DeMint Now Considering GOP Run Due To Weak Field Staff
Posted: Jun 01, 2011 2:39 PM
DeMint Now Considering GOP Run Due To Weak Field
Those Republicans who don’t like the current conservative entrants in the presidential race may soon have another option. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says he is thinking about joining the fray.

Conservative activists are urging him to run, and he’s discussing the issue with his wife, DeMint told The Hill. He says he will pray about the decision in deference to all those who back him.

DeMint, one of the strongest tea partyers around, had earlier signaled that he wouldn’t run. But many Republican conservatives complain that among the crop of definite and likely candidates, there isn’t anyone on the right who can beat President Barack Obama.

“It’s humbling,” DeMint tells The Hill. “Out of respect for the people who have asked us to think about this, that’s what we’re going to do. I don’t want to imply that I’m changing in mind, but I want to consider what all these folks are doing.”

Some conservatives see DeMint as a combination of former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, a fiery conservative, and iconic ex-President Ronald Reagan. Supporters view him as one of the few Republicans who can attract support from both social and fiscal conservatives.

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