S.C. is Republican key and DeMint is key Republican

2011-09-12T05:45:00Z S.C. is Republican key and DeMint is key RepublicanT&D Staff The Times and Democrat
September 12, 2011 5:45 am  • 

THE ISSUE: GOP presidential race; OUR OPINION: DeMint backing is more than an endorsement

Following this past week's debate in California, some have tried to portray the GOP presidential race as a growing competition between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. While prognostications have been way off the mark before, it is fair to say that Perry has grabbed his share of headlines since a late entry into the race and that Romney since four years ago has been considered a leading contender.

On Wednesday night, the two drew a sharp dividing line over Social Security, which Perry calls a Ponzi scheme that must be scrapped. He contends that telling young Americans that Social Security as it is presently constituted will be there for them is an outright lie. Romney said Wednesday that Social Security cannot go away as a benefit of being an American. It must be repaired.

Romney's position sells well with Americans as a whole. Perry is playing hard to the GOP right. The battle will be interesting: a winner among the population as a whole may be a loser among GOP primary voters.

South Carolina, with its first-in-the-South GOP primary, will be key battleground for deciding who wins the day in the GOP race. South Carolina is a GOP state, but it is solidly Republican as much for those who call themselves independent siding with the GOP as those who claim to be Republican through and through.

Endorsements of key Republicans may become crucial here, as they have been in the past when leaders such as the late Carroll A. Campbell Jr. helped propel the Bushes to key victories.

Some recent Public Policy Polling results offer insight on three key potential endorsements:

-- Voters in South Carolina continue to be closely divided in their feelings about Gov. Nikki Haley, with 41 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving of her. She's proving to have limited appeal to Democrats (an 18/71 spread), and independents split against her as well by a 35/43 margin. BUT she retains strong support from Republicans at a 62/20 spread.

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham's poll numbers reflect his efforts to overcome criticism that he is too moderate. With GOP voters, he's at a 53/32 approval spread, the best he's done in some time. And with Democrats he's at a 25/50 breakdown, worse in a while. Overall Graham's at 41/39.

-- Sen. Jim DeMint easily remains South Carolina's more popular senator at a 47/32 approval rating. His numbers aren't as good as Graham's with either Democrats or independents, but his 73/12 standing with Republicans is far superior and in a state where the plurality of voters do identify with the GOP.

Haley's numbers with Republicans make her endorsement one that will be sought. Any GOP candidate would welcome the support of Graham, who has been on the national stage before as key supporter of 2008 GOP nominee John McCain.

But Romney, Perry and any of the others have to see DeMint as the big prize. He is solid with the GOP establishment in South Carolina and his fight-Obama-and-the-Democrats-on-all-fronts approach is popular with South Carolinians, including many independents.

Not surprisingly, DeMint is often mentioned as a GOP vice presidential candidate, and his insistence that he is not seeking re-election as senator has only added to the theorizing about national ambitions. The senator will be courted and courted strongly. He is likely to play his cards close to the vest until the time is right. If he is seen as delivering South Carolina, his national stature grows, and his power to influence the GOP presidential race grows. If DeMint is interested in higher national office, and the unfolding campaign is likely to make that crystal clear.

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(21) Comments

  1. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 15, 2011 5:07 am
    OK, I read cs's 9-13 1:32 post and yes, it is a good one!
  2. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - September 14, 2011 9:43 pm
    Is it possible that one poster did NOT read sum's 9/13; 1:32's post? yes no Which I didn't. Otherwise I would have or might not have brought it up.
  3. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 14, 2011 4:44 pm
    Please illustrate how Social Security is NOT a Ponzi Scheme? As recent data shows, in 1945 there were 42 employees for every 1 recipient, now there is only 1.75 for each recipient. Proving that those at the beginning reap the benefits of those contributing now. And those contributing now, will reap NO benefits. As for DeMint, it would be refreshing to have someone that has beliefs that they adhere to, as opposed to those whose beliefs are bought and paid for.
  4. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 14, 2011 3:58 pm
    Thanks, db. It's good to see that some people are still sane and not PARTY crazy!
  5. deebee
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    deebee - September 13, 2011 11:11 pm
    Many comments are accusatory, insulting remarks about personal intelligences(reading comprehension) or one's so-called superior knowledge of history (when we all learn it the same way-first or second hand)rather than the article. It is trite-the same old-same old.
    Back to article- the supporters(TP) of Demint are backers of that presidential candidate that calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme. Does that mean Demint does too? Is Demint in favor of changing SS? Hopefully he never runs for VP.
  6. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - September 13, 2011 9:28 pm
    Kelster: Don't fall on your face answering the question about Thomas Jefferson being a Republican. OC Tech is taking applications for auditing courses.
  7. kelster
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    kelster - September 13, 2011 7:04 pm
    dirt and sum....ITS CALLED AN EXAMPLE...to back up the points you were so feebly trying to make...and dirt when you finish that raeding comprehension course, read sums post 9/13 1:32...certainly looks like clyburn was brought into the discussion...dont trip over your feet sidestepping that one
  8. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 13, 2011 4:52 pm
    Surely your comprehension skills are developed enough to grasp the point of the last post. However, that would explain your liberal leanings.
  9. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - September 13, 2011 1:51 pm
    I do not think Clyburn was ever brought into this discussion. Someone is sidestepping.LOL And was Jefferson ever a Republican? Someone is waiting for that answer. I know I am waiting for that answer.
  10. kelster
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    kelster - September 13, 2011 1:42 pm
    was clyburn ever a republican??? strom really held firm on those principles....LOL
  11. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - September 13, 2011 1:32 pm
    So liberals here dislike a man that stands his ground, holds firm to his principles, and dispute those that attempt to slander his constituents? I guess that is why they are in LOVE with Clyburn...
  12. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 12, 2011 8:57 pm
    Also, it is a known fact that Robert Byrd was a Grand Dragon.
  13. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 12, 2011 8:57 pm
    And that SC Senator was a DEMOCRAT when that happened . LOL LOL LOL And The founding father of the Democratic Party did the same. And, Kelster are you going to tell us that Thomas Jefferson was a Republican? That answer, I am waiting on.
  14. kelster
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    kelster - September 12, 2011 6:11 pm
    free some people NEVER answer they get to comfortable in their blissfullness...so dont hold your breath about dragons and such...just know that the wv senator had a conversion from his klan while BABY DADDY sc senator just lied and denied his clan
  15. sicntyrd
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    sicntyrd - September 12, 2011 3:42 pm
    #1 I don't particularly like Demint but I'll vote for him before I will Palin. Hopefully someone better will enter the field. #2 Again, if you don't like where you live, LEAVE.
  16. freethinker
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    freethinker - September 12, 2011 2:32 pm
    Truth&justice needs to tell us the rest of the story about the Grand Dragon thing. I will give you time to enlighten us. This state is about as backward as it can get. We are a joke to the national media and to stand up comedians everywhere. We are not looked upon with good favor and I agree that the tea party will not be elected. If they are, we are sunk.
  17. kelster
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    kelster - September 12, 2011 1:35 pm
    truthandjustice said: "until 2010, the Democratic Party was the Home of the KKK! Their esteemed Democratic senator from W.Va. was a Grand Dragon."

    you keep quoting this OVER AND OVER AND OVER....tell me one thing when was the last time you and he attended a meeting? you must have a personal knowledge since you quote it SO often.
  18. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - September 12, 2011 11:43 am
    EWO: What exactly have they put this country through? And, again, what racism,klin.? Remember, until 2010, the Democratic Party was the Home of the KKK! Their esteemed Democratic senator from W.Va. was a Grand Dragon.
  19. klinickis
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    klinickis - September 12, 2011 10:18 am
    ......This gop/tea party racist has done nothing for the poor and needy in this far Right and out of date state. He will also get whats coming to him!.......
  20. EyesWideOpen
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    EyesWideOpen - September 12, 2011 9:14 am
    What, exactly, has DeMint done for SC - besides hard-right Tea Party my-way-or-the-highway rhetoric and actions?

    The Tea Party is tanking in the national polls - their intransigence led to our credit rating being down-graded.

    The "true" independent voter will never elect a TP candidate after what they have put the country through.
  21. Dawgs101
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    Dawgs101 - September 12, 2011 8:18 am
    Only a South Carolina newspaper will seriously write about Sen. DeMint being a serious v.p. candidate in the 2012. While he's a popular Senator in S. C. and deservedly so, the Senator is too far to the right of right to be considered a national candidate. Very few states if any see eye to eye with South Carolina politics. Too far out of the range of reason. You're talking about a Senator who thinks a single mother is unfit to be a teacher. Lord have mercy, we can do better folk.
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