(CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has spent this election season weighing in on races across the country but now acknowledges he may be doing some making nice in the Republican Party.
If Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins another term and beats Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, DeMint said they’ll “have some making up to do.”
“But I’m still hopeful Joe Miller will pull off a miracle there in Alaska,” DeMint said on CNN’s John King, USA Wednesday.
Murkowski lost the GOP primary to Miller and then launched a write-in campaign. The Senate race in Alaska is still too close to call.
DeMint also addressed what he think Republicans should do about raising the debt ceiling when Congress returns so the government can continue to print and spend money.
“I think Republicans will say no,” DeMint told CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King. “Unless that raising of the debt ceiling is accompanied by some dramatic spending cuts, something that would direct us toward a balanced budget in the future, Republicans will not support an increase in the debt limit.”
Although during the campaign season he didn’t always back the Republican establishment candidates, DeMint said he has no plans to help candidates challenge incumbent senators.
“I have no intentions at this point of supporting primary challengers to any of my colleagues,” DeMint said. “I think you may see primary challenges if my colleagues don’t do what we promised as Republicans.”