Senator Jim DeMint tells The Brody File that he feels like an outcast in his party and it “gets intimidating” but says he’s “not here to win the favor of my colleagues.”
He also takes issue with leadership on earmarks.
DeMint is a MAJOR player in 2010. He’s the one Senator who has truly decided to stick his neck out on the line and go to bat for conservative Republican primary challengers. He’s basically putting his PAC money and political weight behind lesser known candidates and doesn’t care too much what the RNC and SRCC think. That’s called earning his “Tea Party Props”
David Brody: “Do you feel at times like an outcast?”
Senator Jim DeMint: “Oh yeah. I feel very much like an outcast here.”
Senator Jim DeMint: “It’s out of character for me. I’d rather be a team player. I have been for years up here but I’ve really seen my party over the last two elections just really blow it.”
Senator Jim DeMint: “It bothers me that some in our leadership think their job is to take money home to their states, bring home the bacon.”
Senator Jim DeMint: “It gets intimidating up here sometimes but I get so much support out around the country that it’s more than all set. When I go out across America and back to South Carolina I get a lot of standing ovations just for fighting, not necessarily winning and that makes me think I’m on the right track because I’m not here to win the favor of my colleagues. I hope I’m here to represent people all across the country.”