Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jim DeMint Thinks Mormonism Will Not Be An Issue In 2012

Like Rick Santorum, Jim DeMint thinks that Mormonsim will not be a big issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign: 
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) Mormon faith won't be an issue for him in the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) argued Wednesday.

DeMint, the conservative icon who endorsed Romney in 2008 but hasn't decided whether to do so again in 2012, said that Romney's religion might not be the hindrance it has been traditionally considered to be.

"The religion is not an issue," DeMint said on MSNBC. "But I think what Americans are looking for right now is a person with principle, but courage."
Just to be clear, this isn't an endorsement of Mitt Romney but just an expression of his opinion that Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney's religion will be an issue for him in the election and that he thinks that their religion will not be an issue for the American voters either. 
However, Jim DeMint will endorse a candidate but not yet: 
As for DeMint's support, he's still keeping his powder dry when it comes to Romney or any other candidate. The South Carolina conservative said Romney "could" still win his endorsement, but that he's keeping a close eye on how the presidential candidates handle the upcoming fight over raising the debt limit.

"I'm keeping an open mind," he said. "I'm not endorsing anyone right now because I want to see what they want to do on the debt limit."
The fact that he's waiting to see how candidates, including Mitt Romney, will address the debt ceiling is interesting in light of his comments about RomneyCare.
I'd also like to point out that Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint's comments about Mormonism is in stark contrast with social conservatives who are frantically trying to find a non-Mormon candidate who can win the election that they are happy with, everybody else doesn’t give a damn what religion the candidate belongs to. They just want a candidate who has the work experience and qualifications needed to lead American and get it back on the path of financial stability.

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