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From now on, don’t expect to see Sen. Jim DeMint (R) saying anything nice about the about the health care law Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) signed as governor. Sources in his inner circle responded quickly on Thursday to comments that were seen as a defense of Romney’s plan with a message of their own: If Romney wants DeMint’s support, he better admit it was a mistake.

Hours after DeMint’s comments were printed in The Hill — and written about on this blog - a a stern warning from a source close to the senator appeared a subsequent story in The Hill: DeMint would not consider backing Romney in the upcoming election unless “he admits that his Massachusetts health care plan was a colossal mistake.” DeMint backed Romney in 2008 but has not said who he is supporting in 2012.

The fact that sources close to DeMint were so adamant in their pushback illustrates how sensitive the subject of Romney’s Massachusetts health care plan is. If a prominent conservative can’t make a matter-of-fact comment that state Democrats played a role in the law without pushback, how much tougher will it be for Romney himself to make the case for his signature accomplishment?

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Senator Rand Paul unveiled yesterday a plan he campaigned on when he was running for the Senate.

Paul’s five-year balanced budget plan is a serious look at cutting spending and the size of government. This man is on a roll.

His fellow Tea Party Caucus members, DeMint and Lee, were with him in support and challenged naysayers.

 

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A source close to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) tells The Hill that while DeMint may have defended Mitt Romney (R) for the Massachusetts health care law that was passed when Romney was governor of the state, he is unlikely to endorse Romney as he did in 2008 unless Romney repudiates the reforms.

Said the source: “It’s obvious Jim was just trying to be nice to the guy he backed over McCain, as many conservatives did in 2008. But he would never consider backing Romney again unless he admits that his Massachusetts healthcare plan was a colossal mistake.

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Nuance.


The most interesting thing about this story isn’t DeMint’s original comments, which are quite tame, but rather the fact that his allies were sufficiently alarmed to reach out to The Hill and produce a quick follow-up article walking them back. So toxic is RomneyCare, apparently, that even Senator Tea Party isn’t willing to handle it [...]

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Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint came to the defense of Mitt Romney over the health care plan Romney passed while governor of Massachusetts.

The South Carolina senator blamed the Democratic state legislature for the ultimate plan that has similarities to the current health care law, including the individual mandate that requires all residents, with some exceptions, to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

But DeMint, who has become a national figure and Tea Party favorite, told The Hill that Romney’s attempts to make private health insurance available for everyone contributed to his decision to endorse him for president in 2008.

“For me, I think he started with good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democratic legislature,” DeMint said. “Instead of getting people insured, it was a government takeover.”

Romney has received criticism from other potential 2012 candidates over the plan, which is sure to be a topic of discussion if Romney makes another run for the White House.

Most recently, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called the plan a “failure.”

Romney defended his record in a March speech, explaining the law as a “state plan intended to address problems that were in many ways unique to Massachusetts.”

“Our experiment wasn’t perfect. Some things worked. Some didn’t. And some things I’d change,” Romney said. “One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover.”


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Sen. James DeMint (R-SC) defended Mitt Romney for the health care law he passed while Massachusetts governor, The Hill reports. Instead, he blames Democrats in the Massachusetts State Legislature for adding many of the features to Romney’s plan that many Republicans criticize.

Said DeMint: “It just depends on how he plays it. For me, I think he started with some good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democrat Legislature.”
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been receiving barbs from the right over his refusal to criticize the health care law he signed into law as governor.

But one prominent conservative is not so worried.

“It just depends on how he plays it. For me, I think he started with some good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democrat Legislature,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told The Hill.

DeMint, a Romney backer in 2008, isn’t following the lead of many conservative critics, who have argued that health care could all-but-doom his chances of winning a presidential primary. And it’s a sign that Romney’s strongest defenders could come from Capitol Hill. After all, conservative Hill surrogates would have some standing to say Romney’s health care plan differs from Obama’s in many ways.

It also suggests that DeMint isn’t seriously considering a presidential campaign of his own, given that health care would be a ready-made line of attack he could use against Romney, the early Republican frontrunner.

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South Carolinians for Responsible Government has produced a new video featuring Senator Jim DeMint (R–SC) on the importance of school choice. DeMint outlines the keys to achieving educational success not just in South Carolina but in the rest of the country:

If we want true innovation in education to reach the widest range of student interests, aptitudes and learning styles, we need to follow the model of other states like Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona who have made school choice for families a reality.

Uniformity within the educational system stifles children’s performance when they are not given the opportunity to grow. The “one-size-fits-all” approach is failing students nationwide. Families should be given the opportunity to choose the best possible school for their children. As Senator DeMint argues, school choice would empower parents and help better educate children.

Anissa Borchardt is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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Having played a kingmaker role in many of the most competitive Republican primaries of 2010, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is now setting up his own campaign machine for the 2012 elections that could rival the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to Politico.

“The buildup is the latest sign that DeMint has become the pre-eminent conservative political activist in the Senate, and he plans to push candidates whose ideological views align with his and the tea party movement’s — even if it sets up a major clash with the NRSC, which always looks for the most electable prospect.”
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Raju and Bresnahan:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is already building an aggressive campaign machine for the 2012 Senate elections, promising to push his party further to the right, despite angering many in the GOP establishment with his political activities last year.

DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund wants to rake in a staggering $ 15 million, which is nearly $ 6 million more than in 2010 when his political action committee raised more money than any other politician’s PAC.

DeMint is now renting a Capitol Hill townhouse for his political operation — just a few blocks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the official campaign arm for Senate Republicans. And unlike the NRSC, which plans to stay out of contested primaries, DeMint is prepared to be an active force, jumping into intraparty battles by pushing conservative candidates against moderate Republicans.

The buildup is the latest sign that DeMint has become the pre-eminent conservative political activist in the Senate, and he plans to push candidates whose ideological views align with his and the tea party movement’s — even if it sets up a major clash with the NRSC, which always looks for the most electable prospect.

Last year, DeMint had mixed success with his endorsements, helping some like Florida’s Marco Rubio win office but also getting behind some who cost the party a seat, like Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell.

In this election cycle, the South Carolina conservative has taken a more hands-on role in the operation, hiring staff, making phone calls for donations, holding fundraisers and meeting with scores of prospective candidates at the Capitol Hill base for his political operations.

DeMint told POLITICO his fundraising goal is a “big hill to climb, but that’s what we’re going to try to do.” And he said he wants to play a “complementary role” to the NRSC and avoid the kind of internal clashes that played out last election cycle.





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Raju and Bresnahan:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is already building an aggressive campaign machine for the 2012 Senate elections, promising to push his party further to the right, despite angering many in the GOP establishment with his political activities last year.

DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund wants to rake in a staggering $ 15 million, which is nearly $ 6 million more than in 2010 when his political action committee raised more money than any other politician’s PAC.

DeMint is now renting a Capitol Hill townhouse for his political operation — just a few blocks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the official campaign arm for Senate Republicans. And unlike the NRSC, which plans to stay out of contested primaries, DeMint is prepared to be an active force, jumping into intraparty battles by pushing conservative candidates against moderate Republicans.

The buildup is the latest sign that DeMint has become the pre-eminent conservative political activist in the Senate, and he plans to push candidates whose ideological views align with his and the tea party movement’s — even if it sets up a major clash with the NRSC, which always looks for the most electable prospect.

Last year, DeMint had mixed success with his endorsements, helping some like Florida’s Marco Rubio win office but also getting behind some who cost the party a seat, like Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell.

In this election cycle, the South Carolina conservative has taken a more hands-on role in the operation, hiring staff, making phone calls for donations, holding fundraisers and meeting with scores of prospective candidates at the Capitol Hill base for his political operations.

DeMint told POLITICO his fundraising goal is a “big hill to climb, but that’s what we’re going to try to do.” And he said he wants to play a “complementary role” to the NRSC and avoid the kind of internal clashes that played out last election cycle.





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Raju and Bresnahan:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is already building an aggressive campaign machine for the 2012 Senate elections, promising to push his party further to the right, despite angering many in the GOP establishment with his political activities last year.

DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund wants to rake in a staggering $ 15 million, which is nearly $ 6 million more than in 2010 when his political action committee raised more money than any other politician’s PAC.

DeMint is now renting a Capitol Hill townhouse for his political operation — just a few blocks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the official campaign arm for Senate Republicans. And unlike the NRSC, which plans to stay out of contested primaries, DeMint is prepared to be an active force, jumping into intraparty battles by pushing conservative candidates against moderate Republicans.

The buildup is the latest sign that DeMint has become the pre-eminent conservative political activist in the Senate, and he plans to push candidates whose ideological views align with his and the tea party movement’s — even if it sets up a major clash with the NRSC, which always looks for the most electable prospect.

Last year, DeMint had mixed success with his endorsements, helping some like Florida’s Marco Rubio win office but also getting behind some who cost the party a seat, like Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell.

In this election cycle, the South Carolina conservative has taken a more hands-on role in the operation, hiring staff, making phone calls for donations, holding fundraisers and meeting with scores of prospective candidates at the Capitol Hill base for his political operations.

DeMint told POLITICO his fundraising goal is a “big hill to climb, but that’s what we’re going to try to do.” And he said he wants to play a “complementary role” to the NRSC and avoid the kind of internal clashes that played out last election cycle.





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Watch out NRSC.

Senator DeMint is seeking to make more of an impact come 2012. He is trying to enlarge his Senate Conservatives PAC and raise more money, to bring in a more conservative

 

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The Senate Tea Party Caucus: Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Jim DeMint voted against the Republican and Democrat funding resolutions.

Senator Rand Paul, in a terrific speech on the Senate floor, called both plan inadequate in solving the budget deficit and explained why. He also called out Obama calling him “tone-deaf” on the debt.

 

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Senator DeMint is one of my favorite senators for a reason.

He is going after NPR and PBS, while saving the US Economy. He called out the democrats for their out of whack priorities, and renewed his commitment to get these two entities defunded in a savvy and hilarious press release.

Bravo Senator DeMint!

 

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