Jim DeMint
American politician
Jim DeMint
James Warren "Jim" DeMint is the junior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading member in the Tea Party movement. He previously served as the United States Representative for from 1999 to 2005. On December 6, 2012, he announced plans to resign from the Senate in early January 2013 to become president of The Heritage Foundation.
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Jim DeMint: America is ready for a tax reform fight
Fox News - 3 months
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I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for over half a century. Every year on November 22, Americans regurgitate the debate over who was responsible for JFK's murder in 1963. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired. But the question of who killed Kennedy will never be resolved. Assassination buffs, for whom the JFK murder is a cult-like obsession, are locked into their views. Proponents of different theories argue and make claims, but they don't really debate. They look at many of the same facts and come to very different conclusions. Whether you believe the Warren Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman acting on his own, or one of the many conspiracy theories that ...
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Jim DeMint Channels Elizabeth Warren
Huffington Post - about 2 years
At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I asked Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint what issue would be his organization's top policy priority in the race to 2016. Striking a populist tone, the former South Carolina senator replied that Heritage would be operating under the banner of "opportunity for all, favoritism for none," in a fight against crony capitalism. The same theme has been taken up by billionaire oil baron Charles Koch, without irony. Mind you that Heritage is a think tank funded largely by wealthy, right-wing foundations and corporations, including many with ties to the Koch brothers, whose political spending is projected to surpass that of either party in the 2016 race. The founding of Heritage was reportedly inspired by the Powell Memo, written by former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and addressed to a friend at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It advocated for the business community to become much more politically active and is credited with jumpstart ...
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GOP Sen. Tim Scott Says Fighting For Corporate America Is A 'Trap'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was amused, more than anything else, by his upcoming cameo in a NowThis News video referencing the Netflix series "House of Cards." One of the next things on Scott's schedule that day was the taping of his short scene. The 48-year-old senator padded over to a couch in his Capitol Hill office and planted his shoeless feet, clad in blue-and-pink patterned socks, on a coffee table. He pulled out his phone to find the line that he had been asked to memorize. "I've looked at it once. My line that I have to remember, it's, 'The nature of promises, Linda, is that they are immune to changing circumstances,'" he said with a wry grin and a mock serious tone. Asked if he had ever watched the Netflix show, he said, "Never. I heard it was really good though." Scott has been a senator for barely a year. Only six years ago, he was a member of the county council in his home town of Charleston, S.C. Since then, he has enjoyed a quick rise to political promi ...
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VIDEO: Former Senator Jim DeMint ‘On the Record’
Fox News - about 3 years
Watch our interview from tonight’s ON THE RECORD State of the Union special and sound off on the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The post VIDEO: Former Senator Jim DeMint ‘On the Record’ appeared first on Gretawire.
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Former Senator Jim DeMint — joins ON THE RECORD to tell us about the TEA PARTY response to the SOTU
Fox News - about 3 years
The post Former Senator Jim DeMint — joins ON THE RECORD to tell us about the TEA PARTY response to the SOTU appeared first on Gretawire.
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Kentucky Republican Primary Heats Up As McConnell, Bevin Campaigns Hurl Insults
Huffington Post - about 3 years
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin on Thursday criticized his rival, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in a policy-oriented speech titled "A Path Forward for Kentucky." In the speech, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, Bevin sounded many of the same notes as McConnell in denouncing the Affordable Care Act and environmental regulations aimed at the coal industry. But he also took aim at McConnell's track record as a leader in the Senate. “Never before in U.S. political history has a sitting party leader lost a primary election, but never in our history has it been so important that one does,” Bevin said, accusing McConnell of supporting "big business" rather than his constituents. Standing room only at today's speech. Thanks for the great turnout! #KYSen pic.twitter.com/rbfyFWLeox — Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) January 9, 2014 Bevin is a tea party-backed businessman who is president of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell manufacturing company located in Connecticu ...
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I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for half a century. Too much of the discussion about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death has been regurgitating the debate over who was responsible for his murder. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired. The question of who killed Kennedy will never be resolved. Assassination buffs, for whom the JFK murder is a cult-like obsession, are locked into their views. Proponents of different theories argue and make claims, but they don't really debate. They look at many of the same facts and come to very different conclusions. Whether you believe the Warren Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman acting on his own, or one of the ...
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Why Hillary Clinton Should Not Be The Democratic Presidential Nominee
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The biggest problem in the U.S. now is corruption. The public know this, and are therefore unprecedentedly cynical about their government; they (as will soon be documented here from a Gallup survey) overwhelmingly view our government as being corrupt. However, conservatives accept corruption as the natural order of things, something that must simply be accepted, because the rich have the most property to protect and therefore (in the view of conservatives) the rich have the right to rule so as to protect their property (since they have the most of it). Furthermore, conservatives think that the rich have earned their wealth by selling what people want, and have therefore already proven their superiority -- they've earned their control over the government. In the view of conservatives, poor people have the least property to protect, and should therefore have the least say in government. The poor are also failures economically; nobody wants to be poor; and so conservatives are doubly favor ...
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Conservative groups seek control of GOP agenda
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation's economy and the party's reputation. Mainstream GOP groups — such as Karl Rove's American Crossroads or the party's formal campaign committees — question their more conservative counterparts' role, fed up by their outsized influence in shaping the party's current agenda. [...] Republicans suggest that not since the Christian Coalition of the 1990s have outside forces played such a sweeping, integral role in guiding Republican priorities as the tea party-led fiscal conservatives have in the ongoing budget debate. [...] divisions on display between the Republican Party's pragmatic and ideological wings — and their affiliated outside groups — carry huge risk for the GOP heading into the 2014 midterm congressional elections. [...] tea party-aligned groups already are spending millions of dollars callin ...
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Conservative Groups Pour Millions Of Dollars Into Anti-Obamacare Ads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
* Groups spend millions to attack healthcare law * Among the ads' targets: Incumbent Democrats * Obama-aligned group pushes back By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Buoyed by the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, conservative groups are pouring millions of dollars into advertising campaigns that portray Obamacare as a disaster and target several Democratic senators who have supported the law. The advertising push - further boosted this week by reports that the Affordable Care Act could force millions of Americans to change policies, counter to promises by Obama's administration - represent a continuation of conservatives' efforts to weaken support for the law. Turning back Obamacare is a top priority for many conservatives, and was at the root of a legislative standoff this month that led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government and ...
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Forget Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, in 2016 It's About ALICE
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Trying to reduce the complexity of an election down to a pithy label is a bit like condensing a symphony into a sound bite, but the story of future elections will, in fact, come down to a single name -- in this case, a female first name. No, it's not Hillary. It's Alice. ALICE is an acronym developed in a report for the United Way of Northern New Jersey. It stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed. ALICE Americans live on the jagged edge of the middle class. But by virtue of their economic situation and outlook on the future, they are becoming as distinct from the relatively more comfortable parts of the middle class as they are from those living in poverty. Americans have traditionally divided the country into three bands of income: rich, poor and a broad middle class in which, despite the protestations of statisticians, almost all Americans felt membership. But the distinct, cohesive middle class of the past is being cleaved in two. Last month the Census Bureau ...
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Fundamentalist Belief Grows Brains Incapable of Dealing With the World as it Actually Is
Huffington Post - over 3 years
  Fundamentalist belief grows brains incapable of dealing with the world as it actually is. Being raised in a home where you're taught from birth - as I was as the son of evangelical missionaries -- that the evidence of your eyes and ears is wrong, that, for instance, unseen forces are fighting over the destiny of your soul, that whatever science the local newspaper or your teacher says to the contrary, the earth is young and science can't be trusted, changes your brain. Delusion leads to more delusion, unless something helps you snap out of it. I describe my "snapping out" process in my new book And God Said, "Billy!" There I explore the roots of American religious delusion, and offer another way to approach spirituality and God that makes peace with a fact-based life. Religious delusion takes smart young brains and makes them unable to relate to the actual world. It makes them ready to believe anyone standing "against the establishment," since the fact-based community has alwa ...
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Jim DeMint: Conservatives not backing down on ObamaCare opposition
Fox News - over 3 years
Conservatives across the country are not backing down in their opposition to ObamaCare, Heritage Foundation president and former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint told Bret Baier Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
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Winners And Losers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same, here at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. Oh, I know, John Boehner tried to get emotional and proclaim "This is not some damn game!" but we all knew, on a certain level, that is was indeed a damn game. As well as a damn shame. The game's name is politics, and we've been playing it forever. But that doesn't stop us from proclaiming who came out of the mess a winner, and who now bears the loser label. So while you may disagree with some of these picks, here's how we see the lay of the land as things now stand (as we wait for tonight's late-night voting).   Winners Harry Reid The biggest winner in the last three weeks is none other than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid not only was the chief negotiator for the Democratic side, but he conducted these negotiations from a position of strength (for once). Reid initially compro ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim DeMint
  • 2016
    Age 64
    After DeMint announced his resignation from the US Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, speculation erupted that he would run for president in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details When asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he would've stayed in the Senate had Mitt Romney won the presidency, DeMint responded "I would have thought differently about it". Ultimately, DeMint never made an announcement and did not choose to enter the race.
  • 2013
    Age 61
    On April 4, 2013, DeMint started his first full day as president of the Heritage Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details The Washington Post reported that DeMint's predecessor at the Heritage Foundation, Ed Feulner, was paid a base salary of $477,097 in 2010 (compared to a senator's salary of $174,000) and that year DeMint was one of the poorest members of the Senate, with an estimated wealth of $40,501.
    DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
    More Details Hide Details DeMint was born in Greenville, South Carolina, one of four children. His parents, Betty W. (née Rawlings) and Thomas Eugene DeMint, divorced when he was five years old. Following the divorce, Betty DeMint operated a dance studio out of the family's home.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    On December 6, 2012, DeMint announced he would resign from the Senate before the 113th Congress convened in January 2013 to become president of The Heritage Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details On December 17, 2012, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that she would name Congressman Tim Scott to fill the vacated seat. A special election will be held on November 4, 2014, to fill the remainder of the term.
    In 2012, DeMint resigned his seat in order to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
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  • 2010
    Age 58
    On October 1, 2010, DeMint, in comments that echoed what he had said in 2004, told a rally of his supporters that openly homosexual and unmarried sexually active people should not be teachers.
    More Details Hide Details In response, the National Organization for Women, the National Education Association, the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, GOProud (a GOP group), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force asked for Demint’s apology.
    Prior to the 2010 elections, DeMint founded the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a political action committee that is "dedicated to electing strong conservatives to the United States Senate" and that is associated with the Tea Party movement.
    More Details Hide Details As of February 2011, DeMint continued to serve as Chair of SCF, which states that it raised $9.1 million toward the 2010 U.S. Senate elections and which endorsed successful first-time Senate candidates Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio. DeMint also supported Joe Miller of Alaska through the SCF. Miller was an attorney and former federal magistrate and the Tea Party's candidate opposing Lisa Murkowski the incumbent senator in the Alaska primary. Miller won in a close election, however Murkowski ran as a write in candidate and won the election by 39.1% to Miller's 35.1% and by a popular vote of 101,091 to 90,839 respectively.
    DeMint was reelected in 2010, at which time he became the highest-ranking elected official associated with the Tea Party.
    More Details Hide Details During the first year of his second term, DeMint released a letter signed by over 30 other Senate Republicans asking the supercommittee tasked with balancing the federal budget to do so within the next ten years, and without creating any net tax increases.
  • 2009
    Age 57
    DeMint voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He voted in favor of declaring English the official language of the US government. DeMint served as an informal advisor to Fourth District congressman Bob Inglis from 1993 to 1999. When Inglis kept his promise to serve only three terms and gave up his seat to run for the Senate against Fritz Hollings, DeMint entered the Republican primary for the district, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg. The district is considered the most Republican in the state, and it was understood that whoever won the primary would be heavily favored to be the district's next congressman. DeMint finished second in the primary behind State Senator and fellow Greenville resident Michael Fair, even though he didn't carry a single county in the district. In the runoff, DeMint defeated Fair by only 2,030 votes. He then defeated Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese with 57 percent of the vote to Reese's 40 percent—to date, the only time since 1992 that a Democrat has crossed the 40 percent mark in this district since Inglis recaptured it for the Republicans in 1992. DeMint faced no major-party opposition in 2000, and defeated an underfunded Democrat in 2002.
    After the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 in December 2009, DeMint stated that President Obama had not put enough focus on terrorism while in office.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, DeMint voted against the NATO intervention during the Kosovo war. DeMint voted to authorize military force in Iraq in 2002. In 2011, DeMint voted in favor of Rand Paul's resolution opposing military involvement in Libya. He favored preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons over a policy of containment after their development. DeMint has also expressed concern about various United Nations treaties, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Law of the Sea Treaty. DeMint favors legal immigration and opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. He has expressed opposition to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 on the basis that granting amnesty to illegal immigrants may cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars. DeMint identifies as pro-life, opposing abortion except when the mother's life is in danger and opposing research from stem cells derived from human embryos. He supports school prayer and introduced legislation to allow schools to display banners including references to God.
    In late 2009, DeMint criticized Barack Obama for waiting eight months into his first term as president before nominating a new head of the Transportation Security Administration.
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    In October 2009, after the Honduran Army, on orders from the Honduran Supreme Court, removed Manuel Zelaya as President, DeMint visited the country to gather information.
    More Details Hide Details The trip was approved by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but opposed by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. DeMint supported the new government, while the Obama administration favored Zelaya's return to the presidency.
  • 2008
    Age 56
    In a 2008 interview, he said that while government does not have the right to restrict homosexuality, it also should not encourage it through legalizing same-sex marriage, due to the "costly secondary consequences" to society from the prevalence of certain diseases among homosexuals.
    More Details Hide Details DeMint won re-nomination in the Republican Party primary. Democratic Party opponent Alvin Greene won an upset primary victory over Vic Rawl, who was heavily favored. Due to various electoral discrepancies, Greene received scrutiny from Democratic Party officials, with some calling for Greene to withdraw or be replaced. DeMint consistently led Greene by more than 30 points throughout the campaign and won reelection by a landslide.
    DeMint was opposed to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the bailouts during the automotive industry crisis of 2008–2010.
    More Details Hide Details He also led a group of Senators in opposing government loans to corporations. He supports a high level of government accountability through the auditing federal agencies.
    In 2008, presidential candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama co-sponsored DeMint's earmark reform proposal, although it ultimately failed to pass in the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2010, DeMint's earmark reform plans were again defeated. In November of the same year, DeMint, along with nine other senators including Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, proposed another moratorium on earmarks which was adopted by Senate Republicans. DeMint has also been a proponent of free trade agreements, advocated for the privatization of Social Security benefits, and in 2009 authored the "Health Care Freedom Plan", which proposed giving tax credits to those who are unable to afford health insurance.
    In 2008, DeMint formed the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee with the intention of supporting conservative candidates that may have otherwise been overlooked by the national party.
    More Details Hide Details As a member of the 111th United States Congress, DeMint joined the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In 2009, DeMint was one of two Senators who voted against Hillary Clinton's appointment to Secretary of State, and the next year he introduced legislation to completely repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Later in 2010, he introduced another piece of legislation titled the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, which aimed to require congressional approval of any major regulation change made by a federal agency. At the end of his first term, DeMint was appointed to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee regarding the impeachment of federal judge Thomas Porteous.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006, DeMint began leading the Senate Steering Committee.
    More Details Hide Details DeMint also served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    In November 2004, DeMint defeated Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina's education superintendent, to fill Ernest Hollings' vacated seat in the 109th United States Congress.
    More Details Hide Details For his first term, he was appointed to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.
  • 2003
    Age 51
    In 2003, DeMint sponsored legislation to allow people under the age of 55 to set aside 3 percent to 8 percent of their Social Security withholding income in personal investment accounts.
    More Details Hide Details DeMint was also the only South Carolina House member to vote for normalizing trade relations with China, arguing in favor of free trade between the countries. He also provided a crucial swing vote on a free trade bill regarding Caribbean countries. His votes led South Carolina’s influential textile industry to heavily oppose him in his subsequent House and Senate races.
    DeMint pledged to serve only three terms in the House, and in 2003 he announced his run for the Senate seat of outgoing Democrat Ernest Hollings in the 2004 election cycle.
    More Details Hide Details The Washington Post and The Christian Post have described DeMint as a "staunch conservative", based on his actions during his time in the House. He broke rank with his party and powerful state interests several times: DeMint was one of 34 Republicans to oppose President Bush’s No Child Left Behind program and one of 25 to oppose Medicare Part D. He sought to replace No Child Left Behind with a state-based block-grant program for schools. DeMint also worked to privatize Social Security by allowing the creation of individual investment accounts in the federal program.
  • 1999
    Age 47
    DeMint was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999 and served South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District until 2005, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details His peers elected him to be president of his GOP freshman class.
  • 1998
    Age 46
    In 1998, Inglis ran for the U.S. Senate, and DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis’ old seat.
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  • 1992
    Age 40
    DeMint’s first involvement in politics began in 1992, when he was hired by Republican Representative Bob Inglis in his campaign for South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.
    More Details Hide Details Inglis defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Liz J. Patterson, and DeMint performed message-testing and marketing for Inglis through two more successful elections.
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In 1983, he founded The DeMint Group, a research firm with businesses, schools, colleges, and hospitals as clients.
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  • 1981
    Age 29
    DeMint joined his father-in-law’s advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    DeMint was educated at Christ Church Episcopal School and Wade Hampton High School in Greenville. DeMint played drums for a cover band called Salt & Pepper. He received a bachelor's degree in 1973 from the University of Tennessee, where he was a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and received an MBA in 1981 from Clemson University.
    More Details Hide Details DeMint's wife, Debbie, is one of three children of the late Greenville advertising entrepreneur and South Carolina Republican figure James Marvin Henderson, Sr.
  • 1951
    Born on September 2, 1951.
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