When asked if he would run for re-election for South Carolina U.S. Senate, Senator Jim DeMint said he believes in term limits.
“I don’t want to rule anything out and I certainly didn’t make any campaign promises, but two six-year terms in the Senate is plenty, particularly when we have some upcoming congressman like Tim Scott, like we have in this area,” says DeMint.
Although it’s still more than four years away before DeMint exits the Senate office, he says he plans to stay in politics.
“I don’t think I could ever walk away from it now that I feel like I can make a difference. I will probably continue to operate the Senate Conservative Fund and actually do it more aggressively because it’s very awkward, I have found, to run against a sitting Republican senator and raise money like I did with Arlen Specter,” says DeMint.
Arlen Specter is a former Pennsylvania senator who switched party lines from Republican to Democrat. DeMint raised more than $9 million from his Senate Conservative Fund to help Pat Toomey win the nomination to out seat Specter.
DeMint’s term ends in 2016. The senator has not yet explicitly said he’s not running.