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SENATOR DeMINT is in demand – CNN.com

September 4, 2011

DeMint is in demand

By Shawna Shepherd, CNN

September 4, 2011

Watch Sen. Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum on Labor Day from 3 to 5 p.m. ET on CNN or CNN.com, then watch John King’s interview with DeMint on “John King, USA” at 7 p.m. ET.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) — South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has become a firebrand, capitalizing on a tidal wave of anti-Washington sentiment that makes him the darling of the Republican conservative base and political dynamite to the party establishment.

“I don’t have the support inside Washington or even inside my own party,” DeMint said last week.

But he’s a leader in the new conservative grass-roots movement that includes so-called tea partiers, and his endorsement is one of the most sought-after among 2012 White House hopefuls.

That’s why six declared presidential candidates have agreed to participate in his Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia on Labor Day.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney initially declined DeMint’s invitation, saying he was concentrating on campaigning for the earlier primary in New Hampshire. But after falling behind to newcomer and conservative favorite Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Romney changed his mind, rescheduling events in New Hampshire to travel to Columbia for DeMint’s forum.

In addition to Romney and Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman and talk show host Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul plan to attend.

via DeMint is in demand – CNN.com.

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