U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has drawn fire from some Republican colleagues for his backing of ultra-conservative candidates including Delaware Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell during this year’s primaries, had some kind words for our governor this weekend.
Asked his thoughts on the 2012 presidential race, the conservative Senator pointed to New Jersey’s freshman governor as one possible choice for the GOP nomination.
“I’m looking for someone that’s almost like a Governor Christie in New Jersey who’s willing to tell people the hard truth that the federal government can’t do anymore, we’ve got to do less if you want to save our country, and fight the fights against the union bosses,” he told CNN.
“And so, I’m looking for a combination of Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill, and I know he or she is out there somewhere,” he added.
Like Christie, DeMint has been talked about as a possible GOP nominee, and like Christie has said he is not interested.
While backing from a U.S. Senator is generally not a bad thing, DeMint is not in the best standing with the GOP establishment as many feel the support that he and former Republican Vice Presidential Candidte Sarah Palin threw to O’Donnell was irresponsible and could cost the party a shot at controlling the senate next year.
Christie backed O’Donnell’s opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, who most observers thought had a chance to take the Delaware seat that was once filled by Vice President Joe Biden. Since O’Donnell’s upset, most pundits believe the seat will remain in Democratic hands.