On The Laura Ingraham Show today, host Laura Ingraham asked Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) if there was a lesson for the Republican party in the rise of Rep. Ron Paul (R., Tex.). DeMint replied:
I’m glad you asked about that because I think one of the things that have hurt the so-called conservative alternative is saying derogatory things about Ron Paul. I don’t agree with him on everything, but he is right about the out-of-control and unaccountable Federal Reserve. He’s right about the need for limited constitutional government and the importance of individual liberty. And I really think the Republican who is going to win this thing—if the capture some of what Ron Paul’s talking about for years.
Ingraham followed up by asking, “Couldn’t you make the argument, senator, that the establishment mentality in the Republican party that rebranded itself compassionate or American Greatness Conservatism, and now it’s being called big government conservatism — it kind of created this Ron Paul boomlet? I mean it created by extending itself militarily perhaps and extending its spending way beyond its means.”
DeMint agreed, “Yes. You’re exactly right. And if Republicans don’t embrace a lot of these ideas we’re going to end up with a third party that essentially guarantees that the Democrats are going to win.”
Later, DeMint defended Mitt Romney against allegations by Newt Gingrich’s campaign that many of his actions as governor of Massachusetts were pro-choice. “Believe it or not: It’s the same kind of ad they ran against me when I first ran for Congress,” DeMint said. “I was not supposedly the conservative in the race. I don’t think that’s healthy right now. I think its fine to point out people’s records, but the only way we’re going to win the battle for life is to convince a lot of people that used to be pro-choice to be pro-life.” Listen to the audio below.