September 19th, 2010
09:59 AM ET
8 years ago

DeMint says GOP in better position to take Senate

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who has repeatedly bucked his party’s choice of Senate candidates this cycle, maintains he has helped the GOP's chances of regaining control of the upper chamber.

“I'll tell you this, the only - the only reason we have a chance at a majority now is in large part for the candidates I've been supporting,” said DeMint in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s "State of The Union."

“If the Republican Party in the Senate was now symbolized by [Sen.] Arlen Specter and [Florida Gov.] Charlie Crist, we would not have the energy behind our candidates anywhere in the country,” he continued.

DeMint has come under heavy criticism from some members of his party who say he has instead put GOP control of the Senate out of reach with his support of candidates who are not likely to win a general election in November.

The anger boiled over after Republican Christine O’Donnell’s surprise upset over establishment pick Mike Castle in Delaware last week, when one unnamed senior GOP aide told CNN's Dana Bash: "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."

Another GOP leadership aide griped to Hotline On Call that "DeMint is not interested in a majority - he'd rather establish himself as the leader on the fringe."

DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund directed money to O'Donnell's campaign and numerous other conservative Senate hopefuls who knocked off establishment-backed candidates in GOP primaries this cycle.

In his interview on CNN, DeMint also looked to the 2012 presidential race, saying he’d support a candidate like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“I'm looking for someone that's almost like a Governor Christie in New Jersey who's willing to tell people the hard truth that the federal government can't do anymore, we've got to do less if you want to save our country, and fight the fights against the union bosses,” he said.

“And so, I'm looking for a combination of Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill, and I know he or she is out there somewhere,” he added.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Maureen Murphy

    I think this is an example of a smear tactic if I ever saw one. Sour grapes. Can't let the winner win. Bring them down at any cost.

    September 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. vic, Nashville TN

    Sen. Jim DeMint thanks you did a great job split the GOP Arlen Specter , Charlie Crist, respected by republicans 2years back now they don’t have energy ?

    Let see what happen in November

    September 19, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. kd

    DeMint's an idiot.

    It would be nice, for a change, if the Republicans actually had candidates that READ the constitution and actually had a clue as to what it says.

    September 19, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems need to go. They are NOT doing anything positive for the people.

    September 19, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. a in austin

    This deminted man is only getting his herd together. Look at the state of South Carolina and see how successful this state is (not) – perhaps he needs to refocus his enery in bettering his own state. This is what he was elected for –

    September 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Tom

    What do you expect him to say, that he's screwing his “former” party. In a witless world the half-wit is king.

    September 19, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. a in austin

    Big, Big difference between what is being called a mainstream candidate and a main street candidate. Mainstream candidates have no clue what is happening. No answers, just what ever position dick army/tea party express have given them. Why did Odonnell cancel the Sunday shows? Just like rand....protect them from themselves.

    September 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Just Plain Tired of Stupid

    Jim DeMint is the King of the Wackadoodles.................I know so many Repubs that need help because they have become so delusional since the 2008 Presidential election

    September 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Reagan?

    If Reagan were running for office today, DeMint would Tea Party him in a primary. Reagan raised taxes, increased the deficit, believe in amnesty for illegal immigrants, etc.

    September 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Johnny

    The GOP has been taken over by the Tea party and their leader is Russ Limbaugh. DeMint and the rest of GOP have created their own monster in the Tea party. GOP is no longer in control and is being transformed into a extreme right wing party and is no longer the mainstream party of the past. You have sold your soul GOP and now you are going to reap what you have sadly sown......

    September 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Marie MD

    dimwit, the candidates you are supporting. What is it with the party of NO. They have turned themselves into messiahs. If anyone looks and smells like hitler it's this party of ignoramous fools.
    No solutions, no new ideas, just paying off their rich contributors and corporations.

    September 19, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Jilli

    Yep Mr. Demint, take the country back – right back to the Puritan days.

    Who in their right mind would want their country to move backwards?

    There are so many challenges facing this country – I don't think Mr. Demint can see past winning elections to actually recognize that. He doesn't have the answers – he's been a part of the problem for too long.

    September 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. ron

    The GOP has no plan for jobs, no plan for healthcare, no plans for anything. Ask Demint how well S.C. is going.

    September 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just look at this smug, backwards yahoo; a typical red neck Republican!

    September 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Anonymous

    You are correct Mr. DeMint. You can't have any of those mamby-pamby moderates in the party. You know the ones that actually represent mainstream Americans and try to work for the good of the country rathet than just the good of the party. The GOP is now symbolized by idiots like Sarah Palin and her Satanist protege Christine O'Donnell. Now that's what your party and America needs to advance itself!

    September 19, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. ruty

    Jim DeMint wants to keep giving the RICH a tax cut.–claiming it is a tax increase.He is full of it. Bush gave the rich a tax cut for Ten years to end December 2010. The rich are now belly aching and whinning that they are being targeted for a tax increase. Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama says it is time for the tax cut to end. Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is NOT a tax increase-it is simply obeying the law that Bush implimented. Got it?

    September 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    This guy is dilusional. What the heck is in the water in SC?

    September 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Republican for 48 years

    I won't vote for another one. After 8 years of a do-nothing Congress, we finally have one that's willing to make changes and do something positive to help this country get back on its feet. But that means we need to oust the party whose only concern is getting back in power. That's not only the bottom line for them.. IT'S THEIR ONLY GOAL! Believe me I get their literature. The Republican party orchestrated this financial disaster and now they want to turn around and go back to what got us there in the first place.

    September 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Snow

    The demorats scream about the spending of the Republican Party but nowhere do they scream about the out of this world spending by obama and the liberal demorats. If this was a Republican White House and Republican Congress the liberals would be crying in their milk about the out of control spending. demorats like moderate Republicans because they can almost always count on them to vote with the demorats because their votes can be bought.

    September 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. John

    The Republican Party is no more. It has been co-opted by the new Tea Party. Notice how the Repubs are moving more right in order to not get ousted by the Tea Party. Or should we say that the Tea Party is actually the Libertarian Party in disguise. Extreme rhetoric, extreme ideas and extreme loony candidates.

    Good bye Republican Party!

    September 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea party is termite in GOP it will eat the GOP

    September 19, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. anthony

    Only Tea Partiers/Republicans believe that picking Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Rand Paul as your candidates are good ideas. Then again, this is the same party that believes cutting taxes while there is a recession will result in greater tax revenue and lower national debt, even though job losses from the recession mean there are fewer taxpayers. Lower tax rates multiplied by lower number of taxpayers equals lower total amount of tax revenues.

    September 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Vote REPUBLICAN ! It's easier than thinking.

    September 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. leftover

    The Tea Party IS the Republican Party. Any notion they're different is just theater designed to give comfort to what few moderates remain who are willing to go to the polls…or cut checks to the GOP.
    They read from the same script written by Rove and Armey and they will all vote as they're told.

    September 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Tony in Maine

    DeMint is a national embarrassment – a throwback to the pre-Reconstruction south. At some point he's going to declare the Emancipation Proclamation null and void in SC.

    September 19, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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