November 3rd, 2010
08:40 PM ET
12 years ago

DeMint on GOP future

(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.”

Filed under: 2010 • Jim DeMint • TV-John King U.S.A.
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  1. once upon a horse

    Hopefully the people of Alaska have come to their senses and will NOT put this Tea Party backed Miller in office. Once his dirty laundry came out for the world to see even THEY should have run away from him. DeMint might have to do some sucking up to Murkowski, but if she holds a grudge like she does against Sarah Palin he has a whole lot of bridges to mend should she win.

    November 3, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. A keen observer

    The Republicans haven't had a balanced budget since maybe the Eisenhower era. I doubt they even know how to balance a checkbook much less a budget. DeMint is just a demented crazy blowing smoke!

    November 3, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint I like what he is doing dividing the party

    November 3, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Hey dimwit, this is an election you are not in church asking for waterloos or failure for the President.
    It's obvious that Alaskans woke up from the half term governor nightmare and came to their sense by the time the 2010 election occurred.
    The more I hear about what they are going to do (except that they are not saying anything) and how they think the more I want to sleep like Rip Van Winkle until 2012!

    November 3, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Okay boys and girls, you won! You own it now! No more saying no for no good reason. You people are going to have to work and work hard! Messing with President Obama won't help you anymore. Because if you don't produce, he will win again. In fact, I just read that Ms. Palin may run for President in 2012. By George, I hope she does, I really hope she does. The smart ones in America will send her the way of Angle and O'Donnell. And, oh yeah, WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS THE GOP PROMISED?

    November 3, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    DuhMINT says about Murkowski if she should win "...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.

    So he is NOT willing to MAKE UP with Murkowski. I hope Murkowski CHANGE her party to Independent and then RUB IT in the entire GOP's face – Starting with "the PA'IN in the NECK!!"

    I still hope Scott McAdams would win!! If he got as much play as the two PUBS, he would have been noticed and it would have HELPED!!! But that would have gone against the STAGE the MEDIA set!!

    T'sah – Out of Campaign Mode – BACK-N2 helping President Obama continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to the 21st Century!!!!

    November 3, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. MikeG

    What I would like to tell you mr jim demint (lower case to show my lack of respect for a bigot) is that your interests are in a direct opposite position of harmony with the original statutes of our democratic constitution and more in line with the mores of the Taliban. Even the devil would refuse your entrance into purgatory!

    November 3, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Get ready, the party of NO is now the party of HELL NO and nothing will get done for the next 2 years. Congressional grid lock. The House Reds will propose it, the Senate will ignore it, and if it gets passed President O will veto it. We will look back on 2009 and 2010 as the "good ol' days" especially after racist Rand causes the U.S.A to default on it's debt by not raising the debt ceiling because it is against his Libertarian principles as stated in his victory speech last night and confirmed by DeMint in this article.

    That little twisted bit of logic will cause the Fed to default on the debt and that assures a world wide depression, all because one man can filibuster and shut down the Senate. We are expected to hit the new ceiling as early as March and as late as June, so not only will he shut down not only this country but the world due to his "tea bagger" principles.

    You folks remember you voted for this upcoming nightmare, so no whining when the unemployment is 25% overnight.

    Remember, you got exactly what you wished for by giving the neo-cons a second chance to destroy American.

    This time they will not fail.

    November 3, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. biggeorge22

    We are so screwed!!! You think it was bad before... Just wait...

    November 3, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. USMCvet

    "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."

    The Republicans promised awhile back that they would spend, spend, spend b/c that's what the public wanted. Now, you hear it from the horses mouth. They lied to the American people and stupid, stupid voters drank the Kool Aid last night. Get ready for more lies dumb jackasses.

    November 3, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    Jim DeMint has a brainstorm: “I think Republicans will say no.” Wow, there's an insight for you.

    "No", the substitute for thinking in the party that avoids thinking. Paranoid anger is the right-wing substitute for wisdom.

    November 3, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  12. johnkc

    When the republicans say no to raising the debt ceiling, America will go into default, troops will not get paid, seniors will not get their social security, government will shut down. This is something to look forward to?

    November 4, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. megan

    I hope everyone that voted this demon in get what coming to them . Just look and listen to him .there is nothing godly about this nut.

    November 4, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Well in a small state Like Alaska it looks as though Murkowski ( did I spell it write!?) a "right" in ( ha ha) candidate can actually eventually win against all the odds and the money.
    Can CNN explain to me why they have such strong support for the Tea party... you cover there every outrageous utterance, and clearly think they are new!? I just see the old and existing right wing Republicans who have been there all the time.
    Palin for President in 2012 guarantees a Republican loss overall.

    November 4, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  15. Aaron

    I hope that Murkowski is certified as the winner and tells DeMint to kiss her you know what. Raising taxes on the super-wealthy will help decrease the deficit since the Repubs can't name anything that they would could spending on.

    November 4, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  16. Peter E

    Yes, the same republicans who brought us mounting deficits in the last decade will somehow miraculously start balancing the budget... That will be the day!

    November 4, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. sky

    No more politics. lets get to the economy. 1st things 1st for all the voter who call them self Independents, begin a Independent means self-reliance commited to no party. Don't hide behind the Independent code and vote for the same. I thought we was pass all that. I was the frist person to send CNN a message saying that the Independents will get Obama elected tell CNN to fact check that. I see through the Republican- Tea Party and they will not fix the economy. There will be fighting amoung the Tea Party and the Republican party because they wanna take the country in different directions. Leaving Pres. Obama caught up in the middle while trying to fix the economy and reach the goal getting back to course witch is Solor, electric, natral gas and moving off OIL. Independents don't vote for crazies we see through crazy. Crazy is spending 140 million and don't win, could have put it to our national debt. Millions and Billions on ads for T.V could have went toward our debt. Health Care for all Americans, S.S for all elders who have paid into it. I just recived a call from the Republican Party saying he didn't care about getting S.S when he gets older. What is he saying he's going to be rich all his life and that he's not going to need any help in his life. When we saw with 911 and this economy that life has it's ups and downs. INDEPENDENT 4 LIFE Sky

    November 4, 2010 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  18. willie flpyd

    As a S. Carolinian I think it would be great if he moved to Alaska and represented Alaskans-what a gift to SC!!

    November 4, 2010 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  19. anthony

    The election in 2008 was an earthquake election too. If Republicans think that this is a permanent realignment, they might want to talk to Democrats about how long-lasting a congressional majority is. How do Republicans plan to deliver on its promise to cut taxes AND cut spending? With the deficit at 1.3 trillion and with Boehner's admission that restoring spending to 2008 level (meaning no spending started by Obama is included) will save only 100 billion, how are Republicans going to deal with the other 1.2 trillion? If Republicans can't deal with the yearly deficit, how are they going to bring down the national debt, current at 13.7 trillion?

    November 4, 2010 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  20. The Clear-Thinking Independent

    I`m old enough to recognize these comments as the same one some Republican had in 1980, 1990, 2000 and now 2010.

    They trot this out whenever they are in trouble politically but NEVER do any heavy lifting to achieve anything.

    President Clinto wanted a LINE ITEM VETO and didnLt get it. I`m sure President Obama would like the same but these GOP punks are AFRAID TO PASS IT.

    65% of the budget is Defense, Social Security, Medicare, or Veterans related. That`s where the cuts need to be to achieve anything meaningful otherwise, the politicians are just jerking us.

    When the Republicans will say, "hey, we don`t need every weapon system the DOD asks for" then I`ll believe in spending cuts.

    November 4, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  21. diridi

    DeMint, first GOP needs to prove in two years....o.k....people are keenly not take things for granted in is a beauty of Democracy.....learn....

    November 4, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. King

    We are coming into the holiday seasons and all people are hearing is spending cuts. People don't like to hear that they might lose their jobs and businesses don't like to here that they're going to lose customers or customers won't have enough money to spend because theyre worried about the repugs cutting their jobs, that will promp them to start laying off workers and that will have a domino effect, that means less tax revenue coming to the government plus the nearly trillion dollars the government got to pay the rich for tax cuts do any one see where I'm going. 2008 here we come. The repugs want to cut every thing and with the historical flagging the people gave the dems yesterday Obama have no choice but to go with the repugs economic disaster plans so so e are basically. How can you you cut jobs in a recession to balance a budget that going to take at least 20 years to balance. You have to creat new industries fool because the industries we had have been taken over by countries that produce the products way cheaper than we do. The clean energy jobs that obama wanted to create. The voters just killed that, throwing away millions of clean energy jobs furthermore distroying the ability to protect the environment.

    November 4, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Seattle Sue

    I rate Jim Demint right up there with Angle,O'Donnell and Paladino. Crazy!

    November 4, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Cosmo

    DeMint, your party has eighteen months to turn this country around , as prmisied, and if not you will have your own Waterloo or if you prefer, earthquake election. Good luck Jimbo.

    November 4, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    DeMint is going to have some serious "making nice" if he wants to get back in the good graces of the Republicans that he effectively spat at claiming they weren't Conservative enough to be Real Republicans! By the way, he and Senator McConnell need to be reminded that they are still the Minority party, and if they want to see their legislation brought to the floor, they better "make nice" to the Democratic leadership, too.

    November 4, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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