September 17th, 2010
07:02 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP must keep its word or die, DeMint warns

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is sounding the alarm to the GOP, warning that unless the party can come together, it won't matter if Republicans regain control of Congress in November.

"If we get the majority again, even if it's just in the House, and we don't do what we say, I think the Republican Party is dead," DeMint told CNN's Candy Crowley, host of State of the Union and CNN's Chief Political Correspondent.

"The urgency for me here is the Democrat Party - and I know this sounds partisan but - are completely dysfunctional. They're the left of Europe," DeMint added, in an interview that will air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.

A number of establishment-backed Republican candidates lost primary battles to conservative political newcomers this election cycle, as a wave of anti-Washington sentiment swept across the country. The movement has created a rift within the GOP that some predict will make governing more difficult, even if the Republicans have a majority.

DeMint has also incensed some within the Republican Party by backing conservative candidates rather than the GOP establishment's picks. He most recently endorsed Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, who easily beat long-time Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's primary.

Frustration with DeMint in Republican circles boiled over following O'Donnell's win Tuesday night. One unnamed senior GOP aide told CNN's Dana Bash Tuesday night: "I wonder who Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are calling first tonight – Chris Coons for becoming the next Senator from Delaware or Jim DeMint for helping to make it happen."

But DeMint -who has been mentioned as a 2012 presidential candidate– is taking a more conciliatory tone, telling Crowley that Republicans must unite around common causes in order to take back control.

"The Republicans are the only one who can carry the banner of what I think millions of Americans are saying - not just Republicans, Independents and Democrats - stop the spending, stop the borrowing, stop the debt, stop the takeovers. This is kind of uniting America," DeMint said.


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Ex-european

    "the left of Europe"??? Has he ever lived in Europe? Even the European right is more leftist than the democratic party! What is he talking about?

    September 17, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS!!!!!!

    Demint will throw out Sen. McTurle and Rep. Boner. Demint is purifying the "New Teapublican Party" all in the name of power for himself. Moderate Republicans must join with the Democrats to shut them down or never comeback.

    September 17, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Squealy

    The dems are the left of Europe? Has this guy BEEN to Europe lately? What a ridiculous hyperbole!

    September 17, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. A disgusted former Republican

    Why should anyone pay any attention to this idiot? A bunch of you right wingnuts criticized Lady Gaga for speaking out, well she seems to have more sense that DeMinted and at least she can speak in complete rational sentences unlike right wing darling Sarah Palin.

    September 17, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. pat

    I don't have a party affiliation, but there is no way on earth that I would vote republican. Over the past 20 months, THEY have divided the nation w/ the fear factoring/race baiting/etc. How can you say you are for uniting the nation when your words and actions don't show it.

    September 17, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    No, Senator DeMint, it's not the Democratic Party that is completely dysfunctional: it's President Obama who is.
    As soon as this president is gone, the Democrats will reorganize themselves and resume their work with some sanity.
    The Democrats got conned by Obama too.

    September 17, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. ladybug

    Jim DeMint, you are a sick man. You certainly don't speak for me so drop the "what Americans want" bs. Republicans are not worthy of governing as they don't know how. You are the party of the rich and the racists. That has been proven for decades.

    September 17, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. hobart

    The Republican party died the day James Carville appointed Rush Limbaugh its titular leader, and no Republican challenged the claim. You all have actively courted your fascist, racist, neoNazi, authoritarian fringe, and now they've taken you all over. Maybe those who aren't tea bagger lunatics will declare themselves Independents, or convert to Democrats.

    September 17, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Suzie

    Sure, tell the Dems to stop "spending" but don't call the GOP out on why we're in this freakin' mess in the first place! GOP....party of blame; no solutions.

    September 17, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    deMint is a right wingnut. From the south need we say more???

    September 17, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Why do these Neo-Confederate Fundamentalists hate Europe so much?
    That's all they ever talk about is how America is too much like Europe or more liberal than Europe. Memo to DeMented: Europe is part of the industrialized world believe it or not and our allies. They are fighting and dying next to us in Afganistan, so put a muzzle on it and get a clue already.

    September 17, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Dajackal

    Ummm...I wonder who the Republicans think DUG this hole to begin with ? Just take a look back oh...say...6 years ago and you will see a growing national deficit beginning to truly skyrocket. Put Repugs back in control ? Like putting foxes in to guard the henhouse !

    September 17, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. MikeH

    I'll take the "GOP dies" option. What the GOP has turned into is a neo-facist mob controlled by corporate greedheads.

    The GOP deserves to die for what it did, still wants to do, to America's economy.

    September 17, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Future expat

    I hate this guy. He and Sarah Palin will be the ones responsible for the sundering of the GOP.

    September 17, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    DeMint is always one of the first to grab a microphone and point out mistakes he "thinks" he sees by the Democrats but I must have missed all the opportunities he had prior to Obama pointing out the myriad of faux pas by "W".

    Anybody out there got a thread I could read from the eloquent master of pointing out mistakes.

    September 17, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. rafael

    Democrat party. Such a moron.

    September 17, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Orlando Patriot

    We are Conservatives first and Republicans second. What we want is very simple and what the founding fathers wrote into our Constitution. A government by the people and FOR the people. A government big enough to protect the citizens but then get the hell out of the way!! Big government spending TRILLIONS of dollars every year that they are taking from the private sector and spending on things that incentivize the private sector NOT TO WORK!!. If the Republican Party does not support Conservative policies started by our founding fathers then we will LEAVE the Republican Party and start another party. Just remember that........

    September 17, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. lordpet

    Jeez, the Democratic party isn't even liberal these days, and the GOP are basically saying the Dems are communist. No wonder the GOP establishment is losing to the Tea Party lunatics. The GOP has no idea what anybody stands for, including themselves.

    September 17, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Mitchell

    "The urgency for me here is the Democrat Party – and I know this sounds partisan but – are completely dysfunctional. They're the left of Europe."

    Left of Europe? Well technically that can be said for all of America depending on how you look at geography.... seriously, who cares anymore. Democrats are incompetent, Republicans are liars and the Tea Party still doesn't know what it's angry over. I'm done with politics, I'm done with stupidity, I'm done with being American because quite frankly, the REAL AMERICA died long time ago.

    September 17, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Santa Fean

    I wish the Dems were left of Europe! But, in fact, they are just like the Republicans in that they are both tools of the corporate powers that rule America. There is no difference between the two parties today. Yes, President Obama is smarter, speaks well and is trying his best but he, like Bush, answer to their corporate masters. Too big to fail? No you or me, just the big, big companies that call the shots today. See the Iraqi war if you want to know where ALL OF YOUR MONEY WENT. Oh and most is NOT accounted for.

    September 17, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. mtrought

    Now here is a GOP who may really have done the math. The days of the rich and their subalterns controlling our lives are over.

    September 17, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. carlos

    if you are called demented, that says a lot about you........and you are among the space garbage of the anti american party......sick and abnormal

    September 17, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. bettie

    Hey DeMint: You should attend the Rally to Restore Sanity, 10-30-10 on the Mall in Washington. It will do you good.

    Until then, best to refrain from saying stoopid stuff like you said today.

    September 17, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Hey Jim: What's going to kill the Republicans is letting the party become a personality cult for Sarah Palin. That's what's been happening lately. Sarah and the Tea Baggers are as far to the right of America as MoveOn is to the left. You want get anywhere by going to extremes.

    If you don't want the Republican Party to die, make a return to sanity. You can start doing so by endorsing Lisa Murkowski as a write-in for senator in Alaska. Because she's going to win, and you're going to have egg all over your face for supporting Joe Miller.

    Americans are sick of the children's game the two parties are playing in DC. We want adults that can work together. So grow up or go home, bucko.

    September 17, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Eric of Reseda

    It's just amazing. Bush for 8 years, Gop control of Congress for 6, and our country has been DESTROYED, adn this was AFTER Bush inherited a surplus and after 8 years of a Democrat REDUCING the massive deficit built by Reagan & Bush 1!!! How do these Republican leaders keep a straight face blaming Liberals for a nations ills?!? RANK & FILE REPUBLICANS, hold on to your core Conservative beliefs! But don't get suckered by these hucksters controlling the party. Don't be afraid to admit that, yeah, GOP leadership screwed things up after Clinton gave us 8 years of prosperity AND a reduction in the national debt. Not saying a good GOP leader won't come along, but your curretn crop is devoid of such a person! Our country depends on YOU Republican voters pursuing TRUTH, rather than using Libs as scapegoats falsely.

    September 17, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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