September 17th, 2010
07:02 PM ET
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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. Peter M

    GOP is already dead. The KKK, now called T-baggers and the religious fundamentalists took over. They killed the GOP a long time when McCain broght in Palin and gave the Grand Wizards–Mitch, Boehner, Demint the mantle.

    September 17, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. LONG TALL TEXAN

    DeMint you are one cancer the Republicans don't need. So shut the hell up. Or I let Satan walk up and down your back. He's been newly shd. Did the work meself.

    September 17, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Johnny

    The Tea party has taken over the GOP and is an extreme right wing party. GOP is no longer mainstream, The Democratic party is the only mainstream party left in America. The TEA party cannot be trusted with the future of America.

    September 17, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    What word????!!!!

    What the heck has the GOP done except say NO and badmouth everything Obama has tried to do?

    Geez you people are stupid, and you will get what you deserve.

    September 17, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. waheid

    It's all a matter of perspective. DeMint thinks the Democrats are to the left of Europe because he is to the right of Ghengis Khan.

    September 17, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Old Guy

    Wake up DeMint. It is the republicans that have caused the majority of the present debt! 2 of the largest tax cuts in history with no off set in spending. An expensive expansion of Medicare with their drug benefit with laws forbidding negotiating lower drug prices with not a dime paid for. Two ill advised and mismanaged wars with no bid contracts, billions unaccounted for and not a dime paid for. A doubling of the military budget, A total breakdown of regulations in the finanical sector leading to a global recession. Now they want to add an additional 3.9 trillion dollars to the debt to extend the unpaid for tax cuts. Then again, the republicans just ingnore the facts and watch false news and everything is then the fault of everyone else.

    September 17, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Sean

    DeMint is a DeMoron, a William Jennings Bryan for the knee-jerk reaction set. The policies they promote would be the end of America/contemporary society as we know it.

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

    I think we may see what Jim Demint is talking about in November. The Democrats did not do what they said they would when they were running for office in 2008. Let's see how many of them keep their job in November. Maybe Demint is wrong and the American people will re elect the Democrats in November even though they didn't listen to the American people and do what they said they would when they campaigned in 2008. American voters are going to give both Republicans and Democrats their report cards in November. It will be interesting to see how that works out. Democracy is the best system in the world.

    September 17, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. sally

    What an incredible description of the Democrats. "Left of Europe" is as poorly descriptive as I've ever heard. Europe has had healthcare for its people for years, its taxes are much, much higher for the wealthy, Europe doesn't waste a bunch of money on a huge military buildup, nor does it pick wars with Arab nations like Iraq when they don't pose a threat. The death penalty is no longer used. I could go on and on. Demint obviously either doesn't know what he is talking about or he is a serial liar. This Democratic majority is more centrist than anything else and they have bucked the left wing of the party in almost every vote bringing on great criticism from the left who feel that Obama and this Congress are too conservative.

    September 17, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. D

    We can only hope.

    September 17, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. JD

    Republican Party? Isn't it the Republic Party? Or maybe just the Repub Party.

    When will these supposed adults in the GOP stop with the childish "Democrat Party" stuff?

    September 17, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. jay

    If we don't do what we say, too bad because they are not saying anything ,except give the rich more money and screw the poor.

    September 17, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    demented demint gaming for another waterloo against the teabaggers/gop merely for his own hunger for power.

    September 17, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Lt Dan

    No, were not "left of Europe," it just looks that way to you because you and the Tea Party are right of Attila the Hun.

    September 17, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Tired-of-the-Tea-Party

    Dear Sen DeMint - you are more radical than the democrats - both parties SUCK ... I hope you all lost your jobs in Nov (but hope the Tea Party does not get elected either ... as they are "right of Iran" ... versus left of Europe

    September 17, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. GL

    The news media, the Republicans, the far right nuts are all allowing the minority people in this country to be attacked by hate coming from the far white Republicans and you are all helping out with causing a civil war. Every news media have taken minority ‘s voters for fools, but in Nov. will we not let you and the far white racist in this country take us back to the uncivil life we have adored in this country. It is the media jobs to stop giving these racist Republicans all this air time to air their hate toward the minority’s voters. You all are guilty of allowing the Republicans party to attack his minority voter’s day in and day out. I can not even watch any of polically news media because of all the hate aired on these shows toward people of color. This made help the Republicans get their hatful racist base out in vote, but look at the long term demand this type of hate display daily toward people of color.

    September 17, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. kd

    DeMint is an absolute idiot.

    He's just getting on the kook bandwagon, hoping that they'll see him as one of their leaders since he's persona non grata with the mainstream GOP

    The Democratic party is what the GOP was in the 90s. It's the wacko Republican party that's gone completely loony.

    September 17, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Texas Progressive

    The Democratic Party is dysfunctional because of the political terrorism of the Republican Party. The Republicans have done nothing to compromise and absolutely nothing for the good of America. They have stone-walled initiatives they themselves crafted in committee. After they all but destroyed our country with the greed and pandering to the wealthiest American fat cats, they now fuel the fires of the radical right-wing. The Tea Party is a behind the scenes tool of the corporate leaders of the GOP – and a tool they may grow to regret using. A moderate Republican can't get elected if the entire base is comprised of crazy, Evangelical old bigots.

    September 17, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. OrlandoGuy

    Heaven helps us if this Tea Party crew gains power. Democrats and sane independents need to wake up, get enthusiased and vote against these extreme candidates.

    September 17, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. JohninTampa

    The DEMS are dysfunctional? Coming from DeMint that's funny.

    September 17, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. ANDROLOMA

    If Christianity can survive schisms, so can the American Republican party. Humanity usually gravitates towards using two-party systems in religion and politics in order to maintain their fallacies. This has been a historical mainstay.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Coherent1

    In 2008 we warned you that it was the beginning of the end for the Republican Party. Your house is dividing. Instead of putting those far right extremists in perspective, you allowed them to propagate lies. You know what the bible teaches about that, so there you have it. U reap what u sow. Harvest Time!

    September 17, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Tom

    "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,"

    Stop the childishness. Whether you like it or not, it's the DEMOCRATIC Party. Bash your opponents to your heart's content, but please stop behaving like an 8-year-old.

    September 17, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Djinn

    Wherever Dems are DeMinted is RIGHT of Ted Bundy. He is the most opportunistic of the Repugnican right-wingers. If REAL Republicans do not stop him he will aid and abet moving the party toward both Fascism and Oligarchy and the next war will not be overseas.

    September 17, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. Ronnie

    Thanks to the tea party(poopers) the GOP will fail to take either house in November!

    September 17, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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