September 17th, 2010
07:02 PM ET
8 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. Sam Clare

    apparently my beliefs are 'dysfunctional' because he disagrees with them. Can't he just respect that we have different beliefs without calling us – god forbid – EUROPEAN as though that somehow wins a debate in itself?

    Of course the democratic party's fault here is that its leaders are too scared to say "yeah. so? We hold beliefs similar to the european left just like republicans hold beliefs similar to the eurpean right. What's so novel about that?"

    September 17, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. AndyBlue

    Yeah the Republicans have a great message alright.

    Imprison women who get abortions, Deport Mexicans but keep all their kids, Get rid of Social Security, Give back free reign to Health insurance companies and wall street. Return the ability to put up "White Only" signs. Get rid of public schools and only have private RELIGIOUS schools. Forced pledging in schools to a God. Imprison All gays in the Military.

    And they have the gall to keep repeating less government intrusion as their platform.

    These republicans absolutely disgust me with their hatred. They will never get my vote again in my lifetime.

    And since they are mostly white christians the same disgust applies to them.

    September 17, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. blogmob

    DeMint thinks he is doing some kind of damage by not calling the "Democratic" party by is correct name, but he is just showing his idiocy, pettiness, dishonesty and contempt for his supporters.

    September 17, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Mike

    Oh, please do, please do. Wait, let me help in any way I can. The party of no ideas, no concern for the middle and lower classes and no integrity deserves its fate.

    September 17, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. USA 1

    What word? What promise? To destroy the middle class, the political center, and de-citizenize people who disagree with the Tea Party/GOP? To “take back” our country from your fellow Americans and punish them, because they disagree with your extremist views?

    To threaten 2nd Amendment violence against your own government and your fellow citizens who believe the government is doing what is right?

    Are you going to do to us what Hitler did to those who disagreed with his right wing extremism?

    Tell us! I want to know what kind of treason your are planning so Ameican can fight back!

    September 17, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. Misha L. Carmichael

    After the numerous outrages of the Bush father-son presidencies, and their snubs to party guidance, traditional Republicans are all at a loss. Since no national G.O.P. leader of any historical prestige has stepped out of ranks to take a lead, apres – Bush, as it were, we're stuck with the harsh, screaming Tea Bag cheerleaders from the lowest rungs and farthest geographical reaches of the party. I mean, really darling, Alaska.
    What have we come to?

    September 17, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. tochi

    An extremist who wanted to ignore the results of an election-wanted the president to fail so he could formant his extremism-this man is despicable

    September 17, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. D

    Huckabee today "A person with a pre-existing condition is the same as trying to insure a house that has burned down'. So I guess if you are sick, you don't deserve health care, it's why they want to recall it. Which means GOP takes power, 2 in 10 Americans are hungry, 50 million uninsured, no social security (how are seniors going to survive?) and no welfare for anybody. And we are to believe this is what God wants? You vote for these people, you vote for the destruction of this country, they have NO regard for the poor, and show nothing but contempt for those who aren't wealthy. Wake up America.

    September 17, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Aaron

    His comments sound right on track with the ultimate plan....for his and the Tea Party's benefactors, the billionaire Koch brothers, to take control of the GOP.

    September 17, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Susan L.

    The Republican Party dead? From his mouth to God's ear! That party is way beyond worthless. They were once a proud party of fiscal conservatives and social Libertarians. Now they are a party made up of an elite that has made hay with the absolute worst segments of society - the demagogues, the self-righteous religious crusaders, the racists, the haters - and now that that bunch is taking over the party (with Jim DeMint's help, of course), the elitists don't know what to do. Kill the party before the Demagogues completely take it over and drag the rest of this country down with that horrible party.

    September 17, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. Red

    Boy, this guy really lives in fantasy land.

    "Democrats are the left of Europe"?! Is he on drugs? BOTH the Democrats and Republicans are to the RIGHT of European Conservatism!

    September 17, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. rhumba

    May they rest in peace.

    September 17, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. carly

    Sounds like that preacher who warned that if his followers did not contribute to his church he would die.
    It is time for the sane/moderate Republicans (if there are any left) to take control back of their party or it will die.

    September 17, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Terry - Indiana

    The two party system has been dead for a very long time. The Republicans and Democrats all talk a good game, until they get elected, arrive in Washington, and the money starts to pour in from Corporate America. We hear them talk about "the other side of the aisle" but in reality, they are all in the pockets of Pharmaceutical, Healthcare Insurance, Wall Street Banking, Defense Contractors, and hundreds more. Each year, all of the Democrats and Republicans rake in over $1.5 million in campaign donations from Corporate America and their lobbyists. They are told how to vote. Everyone seems upset about the new Healthcare Bill, but you really need to research how much money each member of the House and Senate received from Healthcare Insurance Companies. We are watching the game, and the loser is the American People.

    September 17, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. FedUpRepublican

    “I know this sounds partisan but…” Really? Who would ever say Jim DeMint is partisan? This arrogant egotistical prig will be the one solely responsible for leading the Republican Party into obscurity. Much like Gingrich, DeMint’s over inflated ego will eventually lead to his downfall, and his overreaching will result in his own personal journey into obscurity. And that will be day for all Americans to celebrate.

    September 17, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. ingrid

    DeMint is a screw ball.

    September 17, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. MaryAnn in VA

    The republican party is already dead in my view. I am an independent who has voted for both parties. The Tea Party and some of it's representatives have soured me on the republican party for the foreseeable future. Political discourse is healthy, but the silence of the majority of repubilcans on some of the tea party folks and their tea party agenda makes me see the republican party is lost. I hope u guys find a way to reclaim your party from the far right wackos the same way the democrats have to reclaim thier party from the far left wackos. In general, from no on it appears the choice will be for the lesser of 2 evils.

    September 17, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. Robert Moses

    Damned if they do, damned if they don't. demint better ope republican'ts don't get control of either house. If they do they can no longer just lie about the president and say no and then go home. If they enact the policies they want to do to us, the tea-haidists willhave to explain why they hate America because those policies wil kill the recovery that President Obama has nurtured. If they don't follow the insane tea-hadist agenda then the tea-hadis will wage tea-had against them and that will be it.

    The republicons took the Koch and Armey cash and unleashed the lunatic fringe that has been part of the republicon fold but always kept chained in the attic and fed fish heads and water. Now that the monster is free it will destory everything including the gop unless they find a way to coax it back into the attic – but even then the damage to the nation from the tea-hadists is already great since the republicons have been acting less and less responsibly – even for republicons – since they live in mortal terror of the tea-hadist monester.

    September 17, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. zack

    Sure we can stop the spending,borrowing,dept,takeovers.Close the government like in 1995,and keep it closed.That would de-mint washington!

    September 17, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Rick

    Of course, the GOP will not tell the truth. It never does.

    September 17, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. ChrisMN

    This guy doesn't get it at all. I've been to Europe and studied politics there. Our democratic party would be centrist/to the right in most European political circles. Especially when it comes to issues like healthcare, taxes, social programs, civil/human rights etc.

    September 17, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. Jon Stephens

    The tea party people are the kind who flunked my algebra 1 classes. Mainline Republicans are driven by greed. A pathetic lot.

    September 17, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Sally

    So Democrats are responsible for all the ills in this country? Really? Are Republican lawmakers taking NO responsibility for anything? Of course not, because they operate under the illusion that if they blame it all on the left, say no to everything, even things they supported before the President agreed, and make sure to equate progressives with the big bad people of Europe, the frightened little, angry at government tea party will fall in line behind him with their guns and their Bibles, like good little soldiers. He doesn't get that they do not want to be told who to vote for. I think these folks are smarter than that. And I pray that these radical candidates will motivate Dems to get out and vote like never before. Stop the lies, on your record. We are proud to run on ours.

    September 17, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  24. Richard Croker

    Why would a new Republican majority keep its word this time when they didn't last time. If you will recall they controlled the White House and both houses of Congress for 6 years and ran up mind-boggling deficits and brought the banking and financial systems to defcon 5!

    September 17, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    DeMint is a spokesman for big business interests (mostly foreign owned), but has convinced many that he is on the side of the common American. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    September 17, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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