The Corner

DeMint Not Interested in Veep Slot

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a leading conservative in the upper chamber, continues to say that he will not run for president in 2012. But what about the veep slot? In an interview with National Review Online, DeMint says that he has little interest in being No. 2 on the GOP ticket next year.

“I have no interest in that,” DeMint says. To the potential nominee, he adds, “I would recommend against it. I am more of a change agent than a supporting actor.” Besides, he notes with a self-deprecating chuckle, “somebody would have to be pretty desperate to do that.”

UPDATE: Just to be clear, in case you’re reading the Huffington Post, the senator joked that “somebody would have to be pretty desperate” to pick him, not to be the veep. That’s why I used the phrase “self-deprecating chuckle.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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