DeMint ‘Not Optimistic’ on Forthcoming Deal

by Brian Bolduc

Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) voiced fears that a debt-limit deal is far off on Fox News Sunday this morning.

When host Bret Baier, filling in for Chris Wallace, asked DeMint if tonight’s talks with Congressional leaders would produce a deal, the senator admitted, “I’m afraid I’m not optimistic. I think the president’s been gaming Republicans.”

“We will give the president his increase in the debt limit in return for some reasonable cuts,” DeMint insisted. He also asked for the president to agree to send a balanced-budget amendment to the states. “We can agree that it’s time to stop spending more than we’re bringing in.”

DeMint then chided Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, whom he accused of “playing chicken little.” The debt-limit negotiation was one we should “not rush,” he said.

When Baier suggested that the Congressional GOP’s continued resistance to tax increases might lead to a default, the senator rejoined, “This is the fourth time he’s asked for [a debt-limit increase]. And each time he’s promised change. We’re not getting any change.”

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