DeMint, Tea Party activists to attend 'Tele-TownHall' on nation's budget, debt
July 6th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
12 years ago

DeMint, Tea Party activists to attend 'Tele-TownHall' on nation's budget, debt

(CNN) – South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint – a major booster of the Tea Party movement – is expected to speak with activists about the U.S. budget and the nation's debt ceiling in a "Tele-TownHall" phone conference Wednesday evening.

An email to conservative activists obtained by CNN says DeMint will also discuss the "Cut, Cap & Balance Pledge," a contract that opposes raising the nation's debt ceiling without major spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment.

"This call is not just for leaders, but for all activists," the e-mail states. "Please share this with others so that they too can hear what Senator DeMint has to say about our financial crisis."

The e-mail continues: "He has volunteered to do this call because he wants everyone in the grassroots movement to fully understand where we are with this financial crisis and why he and so many Constitutional conservatives support the Cut, Cap & Balance Pledge."

Six presidential candidates have signed the pledge so far. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has not.

Earlier Wednesday, DeMint told CNN he is "disappointed" by Bachmann's reluctance.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Tea Party movement
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Tea for Two !

    July 6, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Ron

    Great! Maybe, he'll take a few minutes to educate his "followers" on the FACTS regarding our national debt. You know...crazy stuff like it was roughly $10.7T when Obama was sworn in; that did not include another $4T for the cost of the wars that W kept off the books; and the 2009 budget – the year Obama was sworn in – was created by W and friends. So, our national debt today is ...get ready... about $14T!!!! Wow, how did Obama pull that off? He came in with a $14T debt and has a $14T debt today!

    Maybe, Demint will also explain what will happen to the housing market and small businesses when government employees are laid off and can't make payments on mortgages, cars, rent, etc. Be careful what you wish for my republican/tea party pals! You just might get it. Hope ALL of your folks are able to withstand a lengthy shutdown, and don't need emergency medical (like surgery for cancer or something) that the fed goc was going to pay for on 3 Aug.

    July 6, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Big Brother DeMint is watching, prosecuting, judging, and sentencing you.

    July 6, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Ed Texas

    Jim DeMint – a major opportunist of the Tea Party movement – idea of handling the debt is the same as with his other GOP cronies: Cut taxes for the rich and big business so the bunefits will "trickle down" to the middle and lower class. This was tried years ago with devistating results. We can not go back to the Bush era tax benefits for the wealthy at the expense of our economy.

    July 6, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Hugo

    I guess there is still enough money to give over compensated Whitehouse staffer's their raises though while 22% of America is un or underemployed...of course remember America, this is a time to all tighten your belts....
    What a freaking joke....Fore!

    July 6, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    DeMint is the perfect fanatical person to represent a state that has a history of being so far to the right that they can't even see the middle or moderate.

    July 6, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    A "tele-town hall"?

    Why not conduct it via carrier pigeon?

    At least that is something the tea baggin' backwoods hillbillies are more comfortable with, altho, be careful, sometimes they do not like the message and so, they eat the messenger.

    July 6, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |