Friday was Senator Jim DeMint’s birthday and on that day he said he was “contemplating his mortality.” That was as good a time as any to ask him to reflect on his role as a powerful Tea Party Republican.
“During the last two years when even a lot of Republicans were trying to ignore the citizen movement, whether it was called Tea Parties or town halls or rallies, I was trying to speak to the people on the outside, ” says DeMint. “I was angry. I went against my own party. I took on members of the Republican Conference.”
Americans, he says, “Are tired of both political parties and they just want someone who will tell the truth and do what they say. I think as soon as I stop doing that, any national prominence I have is gone. So, I realize it’s fleeting. And so folks just want representatives in Washington who will speak for them, who are concerned and angry and ready to make changes. As long as I do that, I think people around the country will continue to stand with me.”
Today, Sen. DeMint, Iowa Congressman Steve King and Dr. Robert George, founder of the American Principles Project and a Princeton law professor, will question the top GOP presidential hopefuls at length about their conservatism and adherence to “American principles.”
This is not a debate, says DeMint, this is a discussion that will be guided by each candidate, not by the questioners. “We want them to define their solutions on their terms, ” he explains.
The American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum features Republican candidates Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
LISTEN to interview in which we talked with DeMint about how he will question the candidates, Rick Santorum’s criticisms about being left out, Romney’s change of mind and what he thinks South Carolinians need to hear….and how he will come to an endorsement.
CNN and SCETV will televise the event live at 3 p.m. and South Carolina Radio Network will be providing archived audio on our website after each candidate is questioned.