November 14th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
11 years ago

GOPer calls for big change

(CNN) - A leading Tea Party-backed conservative called on Sunday for a major shakeup to the Republican leadership.

Now that the midterm election season is over, South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint suggested it's time to replace Michael Steele as Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

"I'm looking for some alternatives right now," DeMint said on "Fox News Sunday." "We need a strong national Republican organization to help organize the energy of the tea parties and the other citizen activism that we are seeing out here right now."

He said he appreciates Steele's service, but that the get-out-the-vote effort during the midterm election cycle could have been stronger.

"We were actually out-manned on the ground," DeMint said.

He declined to say who he would support instead, but did emphasize the need to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012.

"Going into 2012, we need a really strong Republican party to match the get-out-the-vote that we saw from the Obama machine last time," DeMint said.

After his visible role in the midterm election cycle his name has come up as a potential presidential candidate in 2012.

DeMint said he has no plans "right now" to launch a bid, but also said his views aren't too radical for a nominee.

"I don't think I'm far to the right at all," DeMint said. "I'm looking for someone who will have the courage and leadership abilities to come out and make the hard decisions that we need to turn this country away from a cliff."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. zekezz

    Senator DeMint is to far right for my liking.

    November 14, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. AnaHadWolves

    DeMint for President? Why not? The Republicans already have Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc all set to run in 2012; they might as well run Dopey, too.

    November 14, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whose racist now Limbaugh, kicking Steele not in the back of the bus but off the bus. Limbaugh is very instrumental in getting rid of Steele and like the coward Limbaugh is he called the Democrats racist to hid his hand. If you noticed the Republicans hurried and shut Limbaugh's comments down.

    November 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    dimwit go back to your backward state and stay there! I doubt that anyone from a southern state is going to be the presidential candidate. huckie boy was on Bill Maher's last show and they were talking about government interference in clean air act (same as secessionist perry in TX) and what they did in his state. Turns out that if it hadn't been for government studies, the EPA which they want to dismantle, they wouldn't have known something had to be done or what had to be done.

    November 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Robert

    Mr. DeMint clearly believes that he is annointed by God to lead us to the end of days,
    and he will do all in his power to fulfill his self made prophesy.

    What is a little more war, a little more torture, a little more poverty, a little more tranpling of the Constitution,
    when the whole of the human race is going to burn in Hellfire anyway.

    Satan's lackey in a Brooks Brothers suit.

    November 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Randy

    Jim Demint, "Can I get one of these here RNC chairman fellers in white you'all?"

    November 14, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. The Veteran

    Steele was out of place to begin with. They only inserted him because they felt the country was leaning for diversity, and they were trying to attract more minorities. They feel they don't need to now. And besides, people did not give because of Steele. I believe they didn't because he is black.

    The Republican party is full of hypocrites and Pharisees. They are some of the most crooked folks in America. And what makes them even more dangerous is that some of them do this in the name of religion. They are the exact opposite of Jesus Christ, whether they want to believe it or not.

    November 14, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Future expat

    The sundering of the GOP has begun, thanks to shameless, power-hungry demagogues like DeMint and his ilk. While this will be incredibly fun to watch, I have a feeling it will be immensely painful for the American people to live through.

    November 14, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Joseph Agunbiade

    You are not being truthful. Tell us your intention? Bunch of liars!

    November 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    I see our "esteemed" sen. is opening his big mouth again. Americas' biggest racial bigot! SCs' worst headache-even Greene would have been an improvement!

    November 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. mogdaork

    As a republican, Keep Steele and kick Demint out!! Kick our Palin, kick our Limbaugh and lets worry bout getting the country back on track and less about these twits who are killing us. Support Bobby Jindal and Micheal Steele, Megan Mccain and the core roots of the party, Fiscial Conservatives and Social liberals are the core and founding of our party, lets go back to that.

    The Youth of the Republican can no longer sit back and let this crap happen.

    November 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. S. C. C.

    DeMint is I pray and hope one of the declining Americans that still believe that African Americans should not be leaders.
    He has yet referred to Barack Obama as President Obama. He is more disrespectful than Sarah Palin – who uses
    disgraceful reports referring to President Obama. She too has never referred to Pres. Obama as the leader of this
    God is good at least we do not have that O'Donnell or Angle women in the Senate

    November 14, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Dan

    You people are hilarious. A man cals for the resignation of an ineffectual and weak leader and you accuse him of racism. Michael Steele's appointment was a pathetic attempt by the Republicans to copy the historical election of Barack Obama. Like BO, Steele has proved to be an empty suit. It's time for him to go.

    November 14, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Colorodan

    What's that?! Now we are heading for a cliff? Not when Bush was president and we were losing 600 or 700 hundred thousand jobs a month. But now when we have had 10 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Now, when the stock market is up about 75% since March of 2009 just a few weeks after Obama took office. Now when we have had several consecutive quarters of economic growth compared to the recession heading toward to depression that Bush left us in. If this guy can't acknowledge simple statistical truths, then he doesn't belong in congress much less in a leadership position.

    November 14, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    The Republicans don't need to get too worried about getting Obama out of the White House in 2012. The American voters made their intentions clear in the mid-term elections. He got in on a pile of empty promises in 2008 and he will be out as they remain unfulfilled in 2012. Under his leadership we have gone from high unemployment and a tanking economy to much higher unemployment, a tanking economy, a mountain of debt and a larger, more expensive government. Even the other major countries around the world have stopped taking him seriously. His is ineffective at home and abroad. The question now is really will the Democratic Party be able to nominate a serious candidate in 2012.

    November 14, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Rob

    Why is getting rid of Steel racist? He wasn't as effective as he should have been. Many of the Republicans didn't support Tea Party members, even after they won the primary elections. I think the phrase used to be "Cut off your nose to spite your face". The local Republican leadership should have listened to the people and said, "If this is what they want for a conservative, so be it. What do we have to do to help them defeat the Democrat opponent"?

    Playing the race card here is just like Obama's supporters calling everyone who disagrees with his policies a racist. Well, I am not a racist . . . I don't like the white half either.

    November 14, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Justin

    Nice to see he is concerned for the power of his party rather than the needs of the people.

    November 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. jannett

    yes, it was race that got him in and now it is his race that will be the reason for his removal. Steele has not been a week leader as evidenced by his historic wins in the this years election. He has been the tool of the republican party and now that they have what they want they want to get rid of him. Good riddence.

    November 14, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Powerless in SC

    Sen. DeMint is an embarrassment to this state. The Old Boy Network still thrives due to state government structure and legislative weakness. It will never get any better unless the people find a way to change it. Unfortunately, the beaten-down electorate doesn't seem to have the will. As a conservative, but no longer a Republican, I say let DeMint have his way. President Obama will be elected in 2012 if he does. It will serve him rightly. Senator No will be the only one who is surprised.

    Most potential leaders who could make a difference in this country will not run because of the way the system works. Unless true election campaign reform is made (as it seems to be going in the opposite direction), the American people are in for more waste, greed, corruption, and poor representation from their national leadership. That's just the way it is.

    November 14, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    On a few occasions I have disagreed with Senator DeMint.
    On the issue of Mr. Steele's GOP leadership, the senator is correct.

    November 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    How is it that a guy who represents probably the MOST poverty stricken state in the union has ANY voice in what he thinks would be best for our country? Do we want all of America to resemble South Carolina?

    November 14, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. RonC

    Demint is completely Demented and has always been that way. Those that voted for such a hypocrite should be ashamed. He is not a leader but a pathetic Politician trying to rule the world.

    November 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Edward

    Demint once stated that unmarried women and gays should not be allowed to be school teachers. I suppose the idea is that an unmarried woman that is sleeping with her significant other is somehow immoral. These views are rooted in religious belief yet somehow he states in the article above "I don't think I'm that far right at all". If he runs for president he's going to have to explain why he thinks that it's ok for the government, which he thinks should be small, to tell women what they can and can't do with their personal time.

    November 14, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. curtis

    I've been screaming that for years!

    November 14, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Ralph Boneillo

    Wait so they won alot, under Steele, but he wants to replace him. Now pare that with the racist criticism of the tea party... ok come on either bad timing, or something is a little fishy.

    November 14, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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