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Jim DeMint: Immigration Reform Will Cost US Trillions

Jim DeMint: Immigration Reform Will Cost US Trillions

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former South Carolina Republican senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint argued that implementing immigration reform as proposed by the so-called “Gang of Eight” would “cost…

SC Governor Names Tim Scott to Replace Jim DeMint in Senate

SC Governor Names Tim Scott to Replace Jim DeMint in Senate

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Tim Scott will be the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction, following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement on Monday.Haley named Scott, a Tea Party Republican congress…

SC Governor Nikki Haley to Name Jim DeMint Replacement in Senate

SC Governor Nikki Haley to Name Jim DeMint Replacement in Senate

Renee Ittner-McManus(WASHINGTON) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a new member of the Senate Monday afternoon, according to her spokesman, Rob Godfrey.”.@NikkiHaley will announce an appointment to fill the vacancy created by @JimDeMint’s re…

Nikki Haley Shoots Down Stephen Colbert for Senate

Nikki Haley Shoots Down Stephen Colbert for Senate

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley may have brought Stephen Colbert’s Senate candidacy to a halt with the click of a button.Rumors that the comedian was seeking the Senate spot…

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint anno…

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint anno…

Santorum and DeMint Endorse Todd Akin in Missouri

Santorum and DeMint Endorse Todd Akin in Missouri

Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(VERONA, Penn.) — U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following joint statement regarding their support of Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate i…

CPAC: DeMint Thinks GOP Race Could Go to Convention; Perry May Run Again

CPAC: DeMint Thinks GOP Race Could Go to Convention; Perry May Run Again

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — What did we learn walking around CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual Woodstock for the right, held in Washington, D.C.?For starters, don’t expect the GOP presidential race to end …

Sen. Jim DeMint: Mitt Romney Should be More Empathetic

Sen. Jim DeMint: Mitt Romney Should be More Empathetic

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has yet to endorse a GOP presidential candidate, said Friday he thinks Mitt Romney needs to work on his empathy.

DeMint dismissed attacks that portray Romney as a greedy capitalist, calling them “political talk” but he told ABC News Romney needs to better explain layoffs that occurred while he ran Bain Capital and express empathy for those workers.

“I know I had to do it a few times in my career and I had sleepless nights and it killed me to do it but I was doing it to save the other employees in my company and keep it going,” DeMint said. “If he doesn’t explain this well he’s going to see this again if he’s the nominee in the general election.”

Romney has repeatedly said companies Bain invested in went on to create 100,000 jobs but his campaign has declined to say how many employees were laid off during that time.

Any political attack ad that targets Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain “really bothers” DeMint.

“Successful companies have leaders who are willing to make hard, difficult, unpopular decisions for the good of the company,” DeMint told ABC News Radio in an interview to promote his new book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.

Sen. DeMint said he would not endorse a GOP candidate before Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, though he said he would not completely rule it out.

“The only way I could have been dragged into it is if we had two candidates and one was just completely on the wrong track and the other was moving in the conservative direction.”

DeMint said he has not talked to Romney in a while but emails frequently with him and with Ron Paul.

“I think he is in it to win or at least in it for the long haul.”

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