February 23rd, 2010
12:03 PM ET
5 years ago

DeMint camp downplays Rubio's South Carolina trip

Sen. DeMint, on the right, is backing Marco Rubio, on the left, in the upcoming Republican primary for Florida's open Senate seat.
Sen. DeMint, on the right, is backing Marco Rubio, on the left, in the upcoming Republican primary for Florida's open Senate seat.

Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's office is downplaying a visit to the Palmetto State by Florida Senate contender Marco Rubio, dismissing the suggestion that the rising GOP star is eyeing an early foothold in a key presidential nominating state.

DeMint and Rubio, close political allies, have launched a new Web site – DeMintRubio.com - and are teaming up for a three-city tour of the state on March 15 to "promote common sense ideas and new conservative leadership."

Wesley Denton, communications director for DeMint, said the trip was added to shore up Rubio's campaign war chest against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who still holds a significant fundraising advantage over his GOP primary opponent.

"Rubio is surging in the polls but Gov. Crist still has a big fundraising advantage," Denton told CNN in an e-mail. "Rubio wasn't the choice of the Washington establishment so he must continue building grassroots support.

"Senator DeMint is committed to helping Marco raise the resources needed to get his message out, which is why the Senator sponsored an online money bomb for Rubio this month and is planning the events in South Carolina in March," Denton said.

DeMint and Rubio will visit Charleston, Columbia and Greenville during the day-long trip, which is being promoted through "Friends of DeMint and Rubio," a joint fundraising committee established on behalf of DeMint's 2010 re-election bid and Rubio's campaign.


Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jim DeMint • Marco Rubio
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Carmelle

    Is DeMint Rubio's mentor?????

    Thank God I moved from FL to NY

    February 23, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. SC PUB No Longer

    Run these two loud mouth idiots... pres and vice-pres...it makes no difference. Let them get a dose of the real world; they'll carry about six states.

    February 23, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. ran

    Both DeMint and Rubio are in for a rude awakening when they both or out come 2010/2012. Both are what is wrong with the Republican party of fear/hate/obstructionism/purity ideology. The people have had enough of that kind of politics.

    We the people are going to get our country back by voting in more true Democrats or Independents and not reward a single republican with a win in 2010.

    February 23, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Now that "bare" Brown has put the constituents in his state above the party of NO agenda, he is now just another "baby killing" RINO.

    In the never ending search for the next great WHITE/HISPANIC hope for a con leader, they are moving Rubio to the forefront, but are trying to hide the fact, that the constituents in Florida are merely a stepping stone.

    February 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. mike

    yawn ...

    So a couple of GoPers tea baggin' each other ... .what's new ...

    February 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Between them, they weigh 400 lbs. but only possess 1/2 ounce of human compassion.

    February 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Ethan

    You mean "common sense" ideas like:

    * Tax Cuts for the Rich
    * Corporate Welfare
    * "SCREW YOU I'VE GOT MINE" attitude
    * Maybe another War of Choice thrown in the mix?
    * Separation of Church and State? FORGET IT!

    Mmmm... thanks but no thanks to the Republican liars and their extremist "Hope America Fails" agenda.

    February 23, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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