So would I, Senator DeMint. That is why I, like you, agree that our presidential candidates need to listen to the Texas Congressman:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Wednesday the Republican presidential candidates need to listen to Ron Paul and would benefit from integrating some of his libertarian ideas into their platform.
“One of the things that’s hurt the so-called conservative alternative is saying negative things about Ron Paul,” DeMint told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “I’d like to see a Republican Party that embraces a lot of the libertarian ideas.”
Bruce’s senior Senator put this notion of respecting libertarian ideas in the debate on the direction of the GOP:
DeMint also said that while he didn’t fully agree with Ron Paul – especially on foreign policy – that rejecting libertarian ideology would prevent Republicans from regaining majority party status.
“If Republicans don’t understand the important aspects of what Ron Paul is saying, we won’t be able to exist as a party, certainly not a majority party,” DeMint said. “The debate in the Republican party needs to be between libertarians and conservatives, that’s what our party needs to be about. There’s no longer room for moderates and liberals because we don’t have any money to spend, so I don’t want to be debating with anyone who wants to grow government.”
Now, I have my concerns with Senator DeMint, but at least in his discussion of Mitt Romney’s work at Bain — -and understanding of free-market capitalism — appreciate the ideas which can help strengthen the GOP, increase opportunity and grow our economy.