South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says control of the U.S. Senate after November’s elections is just as important as the race for the White House. DeMint blasts Senate Democrats for doing so little at a time of so many challenges. He says after 14 years in Congress, he’s never seen fewer things accomplished by a chamber of Congress. DeMint also accuses the Democratic leadership of punting critical debates over looming tax increases to a lame duck Congress.
DeMint is not worried about values voters staying home since the economy is dominating the headlines and the campaign messages. He contends those voters understand that misguided government programs are encouraging troubling patterns like rising out-of-wedlock births and that our national debt is a moral issue all by itself.
As a leading Tea Party figure, DeMint is optimistic that Republicans can win a majority of Senate seats in November. He explains not only where the GOP can pick up seats currently held by Democrats but also how more conservative Republicans are likely to replace fellow party members who are retiring or were defeated in primaries.
DeMint is clearly torn over the state of the Senate race in Missouri, where a golden GOP pick-up opportunity is looking much more unlikely. He calls embattled GOP nominee Todd Akin “a good man” but believes Akin should “consider getting out (of the race) for the good of the country”. However, if Akin decides to stay in the campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill, DeMint hopes Republicans will rally behind him.
Finally, DeMint predicts Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama. Why? DeMint says he “can’t imagine that there are 51 percent of Americans who can look at what this president has done and choose to re-elect him”.