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DeMint Won’t Endorse Romney Unless He Renounces Romneycare


Earlier today, The Hill reported that Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) had said that “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices,” a statement that was taken to signal possible support for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Apparently not. From The Hill:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) “would never consider” endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president again in 2012 unless Romney repudiates the health reforms he sought as governor, a source close to DeMint said Thursday.

A source close to the conservative icon emphasized that, despite comments to The Hill indicating that Romney shouldn’t shoulder all the political blame for the Massachusetts healthcare plan, DeMint wouldn’t endorse Romney again unless he admits the plan was mistaken.

“It’s obvious Jim was just trying to be nice to the guy he backed over McCain, as many conservatives did in 2008,” the source said. “But he would never consider backing Romney again unless he admits that his Massachusetts healthcare plan was a colossal mistake.”


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