(Thanks to O. Kay Henderson of Learfield network, Radio Iowa, for contributing to this report)
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says he is not running for president, but he got top billing this weekend as keynote speaker at a pre-presidential caucus event, Iowa’s Conservative Principles Conference.
In the last two years, we saw the power in America slip out of the hands of Washington politicians back into the hands of the American people. And there’s no group of people that hold more of that power than the people here in Iowa who are going to help us pick the right candidate for president in the next election.
DeMint said he’s inspired by the people who were at the conference, and inspired by those who are there to listen and talk and share ideas.
And the inspiration today that’s for me, and I hope you’re getting the same thing out of it, those consensus values, that you know made this country great, that you know are still prevalent all across this country, and that would make this country as great as it’s ever been or even greater, if the government would just get out of the way.
DeMint says the power in this country should be in the hands of the people.
I don’t hear a lot in congress about the Constitution, about limited government. I don’t hear enough about the values and ideals that made this country great. Congress seems to be more about expediency, what can we compromise on, not what those real values are.
Iowa and South Carolina hold two key GOP primaries in choosing the party’s next candidate for president. DeMint, who funds conservative candidate races, has not picked a favorite yet.