WTF ~ Et Tu DeMint?Submitted by SantaClauseIsComing on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 09:59
No mention of his good friend Ron Paul.
There's going to be major "BlowBlack."
DeMint May Endorse Romney
By David M. Drucker, Roll Call, Oct. 17, 2011
Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.
DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator's private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.
As DeMint considers whom to endorse — or whether to endorse at all — he said he wants to hear more from all of the candidates regarding their views on the Congressional appropriations process, the super committee and what Washington should do to balance the federal budget. The Senator said candidates have not been specific enough on those issues. "They have not been real out front," he said.
DeMint is "real impressed" with Cain, calling him a "business guy" with a plan that "he's sticking to, and I think that's good." DeMint noted his relationships with former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), whom he called one of his best friends. Perry is the only top candidate DeMint has not met in person, although they've spoken by phone. The Senator said he would reserve judgment on the Texas governor.
But many Republicans still expect DeMint to settle on Romney, as long as the candidate doesn't fade from the race or appear too uncompetitive in South Carolina. "He likes to talk about Romney as the last man standing," said one Republican lobbyist with relationships in the Senate.