the early and wide-open GOP field… “He hasn’t completely shut the door on running, and if there is a massive...
  • DeMint open to 2012 presidential bid, advisers say (If no suitable conservative arises)

    01/27/2011 10:56:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/27/2011 | Peter Hamby
    News that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is sparking another round of chatter that DeMint might launch a dark horse bid for the White House in 2012. The Republican gadfly has been adamant in denying such intentions for more than a year – just Wednesday, he gave CNN's Wolf Blitzer a flat "No" when asked if he plans to seek his party's presidential nomination. But the ground may be shifting in DeMint-world, and several of his closest advisers and political confidantes are now...
  • DeMint Becomes Latest to Boycott CPAC

    01/21/2011 4:14:50 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/21/11 | Terry Burlij
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced Friday he was skipping this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, siding with critics who feel the annual gathering of conservative activists has become too friendly with pro-gay and libertarian groups. "With leading conservative organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton wrote in an e-mail to Ben Smith of Politico. The move comes after several high-profile conservative groups, including the Media Research Center, the Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation decided not to participate in this year's event.
  • Conservatives propose $2.5 trillion in spending cuts (DeMint)

    01/20/2011 11:25:40 AM PST · by pissant · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/11 | Mike Obrien
    House and Senate conservatives are pushing legislation to cut $2.5 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years. The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) are planning companion bills to make steep cuts to the budget. The No. 2 House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), said he would support an up-or-down vote in the House on the proposal. "As promised, we will have an open process when it comes to spending bills," he said in a statement. "I look forward to these cuts and others being brought to the...
  • Omnibus Defeat Is a Victory for Reality

    12/17/2010 5:14:33 PM PST · by onyx · 13 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | December 17, 2010 1:24 P.M. | Sarah Palin
    I’m glad the Senate came to its senses and killed the omnibus spending monstrosity. That outrageous trillion-dollar pork buffet was an outright slap in the face to the American public’s expressed wishes in the last election. It was as if Congress was earning its historically low 13 percent approval rating before our very eyes. I applaud senators like Jim DeMint, John McCain, and others who fought this and stopped it. However, the very fact that some lawmakers on Capitol Hill thought such reckless spending was even remotely acceptable is disturbing. We’re facing trillion-dollar deficits and a record national debt, but some...
  • Scarborough Says 'Judge Not' . . . Then Calls Kyl And DeMint 'Un-Christlike'

    12/16/2010 4:12:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mere moments after citing Matthew 7's instruction to "judge not, that ye be not judged," Joe Scarborough declared that Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint were "un-Christlike." Scarborough's strange self-contradiction came in the course of his diatribe against the two Republican senators for having criticized Harry Reid for threatening to keep the Senate in session through Christmas. View video after the jump.
  • 'All Hell' breaking loose in Senate over budget

    12/15/2010 6:35:08 AM PST · by FredJake · 77 replies ^ | 12/14/2010 | Joe Newby
    An unidentified GOP source told Fox News Tuesday that "All hell is breaking loose" in the Senate over a 1,924-page spending bill that includes 20,000 earmark requests. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) will likely demand the omnibus bill be read in its entirety on the Senate floor prior to a vote. Fox News reported the bill - described as "a total mess" - is intended to cover the rest of the current fiscal year. If passed, the bill would become law without any debate in the Senate. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee,...
  • DeMint: Wait for Marco Rubio, Rand Paul before dealing on tax cuts

    12/10/2010 4:29:56 PM PST · by pissant · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/10 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) urged his GOP Senate colleagues Friday to reject a deal on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts and wait until the incoming crop of GOP senators are sworn in to move forward. In an e-mail to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint said waiting until the January arrival of many of the Senate Republicans, whom he helped elect this past cycle, would mean the GOP could "fight for a better deal." "I appreciate the efforts made by my party's leaders to negotiate this deal but I believe Americans deserve much better. This deal should be...
  • After tense midterms, DeMint and Cornyn agree to bury the hatchet

    12/11/2010 6:51:00 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    The chairman of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm and Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint are pledging to work more closely together in the 2012 election cycle. DeMint and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) say they want to avoid the tensions of 2010, when DeMint backed anti-establishment candidates who ended up defeating Cornyn-backed candidates in several Senate races. (snip) Cornyn, who was re-elected to a second term as NRSC chairman, has said he will stay away from trying to anoint winners in Senate Republican primaries, while DeMint has promised to consult more with Cornyn.