Fresh off his appearance at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend. U.S. Senator Jim DeMint spoke with Greenwood affiliate WLMA as he looks at the ongoing primary season and the president’s budget. DeMint says The Tea Party and other conservative groups have been energized by the hotly contested GOP presidential primary.
DeMint says he is confident that the eventual GOP presidential nominee will be poised to win the White House from President Obama, but he is working to get more conservatives elected to Congress, especially in the Senate, to provide a buffer in case of an Obama second term.
AUDIO: DeMint says conservatives working to take the Senate and White House (:31)
On President Obama’s $3.8 trillion dollar budget, DeMint accuses the Commander-in-Chief of using creative math. DeMint says the president’s budget doesn’t lower the nation’s debt; it merely slows continued deficit spending.
AUDIO: DeMint says the president’s budget doesn’t address reducing the debt (:35)
The president’s overall budget includes smaller budgets for as many as six Cabinet-level departments, but also commits tens of billions of dollars to new mandatory spending initiatives and taps savings from the scaled back military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to fund his domestic agenda.
Anne Eller , WLMA Greenwood contributed to the story.