Sen. Jim DeMint says he is tired of President Barack Obama’s speeches on how he plans to improve the economy and the South Carolina Republican wants to see something new “in writing.” The tea party favorite also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday hints of what Obama will talk about in his Thursday jobs speech do not build confidence with business.
“I am sick and tired of speeches — the president told us not only the stimulus but Obamacare would help the economy,” he said. “Dodd-Frank, mortgage bailout — this is probably the 10th speech of various kinds . . . I want to see something in writing and what the president is talking about is more of the same.
“And frankly, over August, I had a chance to talk to dozens of businesses — nothing that he is talking about now relates to what they are telling me,” DeMint said.
Hannity asked DeMint what he thought of reports that Obama will present his jobs plan incrementally and, if so, why does the president need to make Thursday’s speech before a joint session of Congress.
“Well, he needs to write it down — we just went through this with the debt limit — he said, he might consider this, he might consider that. We never got anything in writing and he never agreed to anything,” DeMint said. “And so, spending the evening listening to him talk about things that are never going to end up in legislation — or if they do, they will be very different — is pretty frustrating.
“A lot of people are hurting, Sean — our economy is in serious danger — the debt is getting worse every day and the president is just giving speeches and mostly campaigning,” he said. “So, I think Republicans like we saw in the forum that I was part of yesterday are talking about specific job plans . . . and I think what we need do is just to point out in our view, our vision of what makes America work, is completely opposite than the president.”
Hannity then asked DeMint what he thought of recent comments from Democrats, and Teamster President James Hoffa on Labor Day, attacking the tea party.
“Well, the president and Democrats are trying to demonize the tea party movement and then everything Republicans do, just like they said my forum was a tea-party forum,” DeMint said. “Tea parties weren’t involved with organizing the forum — everyone who disagrees with the president now is a tea party member. The problem he has now, Sean, 60 percent of Americans think we’re on the wrong track.
“The president is taking on the American people and the American voters, they disagree with him — and he’s calling him all tea party members if they don’t agree with him,” he continued. “So, he can’t run on his record — he’s got to demonize the active citizens who were taking him on. And I expect to hear a whole lot more of it, just like we heard from Jimmy Hoffa.
“If a Republican or conservative had said what was said at that meeting, we would be taken to task by every media outlet in the country.”
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