Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican heralded as a potential kingmaker in the GOP presidential race, is opting not to endorse a candidate, according to news reports.
DeMint, who wields considerable power in the key primary state, is focusing on other races instead, "Fox and Friends" reported this morning, echoing a sentiment reported in The Washington Post
“I want to announce that I am very unlikely to endorse a candidate in the presidential race,” DeMint had told Post opinion writer Mark Thiessen, who noted that the statement left some wiggle room.
The Fox report today removed the wiggle room.
DeMint indicated that he's uncomfortable with the kingmaker role, anyway, telling Thiessen: "I don’t like the suggestion that there’s lots of people out there waiting for me to tell them how to vote."
Well, the candidates care, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney might care the most, as DeMint had endorsed him in 2008 presidential race.
When Thiessen asked DeMint why he wouldn't endorse Romney for 2012, he responded: “It’s a different race, different people in it, different time for our country. I would be very comfortable supporting any of . . . [our candidates] for president.”
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