(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday morning endorsed Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and made headlines for his controversial comments on rape earlier this fall.
On Tuesday – the last day Akin could legally request his name be removed from the November ballot – the congressman set out on a bus tour of the state. His move defied calls from a number of Republicans and GOP groups - including his state's Republican party - to quit the race, concerned his continued candidacy would challenge their chances of winning control of the Senate.
(CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint made an apparent joke Friday on the tense labor dispute in Chicago's public school system, using a harsh word to describe those on strike.
"You know, we have had a lot of bad news this week. On my way over, I was reading another story about a distant place where thugs had put 400,000 children out in the streets. And then I realized that was a story about the Chicago teachers strike," DeMint said, prompting laughter from the crowd at the Values Voter Summit, a social-conservative event in Washington, D.C.
(CNN) - The conservative elite descended upon Texas this weekend, as some of the tea party's biggest stars stood with Senate hopeful Ted Cruz in his bid against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state's heated runoff.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum are all stumping for Cruz just days before Tuesday's election.
Washington (CNN) – Sens. Marco Rubio and Rob Portman, both considered top contenders to join Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, criticized President Barack Obama's economic vision - including his assertion that "the private sector is doing fine" - while introducing themselves to conservatives gathered here on Thursday.
"He needs to get out more," Portman quipped at the Faith and Freedom Conference.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was 'excited' about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.
While not an outright endorsement, it is the closest the Republican kingmaker has come to making his preference known in the race for the White House.
(CNN) - Two of South Carolina’s longest-serving elected officials said Sunday that campaign mistakes by Mitt Romney helped Newt Gingrich run away with the state’s first-in-the-South primary.
Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, a powerhouse in conservative politics, told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that Romney bungled calls in the last week to release his income tax returns. Romney committed Sunday to releasing his tax forms on Tuesday.
(CNN) – One of the most sought-after South Carolina politicians said Monday he would not endorse a candidate ahead of the Palmetto State's primary.
Sen. Jim DeMint, who has offered praise to all of the candidates in the field, said in a statement, "I do not have a favorite in this race and I will not endorse a candidate."
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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney has added two veteran Republican operatives to his small team in South Carolina as the state's primary nears.
And a super PAC backing Romney's presidential bid is now running television ads in the Palmetto State attacking the immigration stances of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, two candidates who hope their southern roots help them appeal to South Carolina voters.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will have a private meeting with Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday during a campaign swing through South Carolina, CNN has learned.
The two Republicans have previously spoken on the phone but have not met in person.
(CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain laid out his key criteria for picking a running mate, and detailed how he would go about selecting key advisers in the White House should he win the presidency, in an interview with radio host Steve Gill.
Cain even went so far as to name specific people he says embody his vision of leadership and who he would consider offering roles in his administration. Among the possible contenders are Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.