The majority of South Carolina GOP voters gave Newt Gingrich a huge victory in the state GOP Presidential Primary back on January 21. However that was followed up by big wins for Mitt Romney in Florida and Nevada, which was followed up by a sweep of Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado by Rick Santorum. In a recent interview on MSNBC, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says he thinks a good fight for the nomination is healthy for the party.
“South Carolina was one story, Florida was another. In the Midwest we saw a completely different outcome. I think that shows that the race is very close and I think that is good for our parry right now. All of the candidates are trying to find out where Republicans are, where conservatives are, where Americans are and I think they are all becoming better candidates.”
A longtime opponent of earmarks, DeMint says all the GOP presidential candidates are on message concerning the budget fattening practice by some lawmakers of “bringing home the bacon.”
“I think most of the candidates have come around to that point of view that this is not the time for us to be bringing home the bacon. That’s a big issue. Our country is in trouble and when you have 535 congressmen and senators who think they should bring home the bacon, you get $25 trillion in debt. That’s how we needed up where we are. ”
A powerful spokesman for the conservative wing of the GOP, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says while Republicans must be united behind the party’s eventual presidential nominee in order to oust President Obama from office, it is just as important that the GOP gain the majority in the Senate. DeMint says those newly elected Republican senators must be part of the conservative agenda to cut government spending and fight for a balanced budget amendment.
“It doesn’t matter if you get republicans, if they’re big spending Republicans and some of them want to return to the era of earmarking right now. We need a conservative majority in the Senate and I think we can work with any of the four GOP candidates who may become the next president.”
DeMint says people must remember that legislation and the budget comes out of Congress not the Oval office.
DeMint endorsed Romney in 2008, but has yet to endorse a candidate for president during this primary season. DeMint says he thought Romney was the best candidate in 2008 and he still respects the former Massachusetts governor, but he says there are a number of solid candidates still in the race.
“Rick Santorum I think is a great guy: strong character, a tenacious fighter and I think that is what people are looking for right now. If we ignore Ron Paul we are missing a big part of what the Republican message needs to be of constitutional limited government, individual liberty; and of course Newt is the one with the ideas.”
DeMint says he is aware that there are a number of Republicans who are dissatisfied with the candidates that remain in the race, but he says it is highly unlikely that another candidate will enter the race at this late date. DeMint says it is possible that the eventual nominee will not emerge from the primary season.
“It is very possible that we could get to the convention without a nominee, but I can’t imagine us nominating someone who has not gone through this vetting process, unless they all end up stepping on their own message, but I think we have some good candidates in this mix.”
DeMint says whoever emerges as the front-runner must be able to draw in the support of the other candidates in order for the GOP to go into the 2012 election with a unified message. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for the week of August 27 in Tampa, Florida.