Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., on Wednesday said that the strategy behind his and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsements of some of the most conservative, tea party-friendly Republican candidates this year is to remake their party and restore it to its former greatness.
DeMint told Fox News' Sean Hannity, "what we're trying to do in this election is reshape the Republican Party where it began - a limited government party, less taxes, less spending."
The first-term senator and former congressman said, "what I've tried to do, and others like Sarah Palin have tried to do, is give Republicans and Americans good choices in the primaries so that on Election Day they can go out and not just vote against someone; they can vote for someone." […]
DeMint also gave crucial early backing to Christine O'Donnell, who scored a shocking primary victory over Delaware congressman and former Gov. Michael Castle, a political powerhouse who has held five different elective offices in the state going back to the 1960s; former Florida House of Representatives Speaker Marco Rubio, who has surged into a comfortable lead over ex-GOP Gov. Charlie Crist; and former Rep. Pat Toomey, who holds a slim lead over Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania. […]
"Again, I don't want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican Party betray the trust of the American people again," said DeMint, who is expected to cruise to an easy re-election himself next month.
"I mean, we had the White House; we had a majority in the House and the Senate. And we voted for more spending and more earmarks. Most of our senior members seemed to be focused on taking home the bacon - I'm not gonna be in a Republican Party like that." […]
The staunchly pro-life DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund is running a new TV ad in Alaska attacking Lisa Murkowski for supporting taxpayer-funded abortions. DeMint called on the Senate Republican Conference to remove Murkowski from her post as ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, because of her decision to run as a write-in after losing the GOP nomination.
Murkowski was first appointed to the Senate by her father, scandal-plagued former Gov. Frank Murkowski, who was beaten by Palin in the GOP primary in 2006.
Newsmax DeMint: He and Palin Reshaping GOP By Theodore Kettle