DeMint: SCGOP Should Listen To Ron Paul
As evidenced by recent polling data, there is no more influential voice in South Carolina’s “First in the South” Republican presidential primary that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
Thirty-one percent of SCGOP primary voters say they would be “more likely” to support a candidate backed by Demint – compared to just 14 percent who said they would be “more likely” to support a candidate based on S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s endorsement.
(To read our story on those numbers, click here).
Unlike Haley, though, DeMint has chosen to stay on the sidelines in 2012 – which we view as a tragic waste of political capital. Of course every time DeMint opens his mouth to opine on the 2012 race it’s an E.F. Hutton moment … including his recent comments regarding U.S. Rep. Ron Paul being the possible conservative alternative to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“One of the things that’s hurt the so-called conservative alternative is saying negative things about Ron Paul,” DeMint said Wednesday on a national radio show. “I’d like to see a Republican party that embraces a lot of the libertarian ideas.”
Later, DeMint said that the GOP “needs” libertarian voters – not just to rise above perpetual minority status but also to infuse the party with legitimate pro-taxpayer principles.
“You don’t have to agree with everything (Paul)’s saying but if the other candidates miss some of the wisdom about what he’s saying about monetary policy … that will be to our detriment,” DeMint said.
Having already enthusiastically endorsed Paul’s candidacy, we wholeheartedly concur with DeMint’s assessment.
If Republicans decide to nominate an ideologically bankrupt, flip-flopping opportunist like Romney – they do so at their own peril. Meanwhile, they ignore Paul at the peril of U.S. taxpayers.