DeMint to GOP elders: Game over, pals. Insists conservatives must drive agenda

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January 27, 2013

Jim DeMint
Sporting his new hat as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said Saturday said that conservatives should not rely on the GOP establishment to deliver the movement’s message. He said it is time to take matters into their own hands.

Addressing the National Review Institute’s “Future of Conservatism” summit, Mr. DeMint said that conservatives must take charge of the way the movement is perceived.

“Conservatives have given the sole distribution rights of our ideas, our beliefs and our values – at least in the political sphere – to the Republican party,” the South Carolina Republican said. “We are on the outside looking in hoping they will take some of our ideas and adopt them. It is time to flip that around.”

Mr. DeMint said conservatives cannot expect lawmakers to run on their ideas if they represent people who oppose them.

So, he said it is time for conservatives to “take charge our ideas” and change the perception of the movement. He urged them to “make our ideas so persuasive to the American people that candidates for office have to embrace them in order to get elected.”

  • Tom Pate

    If DeMints conservative ideas of less government, lower taxes means they will cut medicare, medicaid, degrade our military and harm the elderly retires SS, and put in harms way the disabled and helpless of our society then I don’t want anything to do with his ideas of cutting our government down to size. I do consider myself conservative and there is enough waste and pork in goverment when cut can trim government spending and lower taxes. He can’t support the rich with less taxes and pay the bills of the government.

  • Paulette Vasey

    Term limits…have to get rid of “boomtown” Washington, D.C….or you won’t have a chance to penetrate that self perpetuating power center.

  • Jake Anthony

    Conservatives need to walk the walk…push to banish lobbyists, have term limits,flat tax,balance budget,reduce debt,restore family values,etc. Have the House pass these bills.

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