The most measured Republican in the U.S. Senate, Jim DeMint (R-SC), says he is considering a run for president, out of respect for his many followers who are energeticallurging him to enter the race.
The second-term senator would have the inside track to win South Carolina, a key early state in the nomination process. Since 1980, every Republican who has triumphed in the Palmetto State has gone on to capture the GOP presidential nomination.
Some conservative activists compare DeMint to former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and former President Reagan, predicting he could quickly unify social and fiscal conservatives.
A nagging question seems to be “will Independents” vote for DeMint? Their option will be to vote for Barack Obama, and DeMint is both fiscally and socially conservative. What’s not to like?
Two GOP factions have begun to draft DeMint for a presidential run.
One is organized by Richard Viguerie, a conservative pioneer in the field of direct-mail political marketing, who helped Reagan win election in 1980.
The other is Conservatives4DeMint, which claims to have about 4,700 members and regional coordinators in 35 states.
I have the greatest respect for Senator Jim DeMint. He has been my first choice, and the only negatives I see is that he is not a rousing speaker and pithy one-liners will not be his strong suit, but when DeMint says something, it doesn’t need explaining. He hits the bottom line every time.