Implications of Sen. DeMint's move to Heritage
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:22
- Date Dec 6, 2012
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For the reelection of President Obama.
He was a very clear message that we need to do -- conservatives could convince a person.
Consumer ideas are going to help them and their futures.
Honestly believe I can do a lot more on the outside.
-- I can millions.
Well senator -- senate is set as much here on -- leaving the senate in January show South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will appoint.
There actually representative Tim Scott is the favorite there represented from Charleston.
Demand we don't know who the governor will choose.
But why didn't it left and going to The Heritage Foundation has an interest sting surprising choice -- back with the panel.
-- -- -- -- We're here to -- me this is what happened when parties lose when it doesn't look good they you know they picked up all these seats in the senate in 2010.
Went backward in 2012 doesn't look great going forward and some of the leading lights -- start looking at other things and and this is certainly that that is the case with immense heat I asked him after your interview here I asked him as it -- would would you have done this if Republicans had won control of the senate.
And he said wolf we control the senate and Romney were president.
It would be a different question altogether.
One you know some people.
Were critical saying -- did it for the money you know believe in satin and as far as saying that being in the minority is kind of -- -- Others say this is a brilliant move and he can really influence -- party Erick Erickson of red state dot -- said this quote.
Jim diminished power in the conservative movement just grew exponentially.
A man who was going to retire in four years anyway we'll now be leading the conservative movement.
From its base of operations for years to come.
-- -- I think that's true I think that by taking over heritage he.
Has now access to money in terms.
Major donors to the party in a way that could be.
Critical to that defining the future of the party into people who are seeking power to ideas heritage is a font of ideas.
For the conservative movement and also I think that you know the Tea Party which I think is struggling right now.
They like Jim -- never listen to Jim dement so -- -- -- has positioned himself very.
I think very acutely here at that the question for me I think this is what Byron was talking about -- just surprised that you would give up power in terms of an elected seat.
In the US senate that those don't come along often.
The idea that mr.
Scott might get the -- a black Republican may be only.
Black person income.
Because senate that's a phenomenal step too but we'll see how this plays out but you know justices shock I think everybody that Jim -- Would voluntarily leave the senate -- nice -- Start while I was as surprised as so -- environment where and you run and people watching us now but I agree with one of Byron and Erick Ericsson Jim dement.
Is a classic traditional Barry Goldwater Ronald Reagan conservative Republican on this George Bush compassion compassion conservative mealy mouth -- He really believes.
That the states have a role and in government that the individual is is greater than the state that that government should shrink.
Now the most powerful Republican -- -- he has an extraordinary number -- -- this is not an inside the beltway story this is a Jim -- is the leader of the conservative Republicans in the country story and they couldn't have been nicer.
More true to two core values or more articulate spokesman that they have as of today.
Well -- and found that.
You think that he's using this platform to possibly run for -- well.
Think I know he gave you that that very the typical humble and diplomatic answer.
But I think a lot of people when they they learn of his views and ability to articulate them will come to him.
And ask him to run for president he also will do something that very few other Republicans would do.
Bring the libertarians.
Back into the Republican Party he understands the enormous number of them between five and ten million.
-- from what poll you look at them and how many votes you you calculate.
And he embraces a lot of views that -- successful do you agree with one of the tea party's influence.
Has diminished significant because John Boehner is afraid of -- he kicked them off of very important committees in terms of the heartland.
I think we -- Republican voters want real Republicans.
They don't want middle of the road compromise users and Jim dement is a real Republican this is an extremely non us.
And so this is a very shocking thing for him to -- as far as the two point Tim Scott as the successor.
Just a few minutes ago we said no I didn't I didn't do it I you wouldn't talk about parts and I didn't ask I talk about congressional delegation came he clearly wants a successor to come from the current Republican congressional delegation.
But I I think there's a lot of momentum building already for -- got.