February 23rd, 2010
12:03 PM ET
4 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. Reny

    He is a liar like all Republicans. They are anxious to get the black man out of office so their supporters will be happy to "take back America". Everyone of them are starting the run for the 2012 elections.

    February 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    "Senator DeMint is committed .......

    If they had stopped there, half the country would have been elated. Rubio wants to know how to keep his women quiet from the rest of the world - best taught by another republikkkan.

    February 23, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Aunt Bea and Opie

    How funny can it get?Demint wants to be the new Jefferson Davis and Rubio wants to be the new president of Cuba.What a happy alliance that will be.Good luck fellas

    February 23, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Pam from Iowa

    nstead of focusing all of your time and energy into 2012, why don't you elected officials earn the money you are getting paid for todaY?

    February 23, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    the dimwit from SC talking about rubio's presidential run? Rising from where, the ashes of the NO party?
    This is about as bad as having the quitter on your side.

    February 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. PEACE ON EARTH

    I LIVE in Florida and IF we had to have a Rethugllican in office, I'd rather it be Crist over Rubio ANYDAY!!!!

    Rubio is a RightWing Radical. The retirement folks may like him and his TeaBagger ways, but the rest of us don't.

    February 23, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Lori in St Pete

    Why doesn't someone test Rubio's IQ? Honestly, the guy just looks so unintelligent. Nobody with an IQ below 130 should be allowed to run for public office or hold any position of public authority.

    February 23, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    TWO "Rubes" in a poke....

    So what's so surprising about the Reckless Republicans being too wrapped around thier shorts politicking that they actually are getting NOTHING done in congress.

    Hey, TEA Party! If your so worried about taxes, how about these two rubes taking YOUR money to go on a road show!

    February 23, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    Hows your car company doing Jim?

    February 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. mark

    Rubio will make a fine US Senator. He is not considering a run for the presidency, CNN.

    February 23, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Can't wait to see Demint voted out.

    February 23, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Deb (Long Island)

    Rubio associates with DeMint...that is trouble for Rubio.

    February 23, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Debbie

    DeMint = Joe McCarthy

    Rubio = Minion

    February 23, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The Dumb and Dumber tour

    February 23, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. ChicagoDB

    Republican scumbags

    February 23, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    Hi everyone, I am so sad that my hero, Barrack Obama, has turned his back on the people that elected him. We loved him during the election and now he truns out to be a big liar. Or maybe he is just dumb as mud.

    Either way, I need to go take an Obama and wipe my Pelosi.

    February 23, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Manuel

    Rubio speaks for the Latino community! He is a conservative, just as we are. We hate it when Obama always includes us with the black community! We are nothing like the black community, when is the last time you have seen an all black landscaping crew, or construction crew, or any type of manual labor? My guess is that you never have, and never will because the black community is the minority group that represents entitlements and feel they are above manual labor. They would rather take government handouts and stay poor rather than work hard to get ahead in life. We voted for Bush because he and conservatives alike have hard working people in mind with their policies. All Obama wants to do is take everybody's tax dollars and give it to the black community. Rubio is the answer we latinos have been waiting for.

    February 23, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Stop the Nonsense

    It will be interesting to see the spin on this. At least Obama waitied to get elected to the senate before using it as a jumping off spot.
    People, they are all the same so stop putting the other party down.

    February 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Total BS

    Looks like dumb and dumber to me !!!

    February 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Doraine Gordon

    Rubio needs to find another Pal. DeMint will rub off on Rubio and they will both stink!!

    February 23, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have been had, Palin and now her daughter Bristol are using the Republican background for their own personal gains. It's never been about the party or Americans, it's always been all about the Palin clan. LOL

    February 23, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Jane/Seattle

    Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics! Is that All we are ever going to get in this country? If so, I'd like to get a Big Sign and stand out on some street frequently to start my begging for enough MONEY to relocate my family to Denmark – A Progressive, kind Country where the needs of citizens are the highest consideration instead of the last, like America! Donations gratefully Accepted. Would CNN please collect this for me? Thanks.

    February 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If I was Marco Rubio, the last person I would trust or want to be identified with is Jim DeMint!

    February 23, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Another example of the GOP's Civil War!

    February 23, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Publico

    I guess Rubio is getting an education on how to obstruct the legislative process and how to put special interests and extreme ideology before the interests of his country. Demint is a disgrace to the Senate, and considering who is now serving there, that puts him in a unique category.

    February 23, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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