Sen. Jim DeMint told a crowd of supporters Friday evening that he will continue to recruit like-minded Conservatives across the nation to run for Congress and pastors to join the fight to “take our country back.”
During his roughly 45-minute speech during a Greater Freedom Rally at First Baptist North Spartanburg, DeMint said he's become an outcast in Washington — most recently standing up against a $400,000 congressional earmark to study dredging the port of Charleston. It's an earmark that his colleague Sen. Lindsay Graham supports and a stand that South Carolina chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree said convinced her to enter the congressional race as a write-in candidate.
The Democratic candidate for DeMint's seat is Alvin Greene. DeMint said supporting the earmark is like an alcoholic only wanting one more drink and afterward saying he has quit.
DeMint received overwhelming applause when he told the crowd of a few hundred people that he was in the doghouse in Washington. He said he's disliked in the Capitol, but when he gets off planes across the country, people stop and tell him they're praying for him and he has their support.
DeMint said he's supporting candidates such as Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey, Florida Republican nominee Marco Rubio and Kentucky GOP nominee Rand Paul, among others. They, DeMint said, will demand a stop to “reckless government spending” and fight to repeal “Obama-care.” They'll talk about principles and pro-life issues and will fight to keep marriage between a man and a woman, he said.
DeMint predicted an “earthquake” on Nov. 2 and said that likely won't be the end of the change. “People are beginning to see that there's no way we can pay the interest on our debt and every week, we're borrowing money to pay the debt we have and are creating new programs that are costing more money,” he said. “Hopefully in 2012, we'll make headway to repeal some of the things we've done, because politics only works when we're realigned with our Savior.”
The U.S. Constitution, he said, puts the people in charge, and crowds are becoming involved because they want spending stopped.
DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn't be in the classroom.
“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down. They don't want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.” (emphasis mine)
Duncan residents Mike and Sheila Tate said they were encouraged by DeMint's speech. “He's a great leader for this area because he share our concerns, our values and he's not afraid to speak up — even when it looks like everyone else is against him,” Mike Tate said. The Greater Freedom Rally was sponsored by the CEO Roundtable of South Carolina — a political action committee with the goal to close the chasm between “economic and social conservatives.”
This is all over my Twitter feed today and I feel compelled to comment. Back in 2004, when I was
young and brainwashed more conservative than now, DeMint made these SAME COMMENTS. And now it is six years later, he hasn't learned better, the voters haven't learned better....I am just at a loss for words.